Trojans advance to Group 1A state final
For the second year in a row, the Essex Trojan football team will travel to Salem to
Trey Jones (right) sheds a defender enroute to scoring last Saturday to advance to the Group 1A State Championship on Dec. 14.
compete for the state championship. The Trojans will be pitted against the highly regarded Altavista Colonels of Lynchburg in the game at Salem Stadium on Saturday.
It promises to be a match up of equals, a toss-up, a competition of mirror reflections. They share similarities in record, make up and recent history.
Both Division 1 teams earned their tickets to the championship by defeating all similar-size schools.
Both have lost only one game. On October 4, Essex traveled to Fredericksburg and lost an overtime game, 40-37, to the James Monroe Yellow Jackets, who on Saturday will play for the Division 3 state championship. That same night Altavista entertained the Division 2 Gretna Hawks and lost a close one, 23-22.
Last weekend, both teams defeated much heralded teams from southwest Virginia known for their big offensive lines, powerful running games and solid quarterbacks. After an early struggle, Essex used its speed and athleticism to dispatch Fort Chiswell of Max Meadows, 38-13. Similarly, Altavista took down Haysi, 34-22.
Both quarterbacks were headliners for their outstanding performances in the sem-final.
Leading the charge for Essex was quarterback Dominek Broaddus who passed for three touchdowns in the process of putting the game out of reach. Fort Chiswell scored first and things seemed to be going very much the Pioneers’ way in the first quarter as they virtually kept the Trojan offense off the field and registered an early lead with the game’s first touchdown.