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Hopewell, which is 11-0, has 102 players combined on its varsity and JV teams, despite a smaller school population than many of its foes.

Central District enrollment

Hopewell is the sixth-smallest school in the district but has the third-largest football team. Participation numbers, which are compiled by the VHSL, include the number of players on the team at the end of the season and come from 2018, the most recent numbers available.

School Enrollment Football players
Thomas Dale 2,279 136
Prince George 1,789 105
Meadowbrook 1,749 72
Matoaca 1,654 86
Dinwiddie 1,271 59
Hopewell 1,079 102
Petersburg 913 76
Colonial Heights 857 35
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The Blue Devils, shown practicing last Wednesday, have thrived with support from the Hopewell community. Local businesses have paid for equipment and gameday uniforms.

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Head Coach Ricky Irby talks with his team during Hopewell High School football practice Wed. Nov. 13, 2019 in Hopewell VA.

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Sports reporter

Eric Kolenich writes sports stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, focusing on local athletes and teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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