Maury 2019 (Photo: Danny Haymond/recruit757)
The Region 5A vs. 5B state semifinal is one to look forward to.
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Region 5A is thick with competition. Cox was the only 6-4 team to make the postseason in that region, besting Gloucester, who also finished 6-4.
Region 5B is solid as well, with four-time defending state champion Highland Springs at the top of the bracket.
Region 5C could be a cake walk for Stone Bridge, since they’re 9-1 with the #2 seed Woodgrove (defending Class 4 State Champion) at 6-4. Both Stone Bridge and Woodgrove get first round byes. #6 seed Lee is a one-win playoff team.
Region 5D has eight teams, but the bottom four have nine wins between them. Harrisonburg is a five-win #4 seed.
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 Cox (6-4) at #1 Salem-VB (10-0)
#5 Woodside (9-1) at #4 Princess Anne (8-2)
#6 Nansemond River (8-2) at #3 Indian River (8-2)
#7 Deep Creek (7-3) at #2 Maury (10-0)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #5 Woodside at #4 Princess Anne. This playoff home game is a first for Princess Anne going back decades. Despite losing only to Phoebus (9-1), Woodside gets a #5 seed at 9-1.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #8 Cox at #1 Salem. We saw this game at Salem last week. The Sun Devils won 28-3.
#8 Henrico (6-4) at #1 Highland Springs (10-0)
#5 Clover Hill (8-2) at #4 Varina (8-2)
#6 Prince George (7-3) at #3 Deep Run (10-0)
#7 Douglas Freeman (7-3) at #2 Manchester (9-1)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #6 Prince George at #3 Deep Run. Deep Run is a weaker 10-win team. They only beat four teams with a winning record, and one was Class 2 Thomas Jefferson (8-2). The Wildcats beat Henrico (6-4), Freeman (7-3) and only beat Patrick Henry (7-3) by a score of 17-14. Prince George is an upstart, not having a winning season in more than 20 years. Someone is going to get a confidence boost with a first round playoff win. Deep Run hasn’t won a playoff game since 2006 and they have exited in the first round each of the last three years.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #8 Henrico at #1 Highland Springs. Highland Springs beat them on October 4 by a score of 41-8.
#1 Stone Bridge (9-1) bye
#6 R.E. Lee (1-9) at #3 Briar Woods (5-5)
#2 Woodgrove (6-4) bye
#5 Potomac Falls (4-6) at #4 Riverside (6-4)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: #5 Potomac Falls at #4 Riverside. These two squared off on September 27 with Riverside winning 15-9.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #6 R.E. Lee at #3 Briar Woods. No one-win team should be in the post-season.
#8 Stafford (2-8) at #1 Mountain View (8-2)
#5 William Fleming (3-7) at #4 Harrisonburg (5-5)
#6 Albemarle (3-7) at #3 Patrick Henry-ROA (6-4)
#7 Brooke Point (1-9) at #2 North Stafford (6-4)
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME: None. All Games are regular season rematches. MV beat Stafford 21-7. Harrisonburg beat Fleming 52-10. Patrick Henry beat Albemarle 26-0.
WORST FIRST ROUND GAME: #7 Brooke Point at #2 North Stafford. The Wolverines played a tough schedule, losing to Highland Springs (10-0), Mountain View (8-2), Colonial Forge (8-2) and Massaponax (8-2). North Stafford beat one-win Brook Point 41-14 on October 25.
– Andy Hilton