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Monday, November 28, 2005

The Weekend Gridiron Recap

As we near the end of the football season at high schools and colleges around the Commonwealth and nation, the joy of victory gets much sweeter, while the anguish of defeat gets much heavier to bear through the winter.

On Friday, many of Virginia's high schools participated in playoff games in an effort to inch ever closer to that moment of eternal glory, the State Championship. Highlights from the weekend's action include the refs at Salem High School determining that it is no longer necessary for a receiver to catch the ball in bounds to be awarded a touchdown and Turner Ashby's dramatic fourth-quarter comeback to upset Handley.

In Class AA, which is the only division I care about, the Division 4 bracket is down to Sherando, Powhatan, Bassett and the oh-so-fortunate Salem Spartans. Meanwhile in Division 3 we've got Liberty-Bedford against Richlands, with TA slipping the hangman's noose to face James Monroe. Good luck to all those schools this weekend.

In college football, the Bridgewater College Eagles kept their National Championship dreams alive by defeating Thiel College on Saturday. Bridgewater is one of only 8 D-III schools left standing and will travel to Wesley College in Dover, Delaware for Saturday's South Region final. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the West Region final game between Linfield (OR) and UW-Whitewater (WI). The other four remaining teams are North Region finalists Capital (OH) and Mount Union (OH), and East Region finalists Union (NY) and Rowan (NJ). You can get the bracket and follow all the action at

Finally, the Virginia Tech Hokies will have the chance to defend their ACC title Saturday night in Jacksonville after beating UNC to advance to the first-ever ACC Championship game (presented by Dr. Pepper). The Hokies will face a Florida State team that has lost their last three games in a row. Still, the Hokies have lost their past eleven meetings with FSU and have never beaten a Bobby Bowden coached team. If the Hokies can get the run game going, as they have to perfection the past two weeks, then they should win easily. If they struggle on the ground, Marcus Vick will need to be much more accurate in his throws than he has been recently for the Hokies to have a chance to win. Fortunately, Virginia Tech has one of the nation's best defenses and I believe FSU will find it difficult to get points on the board in this one. A win by the Hokies would put them in the Orange Bowl where they could face Big Ten Champ Penn State. A loss would drop them to the Gator Bowl against the Lousiville Cardinals.

We'll just have to see what happens this saturday at 8:00 PM on ABC.


Blogger great state said...

Just curious, but why is AA the only classification that interests you?

I tend to agree with that, with single A following closely, and AAA hardly even on my radar.

5:03 PM

Anonymous Informed Patriot said...

Let us not forget that the Richmond Spiders upended Hampton on Saturday night in a big way. Stacey Tutt should have another big game at home versus Furman this weekend! GO SPIDERS!

6:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In many parts of the State, Class A is more competitive then AA

8:35 PM

Blogger Old Zach said...

For the sake of (relative) brevity, I decided to focus on the AA playoffs solely. Plus, my alma mater is in AA so I know a little bit more about those teams.

10:04 PM

Anonymous Chad said...

Group A football is lots of fun, as well.

10:43 PM


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