Salem football in the hunt for third straight Class 4 state title

Spartans prepare for Louisa County in state championship Saturday

SALEM, Va. – With eight state titles in school history, Salem High School has emerged as one of the top contenders year in and year out. This year is no different.

The Spartans are headed to the Class 4 state championship for the fourth straight season. They took home the title the past two years and want nothing more than to win their third consecutive Class 4 crown with a victory over Louisa County Saturday.

"Well they obviously have a great players, they're coached real well, but I think the main thing is that they care. The community cares, they're going to play to the whistle they're going to play for four quarters. They have a lot of fight in them and they are hungry and that's neat to see. High school football is a tough game it's a long season and those guys look like they're really enjoying the ride, so we know will get their best effort," said Spartans head coach Stephen Magenbauer. 

"I definitely feel like we go harder in practice just because the stakes are so much higher and we just want to be that much better and beat them. So I feel like we prepare physically harder and mentally too, because if you walk in there with our old mindset then it's just not going to turn out well," said lineman Farrell Thomas.

"It's pretty cool just be part of a program that's constantly good. It's cool to see because we work towards it and the coaches talk about it throughout the year. Just how if we work hard prepared to play the best, then will end up playing the best, which has happened the past four years," added nose guard Nick Anthony.