The year 2011 proved to be a great one for area high school football teams. This past Saturday, Brookville and Gretna both won state championships, giving Central Virginia a TRIFECTA for state champs.
L.C.A. earlier won the private schools championship. Brookville and L.C.A. both went the entire season without a loss. We often talk about how strong high school football is in this part of the state...three state titles speak for themselves.
Both Virginia Tech and UVa will now have the chance to finish the year with a bowl win and get bad tastes out of their mouths. UVa's last game was the 38-0 loss to the Hokies in the regular season finale, now the Cavs can leave that behind and finish 9-4 with a win over Auburn New Year's Eve in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Virginia has its hands full and so do the Hokies. Virginia Tech, after a disastrous second half in the 38-10 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, now squares off with Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.
As defensive back Eddie Whitley said after the Clemson loss, the Hokies NEED a marquis win in a bowl game especially against a team with a great reputation like Michigan. This would also be a great chance for Tech to make a statement for all the people who say they don't deserve to be in the Sugar Bowl. A win over Michigan would also be the Hokies' 12th win this season, which would be a new school record. And it would make this senior class the winningest in Tech history over their four years.
It's been a busy two weeks for Liberty University football. Six-year coach Danny Rocco announced on December 6 he was leaving to take the University of Richmond coaching job. Liberty A.D. Jeff Barber wasted little time putting a search in motion to find a new coach.
Just nine days later, Liberty introduced former Buffalo and Kansas head coach Turner Gill as the Flames' eighth football coach in school history. And while most LU fans were sorry to see Coach Rocco leave, most who I've spoken with believe Turner Gill is a good hire for the school. Gill is a big name on the national scene which should bode well for Liberty on the recruiting trail. He comes across as very personable and appears eager to make a fresh start after a tough two years at Kansas.
He's already indicated he'd like to see LU be able to run the ball and establish dominance on the line, as well as throw the ball effectively.
Happy New Year everybody and enjoy all the bowl games, you'll have plenty from which to choose!