Are the undefeated teams, Hopewell, York, and Lord Botetourt on a collison course?
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Hopewell and York have dominated Region 3A. Lord Botetourt has dominated Region 3D. Could we see two 14-0 teams square off in the state championship?
As the #1 and #2 seeds in Region 3A, York and Hopewell may have the opportunity to test each other just in order to win the region. Last year’s Class 3 State Champion Heritage-Lynchburg may have a say in naming a state champion once again.
Teams that are paired off will see the winners face each other in the region semifinal with the higher seeded winner playing as the home team.
Most games in the opening round should be played at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, but game dates and times are TBA.
#8 Southampton (6-4) at #1 Hopewell (10-0)
#5 Norcom (6-4) at #4 Lafayette (9-1)
#6 Tabb (5-5) at #3 Phoebus (9-1)
#7 Petersburg (5-5) at #2 York (10-0)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #5 Norcom at #4 Lafayette. If the Rams hadn’t slipped up against York, they would be in position for a second round playoff game. Instead, that’s York. Norcom may play a tougher schedule, but this Greyhound team doesn’t have a true quality win. John Marshall (6-4), Petersburg (5-5) and Booker T. Washington (4-6) are at the same level as the teams that Norcom has beaten in previous seasons.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #8 Southampton at #1 Hopewell. The Indians haven’t seen a team like this Hopewell team this year.
#8 Warren County (2-8) at #1 Goochland (9-1)
#5 Skyline (5-5) at #4 William Monroe (6-4)
#6 George Mason (4-6) at #3 Brentsville (7-3)
#7 Central Woodstock (4-6) at #2 James Monroe (2-8)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #5 Skyline at #4 Monroe. Monroe won the regular season meeting 41-27 at Skyline on October 18. Now the Dragons get a chance to beat the Hawks again, this time at home.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #8 Warren County at #1 Goochland. Goochland’s only loss was in the season opener to Lafayette (9-1).
#8 Western Albemarle (4-6) at #1 Heritage-Lynchburg (9-1)
#5 Turner Ashby (6-4) at #4 Liberty Christian (7-3)
#6 Brookville (4-6) at #3 Rockbridge County (8-2)
#7 Fluvanna (5-5) at #2 Spotswood (10-0)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #5 Turner Ashby (5-5) at #4 Liberty Christian (7-3). The two teams have never met. The two teams have no common opponents this season.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #7 Fluvanna at #2 Spotswood. Spotswood navigated the regular season with an undefeated record. The Trailblazers have outscored opponents 410-90 this season. The two teams haven’t met in the last 20 years, if at all.
#8 William Byrd (3-7) at #1 Lord Botetourt (10-0)
#5 Christiansburg (5-5) at #4 Hidden Valley (6-4)
#6 Bassett (6-4) at #3 Magna Vista (7-3)
#7 Abingdon (5-5) at #2 Northside (7-3)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #6 Bassett at #3 Magna Vista. On Friday, these two teams met at Bassett with Bassett winning 16-12. They’ll turn right around and do it again this week with the loser’s season being done.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #8 Wiliam Byrd at #1 Lord Botetourt. Yet another lopsided first round match up.
– Andy Hilton