Who were the biggest gainers and biggest losers after the smoke cleared Friday night in Week 9 of the high school football regular season?
With regard to how Friday night’s outcomes affected the playoff scenarios, here is the scorecard:
For the official rating scale points updated by the VHSL, click here.
1. Glenvar. The Highlanders’ 48-44 win over Radford moved them up to No. 16 in the Division 2 West Section. Glenvar now has a clear path to a playoff berth if the Highlanders can sweep Auburn and Eastern Montgomery in the last two weeks.
2. Northside. The Vikings all but locked up a playoff berth in Region III Division 3 with their overtime victory at William Byrd. Now the Vikings have their eyes on a possible No. 2 seed even though they are No. 5 currently.
3. Bath County. The Chargers remained No. 16 in the Division 1 East Section, but after Friday’s win at Craig County they have nearly a full two-point edge over Cumberland for the last spot. Bath might make it in the field even with losses in the last two games.
4. Patrick Henry. The Patriots took care of business with a 29-7 win at Halifax County. PH has the table set for its first postseason berth since 2010 if the Patriots can defeat Franklin County and William Fleming in the last two games. Osbourn’s loss to unbeaten Stonewall Jackson allowed PH to move into the No. 6 spot in the Northwest Region Division 6 race. Friday’s game in Rocky Mount is huge for PH.
5. Lord Botetourt. Actually, the Oct. 12 win over Rockbridge County was the big one, but last week’s victory over Staunton River has moved the Cavaliers up to No. 3 in Region III Division 4. Botetourt looks like a good bet to host a first-round regional game.
6. Fort Chiswell. The Pioneers’ 42-21 victory over Grayson County, combined with previously unbeaten John Battle’s loss to Honaker on Saturday, put the Wythe County team into the No. 1 spot in the Division 2 West Section. Wins over Graham and Bland County might be enough to clinch the No. 1 seed.
1. Franklin County. The Eagles’ postseason chances might have been slim to none before Friday night, but the 29-7 loss at George Washington sealed their fate. Franklin County will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
2. Robert E. Lee-Staunton. The Leemen were sitting comfortably in the No. 2 spot behind Brookville in Region III Division 3 until blowing a 20-point halftime lead in a loss to Turner Ashby. Lee’s chances of hosting a semifinal game now don’t look promising.
3. Blacksburg. The Bruins’ loss to Cave Spring, combined with Bassett’s one-point win over Martinsville allowed the Bengals to close the gap in Region IV Division 4. Blacksburg might need to beat either Pulaski County or Christiansburg to get into the field.
4. Radford. The Bobcats should still be safely in the Division 1 West Section field, but Friday’s loss to Glenvar has put Radford in a position to face a first-round road trip against a tough opponent. The Bobcats are seeded 14th heading into this week’s game against Floyd County.
5. Grayson County. The Blue Devils’ loss to Fort Chiswell sent them from No. 5 in the Division 1 West Section down to the No. 9 spot. If the playoffs began today, Grayson County would travel to Gretna.
IF THEY DID BEGIN TODAY…
Here is what the postseason matchups would be based on the VHSL points ratings released Monday (these are not projections):
Northwest Region Division 6
No. 1 C.D. Hylton, bye
No. 2 Stonewall Jackson, bye
No. 6 Patrick Henry at No. 3 Colonial Forge.
No. 5 Woodbridge at No. 4 Battlefield.
Northwest Region Division 5
No. 1 North Stafford, bye
No. 2 George Washington, bye
No. 6 Broad Run at No. 3 Potomac
No. 5 Massaponax at No. 4 Mountain View
Region III Division 4
No. 1 Heritage, bye
No. 2 Amherst County, bye
No. 6 William Byrd at No. 3 Lord Botetourt
No. 5 E.C. Glass at No. 4 Jefferson Forest
Region III Division 3
No. 1 Brookville, bye
No. 2 Liberty, bye
No. 6 Fort Defiance at No. 3 Robert E. Lee
No. 5 Northside at No. 4 Rockbridge County
Region IV Division 4
No. 1 Salem, bye
No. 2 Magna Vista, bye
No. 6 Blacksburg at No. 3 Hidden Valley
No. 5 Christiansburg at No. 4 Pulaski County
Region IV Division 3
No. 1 Richlands, bye
No. 2 Cave Spring, bye
No. 6 Martinsville at No. 3 Tunstall
No. 5 Abingdon at No. 4 Marion
Division 2 West Section
No. 16 Glenvar at No. 1 Fort Chiswell
No. 9 Grayson County at No. 8 Gretna
No. 12 Virginia High at No. 5 Giles
No. 13 Union at No. 4 John Battle
No. 14 Stuarts Draft at No. 3 Graham
No. 11 James River at No. 6 Dan River
No. 10 Riverheads at No. 7 Floyd County
No. 15 Central-Wise at No. 2 Wilson Memorial
Division 1 West Section
No. 16 PH-Glade Spring at No. 1 Honaker
No. 9 Holson at No. 8 Rural Retreat
No. 12 Chilhowie at No. 5 Eastside
No. 13 Northwood at No. 4 J.I. Burton
No. 14 Radford at No. 3 George Wythe
No. 11 Hurley at No. 6 Haysi
No. 10 Castlewood at No. 7 Galax
No. 15 Eastern Montgomery at No. 2 Clintwood
Division 1 East Section
No. 16 Bath County at No. 1 Franklin
No. 9 Parry McCluer at No. 8 Colonial Beach
No. 12 Charles City at No. 5 West Point
No. 13 Craig County at No. 4 Altavista
No. 14 William Campbell at No. 3 Central-Lunenburg
No. 11 Surry County at No. 6 Rappahannock
No. 10 Lancaster at No. 7 Covington
No. 15 Middlesex at No. 2 Sussex Central