A version of the capsule previews of the 14 high school football playoff games involving Timesland schools seen below will appear in Friday’s Roanoke Times.
Here’s an early look at the games with statistics, historical notes and injury updates.
First, a couple of items:
*Brookville quarterback Kendall BeCraft will play against Northside despite a sprained UC joint the thumb on his throwing hand. He played two games with the injury and threw six touchdown passes combined. BeCraft ranks No. 3 in the VHSL in career passing yards and No. 4 in career TD passes.
*Richlands will be without star receiver/defensive back A.J. Johnson in its game against Cave Spring. Johnson earned a one-game suspension after drawing two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the regular-season finale against Tazewell.
*Galax lost star running back Donte Peoples to a broken ankle in the regulars-eason finale against Grayson County. Last week, his brother, Steven, suffered a sprained ankle. His status for Saturday’s game at Honaker is highly questionable. The Peoples brothers have combined for 2,996 rushing yards this year.
*John Battle is ailing heading into Friday’s game against Giles. Fullback Matthew Chapman is out with a leg injury, while leading rusher Cody Rogers is nursing a sprained ankle.
The previews are below:
REGION III DIVISION 4
WILLIAM BYRD (5-6) at HERITAGE (9-1)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Coaches: William Byrd (Jeff Highfill), Heritage (Brad Bradley).
Last week: Heritage was idle. William Byrd won 23-0 at Lord Botetourt.
Statistical leaders: William Byrd – QB Zac Hill (165-1,156 rushing, 12 TDs, 508 passing yards, 3 TDs); RB Simeon Horstmann (177-933, 11 TDs), WR-DB Tanner Weaver (22-293, 1 TD, 3 INTs); LB Timmy Meador (84 solos). Heritage – QB JeVontae Parrish (1,847 pass yards, 22 TDs, 7 INTs, 1,145 rush yards, 14 TDs); RB Uriah Hammond (33-145 rushing, 2 TDs, 7-161 receiving, 2 TDs); WR I’Shantii Rosser (40-655, 4 TDs), WR Demonte Elliot (22-357, 8 TDs).
Quick kicks: Byrd is one of two teams left in the playoffs with a losing record.… Hill returned last week after missing two games with a dislocated elbow and rushed for 168 yards and two TDs.… Freshman PK Brent Coleman has kicked 6 FGs.… Byrd’s only postseason win in school history was 21-14 over Heritage in 2007.… Highfill is in his 32nd year at Byrd.… Heritage’s only loss was 19-17 to Brookville on Oct. 19.… Bradley, a Salem High School graduate, coached William Campbell to Division 1 state titles in 2002 and 2005. He was the head coach at Patrick Henry from 2009-10 before coaching last year at Amelia County.
Next week: The winner plays either Amherst County or Jefferson Forest. Read more »