Central Virginia Teams Ready for Round Two of the State Playoffs
The second round of the high school football state playoffs will get underway Friday night.
Seven teams from Central Virginia are still alive in the postseason.
Monticello will travel to face Northside in the 3A East bracket tomorrow.
The Vikings are 10-1, and are a perfect 6-and-0 on their home field this year.
Northside beat Brookville by 41-points in the first round, while The Mustangs topped Rustberg 35-28.
Senior running back T.J. Tillery carried the ball 38 times for a career-best 245-yards and four touchdowns in the win, and has rushed for 689-yards in his last three games.!
Head coach Jeff Woody says, "He's fleet of foot, he's got that spring in his step, and he's playing physical. What we do right now not only revolves around him, but what's going on up front with that offensive line. T.J.'s the horse right now, we're gonna ride him."
Tillery adds, "Every since Orange I've improved my stats. That's not because of me at all, that's because of my offensive line. If I don't have them making blocks, and doing the things they do, then I'm not going to get my yardage and touchdowns."
Monticello and Northside play Friday at 7 PM.
Western Albemarle will host Magna Vista Friday night.
Magna Vista is riding a nine-game win streak, and survived a 51-49 shootout with Liberty last week.
Western is 10-1, and the 2-seed in 3A.
Both Warriors' teams are averaging over 42-points per game, and they run a similar offense.
Senior quarterback/defensive back Kent Henry says, "They're a really good team. They're a spread team like us, so we've seen it every day in practice when we rep against our offense. we should be prepared, but that being said, we're watching a lot of film, and getting on the board."
Head coach Ed Redmond says, "We just have to be sound in our schemes defensively, and offensively we need to execute. I think it's going to come down to our offensive execution, and our defense's ability to stop them."
Western will host Magna Vista Friday at 7:30 PM.
Top-seed Wilson Memorial will host Goochland in the 2A East playoffs.
The Hornets are 10-1 this season, while the defending state champs are 9-2.
The Bulldogs have ended Wilson's season in the state semifinals each of the last two years.
Junior TE/WR Justin Leary says, "I remember, and it's not a good feeling. It's definitely becoming a rivalry, and I'm really looking forward to it."
Junior QB/S Mack Cullen adds, "They beat us the past two years. We're not looking at it as a revenge game-type thing, because they have a different team, and we have new faces. We're just going at it with the team they got now."
Wilson Memorial will host Goochland Friday at 7 PM.
Riverheads will take on Bruton in its second round match-up.
The Gladiators crushed Arcadia 57-14 in their first game.
The Panthers are 8-3, and on a four game winning streak.
Riverheads head coach Robert Casto says the competition gets a lot tougher in Round Two.
"When you get to this stage in the playoffs, we've gotten rid of all the wannabe's in the first round," says Casto. "Now anyone can beat anyone at this stage of the game. You have to be ready to play, and if you don't bring your 'A' game, your season is over, you're packing 'em up, and you're playing in the winter sports season."
Riverheads will host Bruton Friday at 7 PM.
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