Lake Taylor QB Jeff Foster (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
There aren’t many holes in the Class 4 brackets
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
For the most part, the home teams should be solid favorites in the opening round. The #4 vs. #5 games should be the most contested games this week.
Region 4C is unique in that the top four teams from the Dulles District are pitted against the top four teams from the Northwestern District.
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 Great Bridge (3-7) at #1 Lake Taylor (8-2)
#5 Warwick (6-4) at #4 Hampton (7-3)
#6 King’s Fork (3-7) at #3 Warhill (8-2)
#7 Menchville (4-6) at #2 Churchland (8-2)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #5 Warwick at #4 Hampton. This is a rematch, but Warwick has improved since they fell to the Crabbers 28-26 on September 12. The Raiders are 5-1 over the last six games.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #8 Great Bridge at #1 Lake Taylor. The Titans may have some chinks in their armor and the Wildcats have been tested, but Lake Taylor should be able to out-athlete Great Bridge if they need to.
#8 King George (6-4) at #1 Louisa (10-0)
#5 Spotsylvania (7-3) at #4 Patrick Henry-ASH (7-3)
#6 Huguenot (6-4) at #2 Eastern View (9-1)
#7 Dinwiddie (5-5) at #2 Monacan (8-2)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #7 Dinwiddie at #2 Monacan. The Generals have to be the strongest seven seed in the entirety of the VHSL playoffs this year. Their 5-5 record includes losses to Massaponax (8-2), North Stafford (6-4), Prince George in OT (7-3), Hopewell (10-0) and Thomas Dale (7-3). Monacan is tough, but Dinwiddie is not the typical seven seed.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #8 King George vs. #1 Louisa. The Foxes have accomplished much this season, after going 3-7 in 2017 and 1-9 last year. Louisa is a powerhouse. They now have three 10-0 regular seasons in a row. The Lions lost in the 2017 state championship game to Salem (Salem).
#4 NW-Millbrook (7-3) at #1 Dulles-Broad Run (10-0)
#3 Dulles- Loudoun Valley (6-4) at #2 NW-John Handley (8-2)
#3 NW-Sherando (7-3) at #2 Dulles-Tuscarora (9-1)
#4 Dulles-Loudoun County (6-4) at #1 NW-Liberty-Bealeton (10-0)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: Sherando at Tuscarora. The Huskies were a Class 5 State Championship runner up in 2017 and continue to be solid. Sherando closed out the regular season on a four-game winning streak. These two teams have never met on the gridiron.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: Loudoun County at Liberty. Liberty was the best of a 15 team district and finished 10-0. Loudoun County was somewhat lucky to get six wins and qualify for the post-season. They lost three of their last five games. Their last three wins came against Warren County (2-8), Independence (2-8) and Heritage (1-9).
#8 Amherst County (2-8) at #1 Salem-Salem (9-1)
#5 GW-Danville (7-3) at #4 Halifax County (7-3)
#6 Blacksburg (6-4) at #3 Pulaski County (8-2)
#7 Jefferson Forest (6-4) at #2 E.C. Glass (9-1)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #5 GW-Danville at #4 Halifax. GW-Danville blasted the Comets 62-27 on October 18. GW was the home team for that game. Now they have to travel 35 miles to play a road playoff game and try to repeat the feat.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #8 Amherst at #1 Salem. Amherst is a two-win team. Salem had a down year in 2018 (7-4) after winning the Class 4 state title each of the three prior seasons.
– Andy Hilton