In a season where postponements and schedule changes tend to become the norm, there are a few more changes for the football playoffs, depending on the classification.
Region 1D and Region 2D are taking different approaches to the football qualifiers for this season.
In Region 1D, the three districts have chosen to stay the course with the traditional power point system.
The top eight teams in the region, based on power points, will advance to the regional quarterfinals at the end of the season.
According to 1D officials, the teams’ power point score will be based on the number of matches played by a team.
Most teams have scheduled 10 games, but due to quarantines not all programs will be able to play 10 games.
Some teams may be forced to end the season with only eight or nine games played.
Teams that only play eight or nine games will have their power point total divided by the number of games they played to determine their power rating.
A LITTLE DIFFERENT IN THE 2D REGION
In Region 2D, things look simpler, but they could get complicated.
There are only two districts – Mountain 7 and South West – in the region. With this in mind, schools in the region have chosen to place the top four teams from each district in the regional quarterfinals.
It sounds pretty straightforward. There is a small catch, however.
As of now, the plan is to use schools’ PowerPoint ratings instead of their final district rankings to determine the playoff standings.
It is very possible that the top four teams from each district could qualify for the playoffs. But it’s also possible that a fifth-ranked team could advance to the playoffs against any of the top four teams because of their power rating.
So it’s not as easy as it sounds.
MAC STARTS CAMP
Mac McClung started training camp this week for one of the most recognized and successful professional sports teams in history.
McClung, from Gate City, is a member of the Los Angeles Lakers as camp opens this week for NBA teams.
He is one of 18 players in the Lakers roster, which will have to be reduced to 15 by the start of the regular season.
McClung played for the Lakers’ Summer League team earlier this year.
He played collegially at Georgetown and then at Texas Tech, where he earned All-America Honorable Mention status from the Associated Press.
While in high school at Gate City, McClung led the Blue Devils to the VHSL Class 2 State Championship, while setting VHSL records for most career points scored (2,801) and most wins. points scored in one season (1,153).
THE FALCONS STILL FLYING
The defending VHSL Class 3 golf champions continue to ride this season.
Mountain District 7 champion Abingdon scored a 302 Tuesday to win the 3D region title at the Draper Valley Golf Course near Wytheville.
The Falcons will look to win back-to-back Class 3 state titles on Oct. 11 in the state championship tournament at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon.
The Falcons have won four state championships in the past six years.
JONES NOMINATED FOR NFL HALL
Former Powell Valley and NFL star Thomas Jones is one of the nominees for the next class in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Jones announced on social media that he had been added to the list of nominees.
Fans can vote for him on profootballhof.com.
Jones deserves to be in the Hall.
During his NFL career which included stops in Arizona, Tampa Bay, Chicago – where he helped the Bears in the NFC Championship – the New York Jets and Kansas City, Jones rushed for 10,591 yards, totaling 12,614 offensive yards and scored 71 career touchdowns.
Here’s a look at Southwest Virginia’s Top 7, handpicked by a collection of people related to the area’s sports scene. The teams are selected from the teams in region D.
Graham remain the region’s best consensus team in football, while the No.2-5 rankings remain close.
Gate City remain at the top of the volleyball poll as the Lady Blue Devils continue to win in a tough Mountain 7 district.
Polls are based on an 8-6-5-4-3-2-1 point system. Votes for first place in brackets, team record and total points are shown.
Graham (12) 4-0 96
Syndicate 3-1 60
Ridgeview 4-0 58
Abingdon 3-1 54
Virginie High 3-0 40
Sage Central 2-2 18
Holston 4-0 10
Others who received votes: Chilhowie 6, Twin Springs 3, Holston 2, Rural Retreat 2, Honaker 1, Twin Valley 1.
City Gate (8) 11-4 75
Virginie High (2) 12-3 62
Patrick Henri 16-2 42
Sage Central 11-4 38
View from ridge 7-0 21
John Battle 7-5 11
Marion 9-6 9
Others who received votes: Abingdon 8, Rye Cove 5, Thomas Walker 5, Chilhowie 4, Union 4, Eastside 3, Honaker 1.