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VHSL sets playoff field, first-round games on tap for Friday
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VHSL sets playoff field, first-round games on tap for Friday

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Nine area football squads are headed to the Virginia High School League playoffs, headlined by Liberty Christian, which was the only local team to earn a No. 1 regional seed. 

The VHSL released its pairings across all six classes Sunday afternoon. Lynchburg-area schools all reside within Classes 1 through 4. 

In Class 3, it was no surprise to see LCA (9-0) take the top Region 3C seed after wrapping a perfect regular season and winning the Seminole District title by defeating E.C. Glass 41-21 on Friday night. The Bulldogs have occupied the top region spot in the VHSL's power point rankings for the majority of the season. LCA hosts No. 8 and bottom seed Wilson Memorial (5-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 

The VHSL did not immediately release dates and times Sunday, but first-round games are typically played on Friday nights. 

"We're not done yet, let's say that," LCA receiver Jaylin Belford said after Friday night's victory. "We've still got regions to go to first. We take it one game at a time. Win regions and then we're gonna win state."

Also in 3C, Heritage (8-2) took the No. 2 seed and hosts No. 7 Waynesboro (5-5) on Friday night at 7 p.m. at City Stadium, Pioneers coach Brad Bradley confirmed Sunday. Heritage and E.C. Glass both share City Stadium as their home turf, and the Hilltoppers will host a first-round home game in Region 4D. Glass coach Jeff Woody said Sunday that his Hilltoppers will play Thursday at 7 p.m. 

Brookville (6-3) took the 3C's third seed and hosts Rockbridge County (5-5). Rustburg (4-6) and Liberty (3-7) were both eliminated from 3C contention. 

Staunton River (4-5) claimed the eighth and bottom seed in Region 3D, and will travel to heavyweight Christiansburg (9-1). 

In 4D, Glass (8-2) earned the No. 4 seed and faces a tough Louisa squad (8-2). Amherst (4-5) grabbed the region's eighth and final seed and will be on the road at No. 1 Salem (9-1). 

"Head down, metaphorically, and move forward," Glass receiver Markevus Graves said about the message in the post-game huddle Friday night. "Full speed ahead. Nothing else to do."

Appomattox (8-1) is the No. 2 spot in Region 2C and hosts Gretna (5-5) in the first round. The Hawks are the No. 7 seed. The only loss on the Raiders' resume occurred to Heritage in Week 3 of the regular season, and ACHS closed the season with seven straight victories. The Raiders defeated Gretna 56-18 in the regular season. Nelson County (1-9) was eliminated from postseason contention in 2C. 

Appomattox could be headed for a showdown with No. 1 seed Glenvar (9-1). The Raiders have defeated Glenvar in each of the last four postseasons. 

In Class 1, only six teams were accepted to the playoffs from each region this year. In Region 1B, William Campbell (4-4) held on to the No. 5 spot and travels to No. 4 Sussex Central (6-2). Altavista (3-7) was eliminated. 

In the spring pandemic-shortened season in which teams payed a maximum of six regular-season games, the playoffs were cut to four rounds. The VHSL goes back to its normal format of a five-week postseason for these playoffs.

VHSL Final Weekly Rankings

Region 4D

Top eight advanced

1. Salem (9-1);30.90

2. GW-Danville (7-1);30.25

3. Western Albemarle (9-1);29.80

4. E.C. Glass (8-2);28.50

5. Louisa County (8-2);27.50

6. Halifax County (7-2);25.00

7. Orange County (6-4);24.20

8. Amherst (4-5);21.55

9. Pulaski County (4-6);21.40

10. Jefferson Forest (1-8);17.11

11. Blacksburg (0-10);16.70

Region 3C

Top eight advanced

1. Liberty Christian (9-0);32.44

2. Heritage (8-2);27.90

3. Brookville (6-3);25.44

4. Turner Ashby (6-4);21.90

5. Broadway (6-4);21.70

6. Rockbridge County (5-5);21.70

7. Waynesboro (5-5);21.00

8. Wilson Memorial (5-5);20.20

9. Rustburg (4-6);19.10 

10. Charlottesville (3-7);18.60

11. Staunton (3-7);18.20

12. Fluvanna County (2-8);17.90

13. Liberty (3-7);17.20

14. Spotswood (2-8);17.20

15. Fort Defiance (1-9);15.40

16. Monticello (0-10);14.60

Region 3D

Top eight advanced

1. Christiansburg (9-1);30.70

2. Abingdon (9-1);27.10

3. Bassett (8-2);25.80

4. Hidden Valley (7-3);25.50

5. Lord Botetourt (6-3);24.00

6. Magna Vista (5-5);21.80

7. Northside (4-6);20.40

8. Staunton River (4-5);18.55

9. Cave Spring (3-7);17.90

10. Tunstall (2-7);16.44

11. Carroll County (2-8);16.30

12. William Byrd (0-9);13.88

Region 2C

Top eight advanced

1. Glenvar (9-1);26.50

2. Appomattox (8-1);24.89

3. Radford (7-3);22.30

4. James River-Buchanan (5-5);20.00

5. Martinsville (4-5);19.56

6. Floyd County (6-4);19.40

7. Gretna (5-5);18.40

8. Patrick County (2-7);16.11

9. Dan River (3-7);15.60

10. Chatham (4-6);15.20

11. Alleghany (2-8);13.20

12. Nelson (1-9);11.20

Region 1B

Top six advanced

1. Riverheads (10-0);29.20

2. Buffalo Gap (7-3);21.70

3. Central Lunenburg (7-2);21.22

4. Sussex Central (6-2);19.88

5. William Campbell (4-4);17.50

6. Surry (5-5);17.20

7. Altavista (3-7);14.50

8. Cumberland (1-7);12.86

9. Franklin (2-8);12.80

10. Rappahannock County (0-4);11.25

Region 4D first round pairings

No. 8 Amherst at No. 1 Salem

No. 7 Orange at No. 2 GW-Danville

No. 6 Halifax at No. 3 Western Albemarle 

No. 5 Louisa at No. 4 E.C. Glass, Thursday at 7 p.m. 

Region 3C first round pairings

No. 8 Wilson Memorial at No. 1 LCA, Friday at 7:30 p.m. 

No. 7 Waynesboro at No. 2 Heritage, Friday at 7 p.m. 

No. 6 Rockbridge County at No. 3 Brookville

No. 5 Broadway at No. 4 Turner Ashby 

Region 3D first round pairings

No. 8 Staunton River at No. 1 Christiansburg 

No. 7 Northside at No. 2 Abingdon

No. 6 Magna Vista at No. 3 Bassett

No. 5 Lord Botetourt at No. 4 Hidden Valley

Region 2C first round pairings

No. 8 Patrick County at No. 1 Glenvar

No. 7 Gretna at No. 2 Appomattox

No. 6 Floyd County at No. 3 Radford

No. 5 Martinsville at No. 4 James River-Buchanan 

Region 1B first round pairings

No. 1 Riverheads receives bye

No. 2 Buffalo Gap receives bye

No. 6 Surry at No. 3 Central Lunenburg

No. 5 William Campbell at No. 4 Sussex Central

Note: Not all date and times were available Sunday. 

 

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