High School football playoffs

The Virginia High School Football playoffs are down to their 6 championship games next weekend. I had the opportunity to shoot a couple of games last Saturday. These were region finals, or in other words, state semi-final games.

Thomas Dale vs. Oscar Smith

The first game I shot was the Group 6A South Region final between Thomas Dale Knights (9-4) of Chester and the Oscar Smith Tigers (12-0) of Chesapeake. Thomas Dale had defeated Woodbridge 26-0, C.D. Hylton 17-14 and Cosby  13-7 to reach the 6A region final. Oscar Smith had defeated Kellam 48-13, Grassfield 20-19, and the defending 6A state champs and nationally ranked Ocean Lakes 29-19 the previous week.

Tigers ready to take the field

Coin flip

Thomas Dale opened the scoring with a field goal in the first quarter.

Thomas Dale field goal

Defenses dominated the first quarter.

Oscar Smith defender knocks down pass

Thomas Dale defender pressures quarterback

Oscar Smith had two passes for touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 14-3 lead into halftime.

Oscar Smith long touchdown pass

Oscar Smith touchdown pass

Oscar Smith added another touchdown in the second half and won 21-3 to capture the Class 6A South Region championship. They will now play Westfield (13-1) for the Class 6A state championship next Saturday at the University of Virginia.

Oscar Smith victory celebration

Courtland vs. Lake Taylor

The other game I caught, although for only about one quarter, was the Group 4A South Region final between the defending 4A state champion Lake Taylor Titans (13-0) of Norfolk and the Courtland Cougars (11-2).

Courtland reached the 4A region final by defeating King George 42-0, Eastern View 48-20, and Lafayette 27-6. Lake Taylor defeated Denbigh 55-14, King’s Fork 52-39 and Hanover 37-22.

Lake Taylor jumped out to a huge halftime lead and Courtland was never able to overcome it as Lake Taylor won 47-33. They now face Salem (13-0) next Saturday in a rematch of their 4A state championship game last year.

Lake Taylor defense

Virginia Tech commit Victor Greene carrying the rock

Definition of team defense

Costly fumble

Fumble return for touchdown

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