Football Playoffs Begin This Week

Tailback Derrick Palmer carried William Byrd to the playoffs.
Tailback Derrick Palmer carried William Byrd to the playoffs.

The final weekend of the regular season for high school football was an eventful one, to say the least. Several area teams clinched last-minute playoff berths, while others improved their seeding for the regional tournament, which begins this Friday night.

• William Byrd, once 2-5 on the season and going nowhere, captured the No. 6 seed in the Group AA Region III Division 4 playoffs by winning their final three games, including a 22-21 thriller against Alleghany. The Terriers will travel to Turner Ashby on Friday evening to take on the Knights.

• William Fleming clinched a  spot in the Northwest Region Division 5 playoffs after defeating G.W. Danville on Saturday. Despite their 7-3 overall record, the Colonels will be the No. 5 seed, and will have to hit the road to face Brooke Point Friday night at 7:30pm.

• Northside celebrated their Blue Ridge District title last Friday evening by learning that they will be the No. 2 seed in the Region III Division 3 playoffs, which comes with a first-round bye. The Vikings (8-2) closed out the regular season in style with a 51-26 thrashing of Staunton River, which also earned a spot in the playoffs.

• Cave Spring and Hidden Valley both earned first-round byes in their respective divisions. Despite the Knights’ 28-21 loss to the Titans last week, Cave Spring (8-2) will be the No. 1 seed in the Region IV Division III tournament, while Hidden Valley (7-3) clinched the No. 2 seed in the Region IV Division 4 playoffs, behind Salem, setting up a potential rematch with the undefeated Spartans (10-0), who finished their regular season by defeating Pulaski County, 36-20.

By Matt Reeve
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