(WFXR) — There will be a total of five Southwest Virginia squads competing for a spot in the state championship after George Wythe, E.C. Glass and Heritage won their respective region finals on Saturday. They join Christiansburg and Appomattox, who won on Friday night.
The Maroons defeated Grayson County, 48-28, in the region 1C championship, setting up a date with Grundy in Wytheville in the Class 1 semifinals next weekend.
“I am kinda in awe about it to tell you the truth,” George Wythe head coach Brandon Harner said. “I am enjoying it. I am so happy for these kids and the work they have put in, in everything that they do. To see the smiles on their faces, that makes it worth all of the time and effort.”
E.C. Glass took down perennial powerhouse Salem in the region 4D championship, 35-21. The Hilltoppers held off a late Spartans rally by answering each of Salem’s fourth quarter touchdowns with a score of their own.
“It feels great. You know I’ve been dreaming about this since I was little,” E.C. Glass senior quarterback George White said. “Working for 17 years now for this. To be able to do this at this school means so much to me.”
And now head coach Jeff Woody’s team is in the state semifinals for the first time since 1995.
“We’re not done yet though. I don’t want them partying too much. Settle down,” Woody said. “We got work to do. And it’s real quick Monday. We have to go back to work on Monday.”
The Hilltoppers’ crosstown rival, Heritage, also advanced to the state semifinals by getting revenge over Liberty Christian, 22-17. The Bulldogs, two-time defending region champions, had won the previous three meetings over the Pioneers.
But Heritage came out on top in the all-Seminole District showdown for the region 3C crown, earning the school’s sixth title since 2012.
“There are a lot of advantages coming here and our kids didn’t worry about that they didn’t worry about recruiting they didn’t worry about any of the competitive advantages we just came in and won a championship,” head coach Brad Bradley said. “I think tonight and more importantly just believing in ourselves it wasn’t pretty we don’t give style points we found a way to win. Now we have to enjoy this until we get off the field and get ready for Christiansburg.”
It was the Pioneers’ first win over LCA since 2019.
“It feels amazing seeing what we did in practice and basically projecting it into a game making sure what we needed to do,” senior running back Rajon Booker said. “Not making little mistakes given what they gave us that basically won us the game and it was amazing.”
- Saturday’s State Semifinal Match-ups
- Class 1: Grundy at George Wythe
- Class 2: Appomattox at Graham
- Class 3: Christiansburg at Heritage
- Class 4: Kettle Run at E.C. Glass