Lake Taylor takes the field (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Several playoff rematches are on tap, making for juicy story lines this weekend
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
There aren’t many fresh faces at this point in the playoffs. In addition to familiar names, we have some games that have a rivalry history behind them.
The last time Patrick Henry got this far, they lost to Phoebus in the state championship. That was 2001.
Varina was last in the state semifinals in 2008. They lost to Osbourn who turned around and lost to Oscar Smith in the title game that year.
Class 6 gives us Colonial Forge at Oscar Smith. Those two teams have met four times and Oscar Smith has won all of them.
South County and Westfield have met in the playoffs four times since South County High School opened in 2005. Westfield has won three of those four meetings. The last time they played in the postseason was in the 2016 state semifinal. Westfield won 20-3 and went on to win the state championship that year.
In Class 5, Maury and Varina haven’t met in the past 20 years at least. Varina opened in 1886 and Maury opened in 1911, so we could go back a long way without finding a game between the two.
Stone Bridge opened in 2000 and they’ve only played North Stafford twice. Both occasions came in the playoffs and Stone Bridge won both meetings (2014 and 2018). Last year, Stone Bridge won by a score of 49-26, then went on to lose to Highland Springs in the state championship game.
Here is the full slate of VHSL State Semifinal games. The winners will meet in the state championship games for each level as noted.
Colonial Forge (11-2) at Oscar Smith (12-1) 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7
South County (13-0) at Westfield (13-0) 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Championship game at Hampton University, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14
Varina (11-2) vs. Maury (13-0) Noon Saturday, December 7 at Powhatan Field, Norfolk
North Stafford (9-4) at Stone Bridge (11-1) 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Championship game at Hampton University, Noon Saturday, December 14
Patrick Henry-Ashland (10-3) at Lake Taylor (11-2) 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Tuscarora (12-1) vs. Salem-Salem (12-1) 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7 at City Stadium, Salem
Championship game at Liberty University, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14
Goochland (12-1) at Hopewell (13-0) 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Heritage-Lynchburg (11-1) at Lord Botetourt (13-0) 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Championship game at Liberty University, Noon Saturday, December 14
Thomas Jefferson (11-2) at Stuarts Draft (12-1) 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Graham (11-2) at Appomattox (11-2) 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Championship game at Salem City Stadium, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14
Essex (12-1) at Riverheads (13-0) 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Galax (11-1) vs. Patrick Henry-GS (13-0) 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7 at Emory and Henry College
Championship game at Salem City Stadium, Noon Saturday, December 14
– Andy Hilton