By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Bluefield at Robert C. Byrd: Bluefield will seek its 50th playoff win in school history tonight against the Eagles. Getting 51next week against Wayne — unless the Pioneers are shocked by Nicholas County — will be more difficult. Bluefield has scored at least 50 points in seven of its eight wins, and reached 49 in the other victory. That number is reachable once again. Bluefield 54, Robert C. Byrd 16.
Cave Spring at Richlands: Cave Spring has won two of the last three meetings in this series, all of which were for the Region IV title. This time it is a semifinal game. The Knights have struggled this season with teams that try to use the power game against them, and that is what the Blues will try to do behind the legs of Colton Staten. No A.J. Johnson in the secondary could hurt Richlands as they try to defend the pass, which Cave Spring does well. Cave Spring 26, Richlands 23.
Giles at John Battle: The last time John Battle won a playoff game in 1998, it was followed by a loss to Giles. It could happen again, as the Spartans unleash the single wing with the legs of Ian Mann and Brett Whitlow and the blocking of Kearsley Dillon and Jared Farmer. Trying to defend Giles’ unique offense could prove to be difficult for the Trojans, who are banged up and will see the end of a dream season. Giles 45, John Battle 23.
Galax at Honaker: These clubs met in the playoffs last season with the Maroon Tide hammering the Tigers 48-9 on their way to the Division 1 state championship game. While Galax lost one of the Peoples’ brothers — Donta with a broken ankle — they still have Stephen. The Tigers are balanced with Ty Hall through the air and a slew of backs, including Payton Ball carrying the ball. Galax has lost three shootouts — Fort Chiswell (37-36), Graham (45-42) and Grayson County (32-28). The Maroon Tide is due. The top-ranked Tigers will pay the price. Galax 35, Honaker 30.
Haysi at Clintwood: It was Clintwood that defeated Galax for the Division I state title last season. The Greenwave has already pounded Haysi 48-12 earlier in the season behind Gavan Meade, who needs 96 yards to pass 2,000 on the season. The Tigers have their own running threat in Jeffrey Bowen and a talented quarterback in Zach Owens. The Greenwave won two straight state titles in 1974-75, and the dream to do it again will continue after this one. Clintwood 48, Haysi 12.