Graham smothers Union, advances to Region D Championship

Region D, 2A Semi Final #3 Graham G-Men (11-1): 28 #2 Union Bears (9-3): 7   BIG STONE GAP, Va.,-Consider any demons exorcised. Behind a dominant defense and a big play offense, the Graham G-Men rolled into Bullitt Park and routed the Union Bears 28-7 in the Region D semi final. Bullitt Park had not been kind to the G-Men in recent history, as the Bears had ended the G-Men’s season in two prior occurrences in Big Stone Gap.… Read the rest
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Coalfield Sports Playoff Polls, who wins?

    Seth HearlSeth. Sports fan. Big Stone Gap native. Freelance writer. Knows the difference between a 3-4 and a 4-3 as well as the species of the symbiote from Spider-Man (Klyntar). A decade plus covering local high school sport in one capacity or another. Takes himself very, very seriously. Hire me!!!!… Read the rest
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Palmer, Adams familiar foes as Raiders take on Rebels

  Region D, 1A Semi Final John I. Burton Raiders (9-2, 5-0) 3-seed at Patrick Henry Rebels (10-1, 2-1) 2-seed   J.I. Burton, fresh off a first round victory over Holston, faces a much stiffer task this week when they travel to take on the 10-1 Patrick Henry Rebels in the 1D semi finals. Burton is riding the wave of momentum of nine straight wins but the Rebels are no strangers to long winning streaks.… Read the rest
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Graham and Union set for another playoff showdown

Region D, 2A Semi Finals Graham G-Men (10-1, 5-0) 3-seed at Union Bears (9-2, 4-2) 2-seed   Two of the most successful Region D programs in recent memory will meet this week. The Graham G-Men travel to Big Stone Gap to take on the Union Bears in the Region D semi finals. The two teams have won a combined 84 games since 2015, with both teams winning double digit games in 2016 and 2017.… Read the rest
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Chilhowie hosts Grundy with trip to Region D Final on the line.

Region D, 1A Semi Final Grundy Golden Wave (7-4, 3-0) 4-seed at Chilhowie Warriors (11-0, 5-0) 1-seed   The Warrior train is rolling, but the visiting Wave from Grundy hope to derail that train. Friday’s semi final showdown has Grundy making the trek to Warrior Stadium in hopes of pulling off the shocking upset and ended the Warrior’s holes of a state title. Chilhowie has made a habit of steamolling opponents en route to 11 straight wins, all coming by at least 23 points.… Read the rest
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Burton trounces Holston in a muddy affair

  Region D, 1A Quarterfinals    John I. Burton Raiders (9-2, 5-0): 30   Holston Cavaliers (6-5, 1-2): 6   NORTON, Va.,-By the end of Saturday’s game, the only way to tell the two teams apart was by the joyful expressions from the victorious Raiders’ squad compared to the collective dejected look coming from the Cavaliers who came up short. In a game that saw the muddy conditions play a major part, the John I.… Read the rest
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Chilhowie steamrolls Eastside to advance to region semis

Region D, 1A Quarterfinals   Chilhowie Warriors (11-0, 5-0): 49 Eastside Spartans (4-7, 4-1): 0   CHILHOWIE, Va.,-The Chilhowie train keeps rolling. The Warriors scored early and often in route to a dominating 49-0 win over the visiting Eastside Spartans in the first round of the Region 1D playoffs. Led by dynamic quarterback Zack Cale, Chilhowie scored 14 points in the opening stanza followed by 21 points in the second to build a commanding 35-0 lead at the half, a deficit that proved insurmountable.… Read the rest
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Union uses power run game to eliminate John Battle

Region D, 2A Quarterfinals  Union-21 John Battle-0 The Union Bears relied on their power run game and a suffocating defense to end the John Battle Trojans’ season Saturday at Bullitt Park. The Bears (9-2) racked up over 300 rushing yards on offense and shut out the visiting Trojans (5-6) for the second straight week to advance to a Region D semi-final matchup with Graham. Leading the charge for the home team was senior running back Aaron Stidham, who rushed for 117 yards on 16 carries.… Read the rest
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Raiders, Cavaliers set for playoff duel

Region D, 1A Holston Cavaliers (6-4, 1-2 Hogoheegee, 6th seed) at John I. Burton Raiders (8-2, 5-0 Cumberland, 3rd seed)   The Burton Raiders and the Holston Cavaliers clash in the first round of the 1A Region D playoffs this Saturday. The home standing Raiders, the third seed, look to keep their momentum going in the playoff opener after winning eight straight games after starting the season 0-2. Holston comes to Norton looking to make the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2009.… Read the rest
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Chilhowie opens hopeful return trip to Salem with Eastside

Region D, 1A Eastside Spartans (4-6, 4-1 Cumberland, 8th seed) at Chilhowie Warriors (10-0, 3-0 Hogoheegee, 1st seed) Chilhowie starts its quest for their first state title since 1970 this week in their playoff opener when they host the Eastside Spartans in a rematch from week seven. The Warriors rolled the Spartans in Coeburn, 46-7 in the regular season. This week may prove to be more difficult for Eastside, as the 8th seed must travel to Chilhowie for their date with the undefeated Warriors.… Read the rest
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