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  1. 2018 ADM numbers

    I know that it's been beaten like a drum, but this is another reminder that I'm pretty sure that there were 10 Division 3 or higher schools on the Virginia side of the SWVASports coverage area in 2000. Nine out of those ten have dropped at least one enrollment classification since then. (Lee, Grundy, Gate City, Abingdon, Marion, Richlands, Tazewell, Graham, and Pulaski; Carroll is still 4A). I know that D3 & D4 are not the same as 3A & 4A, but in theory there's a correlation between the two systems.
  2. 2018 outlook region wide

    I find it hard to believe that coaching alone can't carry Richlands to a comparable team to last year, and even with no improvement, a Richlands team the caliber of last year's team posts a top-3 SWD finish and gets a playoff nod, just because the region won't have the depth that it had in '17.
  3. 2018 outlook region wide

    The SWD will be super top heavy, but I honestly think the three teams at the top (who could hang with anyone not named Union, Appomattox, or R.E. Lee last year) are going to be improved. Marion will take a minor step back, Tazewell will take a minor step forward, and unless there is marked improvement at Lebanon, and I know they were decimated by injuries last year, the only guarantee in the SWD is that the 'Neers will be last. This is my "going out on a limb" prediction: 1. Graham 2. Richlands 3. VA High 4. Marion 5. Tazewell 6. Lebanon The Hogo will be Chilhowie and everybody else, yet again. Not so sure about PH this year or what they are returning, but I think Northwood is one more year away from being a really solid 1A school (for while it lasts): 1. Chilhowie 2. Patrick Henry 3. Northwood 4. Holston
  4. 2018 Football Schedules

    Week 9 was Marion's bye week last year, so it probably will be the only change on either schedule. Makes sense; it gives Tazewell a home game near the end of the season and helps break the Richlands-VA High-Graham murder's row that Marion has to close the season. Tazewell / Marion could be a heck of game this year with Tazewell on the rise and Marion likely doing some rebuilding.
  5. Region D Brackets

    For what its worth, just by looking at the banner map at the top of the page, I count at least 13 schools that consider Abingdon a rival, and that's not including anyone else that they picked up since joining the M7. So, if Abingdon made a schedule consisting solely of their rivals, it would still be scheduling on a rotational basis.
  6. Region D Brackets

    Give it time. There are two types of schools, those who hate Abingdon, and those who don't play them very often.
  7. Region D Brackets

    Guys, can't we all put this petty rivalry stuff behind us and direct our ire towards the place it really belongs? Abingdon.
  8. Region D Brackets

    Ah, the obligatory "UVA" reply.
  9. GC @ Abingdon

    As long as we're stereotyping all the fans of an entire school, GC may have hammered some of the undeserved sense of self-accomplishment out of the pretentiousness capitol of SWVA.
  10. Region 2D power points

    As a Marion fan, I can sympathize. It's tough to argue competition vs travel time when the closest SWD team is farther away than the furthest Hogo team.
  11. Region 2D power points

    I could be wrong, but I think he was trying to say that Grayson was in a weird place because they're the only team in their district that is in Region D, meaning they have an easier path to playoffs. Because they don't play the SWD slate, they don't have to worry about the "4 team rule." That's still a major problem with mixed class districts. Several VHSL activities that have three rounds of competition have had to invent "subregions" so that a school like Grayson in the MED or Abingdon in the M7 doesn't get a free pass into the regional tournament because there's no competition in their district. But then again, it was all just kind of a declaratory statement, so I'm not 100% what the meaning of any of it was.
  12. Favorite area places to play/see a game, past and present.

    Hey! I can see my house from up here!
  13. Pre-1970 Champions

    Good stuff, thanks guys. It's certainly not a record, and if I'm not mistaken, Saltville had a very lengthy "unscored on streak" during this period, but 380-13 in a season is pretty dang impressive in any era.
  14. Pre-1970 Champions

    As a whippersnapper myself, I'm curious because it's never been explained to me how state championships were settled pre-1970 (the point at which the VHSL begins recognizing "VHSL State Football Champions"). I assume there was a playoff system, but I'm curious as to why the VHSL doesn't recognize those championships. Was the playoff not sponsored by the VHSL? Was is weirdly structured and therefore invalid? Was there no playoff at all all, and it was settled in an "AP National Champion" fashion where a newspaper just picked the best team in the state? I really have no knowledge of this at all, and any info that anyone may have would be appreciated.
  15. Gate City Football

    Santa's gift to every coach in the M7.
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