Since 2000, no teams have won more games and failed to win a state championship then Varina and L.C. Bird. Friday they meet in the final Central Region Championship Game, in hopes of keeping their dreams of a state title alive.
Both teams pulled off wild victories in the Central Region Semi's - Bird scored 14 consecutive fourth quarter points to down previously undefeated Hermitage 24-20. Varina scored 10 points in the final 1:40 to edge Meadowbrook 30-29.
Now both teams hope they have some magic left as they battle at Blue Devil Stadium on Saturday. Bird has won four straight games over the Devils - all of them coming in the playoffs.
Both teams are searching for impressive records. This group of Skyhawks is gunning to become the first Bird team to ever go 12-0.
Both squads are trying to win the final Central Region title game (the VHSL is doing away with the current Region format next season). A win for Varina would cement their legacy as the best program in Central Region history. Currently they are tied with Highland Springs with 8 Central Region titles.
Like the Skyhawks, the Blue Devils are looking for their first state championship. In fact, the Central Region has won just one state championship in Division 6 since the high school league started the division format in 1983 (Thomas Dale in 2009).
In the other games Friday, Hanover is gunning for its third straight region title against Hopewell, and Goochland and King William keep their fight alive in the Division 2 playoffs. The Bulldogs and Cavaliers met in last year's state quarterfinals, with Goochland prevailing 16-12.