Graham wallops Radford, advances to state championship

With Radford having an 11-game winning streak and Graham having a 13-game winning streak, it appeared this match up would be a barn burner. That was not the case, as the G-Men (13-1) throttled the Bobcats (12-2) 57-13 in the state semifinals. Graham forced five first-half turnovers and quarterback Cameron Allen accounted for six first-half scores to jump out to 48-0 halftime lead.   There was commotion on social media about the VHSL forcing games to be moved to alternate locations due to nasty weather and field conditions. … Read the rest

Bobcats, G-Men set for semifinal match-up

It is always a huge accomplishment for a high school football team to continue play in December. The two-a-days back in August and going to battle week after week, have prepared two teams from southwest Virginia to be contenders for a state ring.  Radford (12-1) and Graham (12-1) are only one game away from a trip to Salem for the Class 2A state championship. The young Bobcats won the Region 2C championship last week knocking off “Goliath” with a 28-25 victory over the three-time defending state champions, Appomattox.… Read the rest

Galax thumps Narrows in Region C rematch

In 2017, the Region 1C championship between the Maroon Tide and Green Wave was a nail-bitter that ended with a 28-27 Galax victory. The two met up again in this year’s regional championship, but the Maroon Tide had control of this game before it even hit halftime. Galax (11-2) racked up 402 yards of total offense and held Narrows (10-3) to just 67 total yards of offense. Blake Brown rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Maroon Tide over the Green Wave 55-0.… Read the rest

Radford dethrones Appomattox, advances to semifinals

It was a busy Saturday in the New River Valley. Two high school regional championships were played along with Virginia Tech and Virginia battling for the Commonwealth Cup. Top-seeded Radford played host to the third-seeded Appomattox Raiders for the Region 2C Championship. As we approach the final two weeks of high school football, one thing is certain.  Appomattox will not contend for the Class 2A state title. After trailing 17-7 early in the game, Radford (12-1) battled back and defeated the three-time defending state champions 28-25.… Read the rest

Bobcats look to end Appomattox’s domination of Class 2

Not many people expected Radford and Appomattox to still be playing this late in the post season. Radford finished 2017 with a 2-8 record and did not make it into the post season. For Appomattox, even though they won their third-straight state championship last year, many expected them to have a rebuilding season as they lost most of their talented senior athletes. From the looks of it, the Raiders just reloaded, being led by underclassmen.… Read the rest

Maroon Tide, Green Wave set for Region C rematch

This time last year, Galax and Narrows were preparing to go to battle for the Region 1C championship. In a game that came down to the final seconds, the Maroon Tide escaped Ragsdale Field with a 28-27 victory over the Green Wave. After rolling their first two opponents in this post season, Galax (10-2) and Narrows (10-2) will meet again for the region championship, however, this year Narrows will travel to Galax.… Read the rest

Narrows avenges regular season loss to Fightin’ Blues

In the final week of the regular season, Parry McCleur (7-5) defeated Narrows (10-2) 35-34 to claim a share of the Pioneer District title. In the second round of the Region 1C playoffs, the Green Wave got revenge on their district foe, as they rolled the Fighting Blues 56-28. Matthew Morgan accounted for three scores in the Green Wave victory. Narrows jumped out to a 14-0 lead as Morgan scored twice from one-yard out.… Read the rest

Cougars rally isn’t enough to top Bruins

Midway through the third quarter fans started leaving Christiansburg High School. Blacksburg (12-0) jumped out to a 28-0 lead over Pulaski (8-4) after a pick six from Brian Mitchell. Those same fans were in shock when hearing that the Cougars rallied back with 21 unanswered points and were set up in scoring position on their last drive. However, Pulaski came up just one yard short of converting a fourth-and-three inside the Bruins 20-yard line.… Read the rest

Brown, Vaught lead Galax past the Maroons

The saying, ‘It’s hard to beat the same team twice,’ was not the case for the Maroon Tide. After escaping with a 21-14 victory in week seven, Galax blasted the Maroons 42-14 in the post season rematch. Blake Brown and Caxton Vaught combined for 349 rushing yards and four touchdowns to lead top-seeded Galax (10-2) over George Wythe (7-5). After forcing the Maroon Tide to go three-and-out on their first possession, GW quarterback Cole Simmons marched the Maroons into Galax territory.… Read the rest

Hawks soar into battle with rabid Bobcats

Radford looks to continue their Cinderella story as the top-seeded Bobcats get to host their second playoff game this week against the Gretna Hawks in a rematch from week four. Radford (10-1) is on a nine-game winning streak since falling to Galax in week two. Since that game, the Bobcats have dominated most of their opponents, only allowing seven points per game while scoring nearly 30 points per game. Radford blanked Fort Chiswell 22-0 last Thursday for their first playoff win since 2015.… Read the rest