(and wrestling season, too!)
That was over quicker than expected.
The good thing about being a fan of seven teams, as I am with the Hogo, is that generally I'm never completely disappointed. At least one team will always pull through as the odds are completely in my favor. But, on Friday night the universe had other plans and all six Hogoheegee teams were sent away with L's at the end of their schedules. It's tough, as I love heading to games and Game Casting and meeting you guys at times. This season, unfortunately
Tomorrow night I will be Game Casting all the live action taking place at George Wythe High School at 7PM. Check that, not 7:30 as is usual here in the Hogo, but 7PM! That's Mountain Empire time, they like it a little earlier over there even though the game is to be played in Wytheville. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @HogoOnline for all the news and score updates from around the district and GO HERE at 7PM for the play-by-play action.
It's Wednesday again which means our weekly honors continue here on Hogoheegee.com. This past Friday, every Hogo team closed out its regular season and four did so with victories. Northwood moved to 6-4 for the first time since 2005 led by another strong offensive night for Jason Prater as the Panthers downed Patrick Henry 27-14. Trey Skeens and Elijah Onks combined for 288 yards and 7 touchdowns against rival Rural Retreat to complete a 6-4 campaign of their own for George Wythe. Marion obliterated Abingdon quickly as Trey Crook had a big game throwing the ball, Keith Norris went crazy catching the ball, and Sam Wagner stiffarmed his way through Falcons as Marion topped their old Southwest District foe Abingdon, 52-14. Down in Chilhowie, Justin Jones made extra sure the Warriors brought home that elusive Hogo District Championship by carrying the ball 45 times in a 28-13 win over Holston.
So who did the panel decide earned this week's top honors?
Coming off of a two week hiatus, getting back into the swing of filming was tough on my companion. A few screw-ups but overall not bad. Don't criticize too harshly.
A lot of you are going crazy about the playoffs. Emails and Tweets all over the place. Yes, I'm going to highlight the matchups and I'm going to do it right now. The Holston v. George Wythe highlight video will wait to be released tomorrow since you guys can't stop foaming at the mouth about playoffs. I got you covered!
First though, lets take a moment to congratulate the Chilhowie Warriors for their first district title in football since early in the Bush administration, 2001. I would also like to tip my cap to the Holston Cavaliers who surprised several onlookers, including myself, and earned a fair shot at the title by season's end. Tip of the cap to Northwood for having their first winning season in 8 years as the Panthers carry a 6-4 record into the post-season. A shout-out to Marion for closing out their season on a high note with a 52-14 win and enduring a successful first year in the Hogo that earned them a hosting spot in the 2-A West playoffs. And Patrick Henry, though not seeing any post-season action, did take a step forward with three non-district wins and a competitive district campaign.
I'm "breaking down" each playoff matchup this week essentially by consolidating information for you that you can find elsewhere. But at least it's something, right?