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Four Southwest, Central Virginia high school football teams to appear in state championships

Salem, Lord Botetourt, Galax and Appomattox are set to take the field

Relaxed restrictions here in Virginia mean more fans can cheer on players during tomorrow's state football championship.
Relaxed restrictions here in Virginia mean more fans can cheer on players during tomorrow's state football championship.

ROANOKE, Va. – Several high school football teams from across Southwest and Central Virginia are preparing to wrap up their season at the state championships Saturday.

A spring football season is something Lord Botetourt football coach Jamie Harless could have never imagined.

“I think the biggest thing is they have done a great job of being able to handle all the changes, know they’re very grateful for the opportunity they have, you know, it’s just wonderful,” Lord Botetourt Head Coach Jamie Harless said.

Now he and his team are gearing up to play in the state title game, and thanks to new guidelines from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, 1,000 fans will be allowed in to watch.

“I’m just so happy for our players that they’re going to be able to play tomorrow and have a crowd,” VHSL Executive Director Billy Haun said.

VHSL Executive Director Billy Haun said the organization has been working all season to keep players safety and health in mind.

“It’s really exciting. It’s been hard it’s been a lot of hard work, but you know it’s very exciting. Every, every sport has had a chance to play this year,” Haun said.

Coach Harless says his players have had to sacrifice a lot over the past year, having fans to support them will make a big difference.

“Very grateful to have this opportunity and, you know, like I said, our kids are just, they’re happy they got to play a season but they’re just overjoyed to getting this opportunity to be able to go play in this game,” Harless said.

But there are still some covid-19 guidelines in place for those planning to watch the game in person.

“I want people to understand that while they did relax it for some things, it has not been relaxed for these events. So, expectation when you come out to stadium tomorrow to support your team, where your mask and have six-foot social distance so be mindful of that,” Haun said.

Salem, Galax, and Appomattox are also set to appear in state title games Saturday.


About the Author:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.