Three area teams took the field for state semifinal action on Saturday and two of them will get the chance to play for a state crown next weekend.
In Division 6, L.C. Bird hit the road to Oakton and established dominance early. The Skyhawks put up 27 points in the second quarter and rolled to a 41-17 victory over the Cougars. Paul Robertson put up one of the most impressive performances in state playoff history, piling up 426 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Bird, which is 13-0 for the first time in school history, will move on to next Saturday's state title game against Ocean Lakes in Charlottesville. The Skyhawks are eying their first state championship in program history in a match-up of two 13-0 teams.
Hanover was not as lucky in Division 5, as the Hawks fell to Stone Bridge, 28-21. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, but Hanover added a score in the second to close the gap to 14-7 by halftime. In the third quarter, Sam Rogers tied the game up at 14, but two straight Stone Bridge scores proved to be too much as a Hawk comeback attempt fell short. The Hawks finish their season with a 9-4 record.
The Division 2 semifinal saw Goochland storm past Wilson Memorial on the road, 35-0. Known for their rushing, the Bulldogs found alternative ways to score, throwing for three touchdowns and earning the other two defensively with a fumble return and interception return. Goochland moves on to the state championship game for the second straight season, where a powerful Essex team awaits. The Trojans are 14-0 on the season and rocked John Battle, 40-9, in their semifinal match-up.
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