Bird will stay grounded vs. Hermitage

by Matt Lincoln

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - L.C. Bird and Hermitage reached the Regional Finals by going a perfect 11-0 - but that does not mean they got there doing the same thing.

Hermitage's high-flying offense heads to Bird for its focused ground-game this Friday, with the winner going to the state playoffs.

Bird has had a great football program for the last 20 years.  The Skyhawks have missed the playoffs only once since 1989, and won double-digit games 14 times in that span.  But, they are still looking for their first state championship.  In fact this is the first time in five tries that a 10-0 Bird team survived the first round of the playoffs.

Bird will look to dominate Hermitage on the ground.  RB Yahkee Johnson has run on everyone this year, and the gameplan will be to give him a heavy dose of the action.  Coach David Bedwell believes it will be the defenses that will determine who moves on. If that's the case, then the Skyhawks may have the upper hand - they've played more defensive battle and close games then Herm has this season.

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