Austin Hicks, Marcus Tarrer and Demetrius Mann made the All-SAC second team, becoming the first Virginia-Wise football players to receive postseason honors since the Cavs joined the league.
At this stage of the high school football season, every team carries reasons to believe it can go further.
Will ETSU go with freshman Trey Mitchell, who has started most of the season, or Tyler Riddell, who completed 8 of 12 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in last weekend’s 38-33 win over Mercer?
“It was great to do it in this fashion, to be able to run the ball, record-breaking, but we got a conference win. This was our last chance to get it. We got a win for these seniors. Now they got a good memory to think about.”
Virginia-Wise dropped its season finale to UNC Pembroke on Saturday, but Emory & Henry and Carson-Newman both came through with wins.
Locally, only Dobyns-Bennett and Elizabethton remain in the hunt for the BlueCross Bowl, a pair of football teams tied together by similar obstacles.
One play in Saturday’s game against Holston captured the spirit of the Eastside football team, according to coach Mike Rhodes.
Giving outgoing longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster a shutout was special for Caleb Farley and the Virginia Tech defense. The fact the shutout came against Georgia Tech was a bonus.
Quay Holmes rushed for a school-record 255 yards, scored three TDs and reached a couple of other milestones in ETSU’s 38-33 Southern Conference win over Mercer on Saturday.
Ridgeview, J.I. Burton, Patrick Henry and Northside moved on to their respective regional semifinals with blowout wins on Friday night.
Virginia Tech will be going for its fourth straight ACC win on Saturday when the Hokies visit Georgia Tech.
Wise Central sophomore quarterback Ethan Mullins threw two touchdowns Friday, but his biggest play of the game came on defense.
Elizabethton took control with a 95-yard, first-quarter touchdown pass from Bryson Rollins and routed Sullivan South 49-7 in the second round of Friday night’s TSSAA Class 4A playoffs.
In what can best be described as a classic confrontation, Union rallied twice in the second half Friday night to edge determined Gate City 20-19 in the opening round of the Region 2D football playoffs at Bullitt Park.
Third-seeded Chilhowie eliminated No. 6 Thomas Walker by a 47-0 count Friday night to open the Region 1D football playoffs.