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Hopewell-Dinwiddie to feature top quarterbacks, but top running backs may be out of action

Hopewell-Dinwiddie to feature top quarterbacks, but top running backs may be out of action

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Dinwiddie's Brenton Hilton ( 14) looks to pass as he is defended by Thomas Dale's Hazzon Ellis (11) during a football game on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Virginia.

While the quarterbacks will be fun to watch when Hopewell (3-0) and Dinwiddie (3-0) are scheduled to square off Friday, the game may not have two of the area’s top young running backs.

Hopewell sophomore Kesean Henderson, the brother of Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson and UVA running back Ronnie Walker Jr., had knee surgery in preseason and hasn’t played, Hopewell coach Ricky Irby said.

Henderson, a 6-foot 185-pounder who also plays linebacker, is considered a four-star recruit by 247Sports and has offers from Power Five schools.

“He’s recovering nicely and it’s going well,” Irby said. “It’s something that’s been bothering him for a while. … Nothing serious, nothing major. They just kind of went in and cleaned it up a little bit.

“I think we’ll have him back at some point this year. Just not sure when.”

Hopewell, No. 5 in The Times-Dispatch rankings, has used a committee of backs with Khatoine Taylor, Kentrell McDaniels and Patrick Scott.

Third-ranked Dinwiddie was without freshman running back Harry Dalton last week against No. 7 Matoaca. Dalton, who’s 6-0, 190 pounds, has a stress fracture in his foot, Dinwiddie coach Billy Mills said.

Mills said he expects Dalton to return before the season is over. Sophomore Raphael Tucker had 59 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the 35-14 victory over Matoaca.

Dinwiddie quarterback Brenton Hilton, a senior, was terrific against Matoaca, throwing for 271 yards and two touchdowns and running for two scores.

Hopewell quarterback Mason Cumbie, a 6-3, 195-pound junior, has an offer from ODU and interest from Virginia Tech, among others. He has thrown for 483 yards and six TDs (two interceptions) and run for 223 yards and four TDs.

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