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  1. Hokie1Pokie

    Graham/Goochland: VA 2A Championship

    Go GMen! If you hedge a bet on Bluefield being good before any season, you will win your bet the overwhelming percentage of the time. I'm a die-hard GMEN, but I will admit, "libra por libra," pound for pound, for the size of that school student population compared to others of the same size, the Beavers are hell. They've been hellacious for not just decades, but for a couple of generations.
  2. Hokie1Pokie

    VA Championship Updates

    Goochland moves up to 3A next year.
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    Graham/Goochland: VA 2A Championship

    I think by the end of the season, all 3 in Fairmont, Bluefield, and Graham were close and we can only speculate who beats who. Fairmont had a great team and so did Bluefield. By seasons end, I think Graham was right there with Fairmont and Bluefield because of the defense that truly improved at a remarkable level. I'm not saying Graham wins, but I think Graham was right there with em
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    VA Championship Updates

    I don't think the play to play officiating was bad. I thought it was good The issue was in "between" plays. Nearly an 8 minute game stoppage on that punt issue and a stoppage that long can hurt momentum of either team. At some point you have to make a decision and go with it The other issue was the spot on the pass interference. 7 officials on the field and they moved the ball from the Graham 29 to the Graham 19. The ball should have been spotted at the 14 and 1/2 yd line. With 7 officials on the field, that's a huge miss for a state title game and they flat out missed that one
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    Graham/Goochland: VA 2A Championship

    Graham's biggest improvement over the season and from last year is the lineplay on both sides of the ball. Guys like Sesco, Dimarzo, Wimmer, and Meadows improved by leaps and bounds since the Union beat down of last year and over this season. A huge difference for Graham that may not be noticed much or felt right now, but it will be was Meadows. You could see it from game to game that the kid was "growing" into his body. By the time he's a junior, he's going to have offers from tons of FBS schools. If you watch him against Union, Richlands, and Radford, he just destroyed the guy across from him play after play. Against Goochland, he got the best of his guy most of the time, but they guy from Goochland was a senior and he held his own pretty well. For next year, Graham does suffer some key losses at some of the skilled positions and obviously Cam, but Graham has plenty of athletes and Lester will put up video game like numbers at QB. The issue for Graham is the offensive line. They lose about 3 of em from tackle to tackle and those guys were monumental in Graham's success. For Graham in my opinion, the biggest question mark and the area they have to work on the most up until next season is finding guys for the offensive line and getting them stronger and bigger. If Graham can replicate what they had from tackle to tackle on the offensive line, they will be tough to beat again, but having the high level of play that they demonstrated on the OL from tackle to tackle this year will be very difficult to match in 2019.
  6. Hokie1Pokie

    VA Championship Updates

    No disrespect to any other team in the Region, but Graham should be a heavy favorite. But, the Region C team that either Graham or whoever it is from Region D will be facing a much better opponent then Radford 2018. That could be Radford again, Glenvar, Gretna, maybe even Giles, but likely Appomattox. That region champion for 2019 will present a much tougher test, but the mistake their fans will make will be the assumption that because Allen is gone, Graham can't possibly be as good. Fact is, Lester is going to put up insane numbers next year as well and he's also an elite athlete.
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    VA Championship Updates

    All the best for the G-Men and hats off to Coach Palmer and crew. The G-Men are not just back to old form after a long absence, the G-Men are once again State Champions!!!!
  8. Hokie1Pokie

    VA Championship Updates

    Either way, not the 19, closer to the 14. It was placed directly on the 19.
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    VA Championship Updates

    The ball was moved from the 29 to the 19. It should have been moved to the 14 and incredibly, the official didn't seem to have his bearings and our entire offensive players missed it as did our coaching staff, but.......stuff happens in heightened emotions. I'm just glad we scored.
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    VA Championship Updates

    And I've never seen pass interference get marked off as 10 yards and the officials miss it, the fans seemingly missed it, and our coaches missed it. Now, if only a 10 yd penalty for pass interference in High School, then I take my foot out of my mouth, but if it's still 15 like it used to be, that's a huge huge blunder by the officials for a state title game.
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    VA Championship Updates

    Just want to be sure and not that it matters now, is Pass Interference only a 10 yard penalty in High School and not a 15 yard penalty? Because if it's still 15, then Goochland got 5 yards on a mis-marked penalty and it slid by the entire Graham coaching staff, including the officials. Again, if 10, then oh well and we scored anyway, but they literally marked 10 yards off and not 15 on that pass interference call the last series of the first half.
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    VA Championship Updates

    Agree with UVAObserver regarding the coaching thing. I didn't want to say it publicly or on a forum, but Casto is as good as there is in Virginia. I lived in Lexington for 2 years and I would watch a bunch of Valley teams including the current Shenandoah District. Of all those schools, Riverheads has on any given year, more talent than only 1 or 2 of them. I'm telling ya, it's true. Regarding shear athletic talent, they are in the lower 3rd of talent in that district. They literally outsmart opponents, and smarts in football means, out-coach. Casto sees stuff that the overwhelming majority of his peers does not see, not just during the game and adjusting at halftime, but during the week in preparation. The examples this game......Riverheads with a quick over the middle pass knowing the Chilhowie defense is foaming at the mouth to get a piece of Riverheads again, emotions high, and knowing that "Chilhowie knows" Riverheads is a running team. Boom, quick pass, out of a run formation (very tight formation), touchdown. That's coaching. What he also does very well is running the same play with 2 or 3 different looks that many at the High School level just don't do. For example, he runs the back through the B or C gap with a tight set, trips left, trips wide, a balanced formation, etc. That happened to Chilhowie in the second half. Riverheads was running the same mostly B gap headers, but the formation before the ball was snapped was far different than what Chilhowie saw in the first half. When Chilhowie ran Sanchez through the B or C gap, the formation was pretty much identical in quarter one as it was in quarter four. I'm not knocking Chilhowie's Coach. I'm just simply stating Casto is on a very, very high level of coaching for a High School Coach, regardless of them playing at the lowest level in Virginia in 1A. Only my opinion here and I mean no disrespect to Chilhowie. The Warriors had a great season. The old saying goes, "a great coach can take his and beat yours, and he can take yours, and beat his." The talent level this game wasn't 28 points different and that's what one poster meant (I think) in saying the two teams are not 28 points different. I agree with that regarding talent, but if the talent is close or comparable, Casto and Riverheads will beat you.
  13. Hokie1Pokie

    VA Championship Updates

    Chilhowie got beat, period. They didn't get out coached or out refereed. Chilhowie, sure, they should have maybe tried some more diverse stuff early on, but they actually did try some passing on early downs in the second half and it resulted in a pick 6, and the QB was under duress. Riverheads does nothing spectacular, but they do everything very well. That's why they win. The game wasn't over even when down 21-7, but Riverheads started to get some big chunks on the ground when Chilhowie knew they were running and they couldn't stop em in the fourth quarter. With more diversity offensively early on for Chilhowie, instead of a 35-7 game, it's still a 28-14 game at best. Chilhowie had a great team and a great season, but they simply got beat by a better team.
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    VA Championship Updates

    Chilhowie needs to consider more spread/passing looks or formations on early downs. I know that's not Chilhowie's preference, but Riverheads weakness is their secondary. They are not very fast and on 2 pass attempts I've seen by Chilhowie, guys are running wide open. Always easier said than done of course, but Chilhowie is not going to three yards and a cloud of dust Riverheads. Their interior and up front is to stingy against the run. Hopefully Chilhowie gets this W. The first drive will be key. I expect Chilhowie widens the formations a bit and throws on some of the earlier downs.
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