Month: August 2018

Tomorrow is the first ever meeting between Tennessee and West Virginia.  It is not however the first ever meeting between Tennessee and West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.  In fact, most Tennessee fans would probably just as soon never see Will Grier again because he’s the author of one of the most painful moments in recent […]

Week #1 Scores Frank Cox 49; Bayside 28 Ocean Lakes 27; Kellam 0 Landstown 34; Green Run 0 Tallwood 33; Princess Anne 6 Warwick 33; Granby 14 Woodside 38; Gloucester 25 Oscar Smith 41; West Forsyth, N.C. 26 Thomas Dale 38; Cosby 0 Colonial Forge 51; Patriot 35 Riverbend 54; James River-Chesterfield 41 Clover Hill […]

As High School Football opens in the Commonwealth of Virginia there are plenty of great rivalries.  Few match the event known as Bluefield vs. Graham on a late August Friday night in front a packed house of 12,000 at Bluefield’s Mitchell Stadium. A great rivalry was born in the 1980s in the Highlands of the […]

Thursday August 23rd: Clover Hill at Mills Godwin – 7:00 pm Osbourn at North Stafford – 7:00 pm Meadowbrook at Lloyd C. Bird – 6:00 pm Roosevelt, D.C. at Falls Church – 7:00 pm Tuscarora at King George – 7:00 pm Dinwiddie at Denbigh – 7:00 pm J.I. Burton at Union – 7:00 pm Virginia […]

We finish up the preseason roundup with the tiny little Hogoheegee District in far Southwest Virginia.  Next year, the league will expand but for now it remains a four team league with two very good teams, and two very average teams Chilhowie Warriors (Class 1; Region 1D) 2017 Record:  11 – 4 overall; 3 – […]

In 7 years covering the Southwest District, I was witness to some of the best football in Southwest Virginia, and at least one unforgettable story.  Graham, Richlands, Tazewell, and Grundy formed a four team league that could not only compete amongst themselves, but on the state level as well.  Graham won a State Title in […]

Nine. That’s the number of State Championships won by Dogwood District teams since the mid-2000s.   Gretna has three, Altavista three and Appomattox has won 3 in a row and tries to join elite company this year by winning its 4th straight State Championship.  Only two schools, Hampton and Phoebus have accomplished that goal. Appomattox […]

The Mountain Empire is an interesting collection of schools.   You have what can best be described as annual state championship contenders in Galax and George Wythe, combined with Fort Chiswell who may or may not be good, but when they are, they are really good to go with struggling programs like Bland County and Auburn […]

The long standing Pioneer District underwent a bit of a makeover last year with James River moving out while Narrows and Eastern Montgomery moved in.  All Narrows did in its first year is when the District Title and advance all the way to the Regional Finals where they lost to Galax. Can the Green Wave […]

At the confluence of the famous Three Rivers in Pittsburgh stands the stadium that is home to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  At the confluence of the Three Rivers in Southwest Virginia stands some really good football.  A mix of teams from the old New River District,  a former Mountain Empire Team, a misplaced refugee from the […]