CLASS 3 REGION B SEMIFINAL
NO. 4 BRENTSVILLE (5-1) AT NO. 1 GOOCHLAND (5-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Brentsville head coach: Joe Mullinax (Fourth season, 23-18 overall record)
Goochland head coach: Alex Fruth (Third season, 31-3 overall record)
Playoff background: Brentsville is in the postseason for the sixth straight time. Goochland is in the postseason for the 17th straight time. Goochland lost in the Class 3 state semifinals in 2019 and the state final in 2018. Brentsville has never advanced beyond regionals.
Brentsville offensive leaders: Quarterback Beau Lang (35-65-2, 517 passing yards, 5 TDs passing, 66 carries for 370 rushing yards, 4 TDs); Jackson Schnetzler (10 receptions, 91 yards)
Goochland offensive leaders: Quarterback C.J. Towles (25-43-1, 480 passing yards, 8 TDs passing) running back Conner Popielarz (53-351, 5 TDs); wide receiver Kameron Holman (9 receptions, 192 yards and 3 TDs)
Did you know? Brentsville head coach Joe Mullinax and Goochland head coach Alex Fruth know each other from their days at Division III Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, where Mullinax played on the offensive line and Fruth coached the wide receivers.
CLASS 6 REGION B SEMIFINALS
NO. 4 PATRIOT (4-1) AT NO. 1 GAR-FIELD (6-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Patriot head coach: Sean Finnerty (Second season, 14-3 overall record)
Gar-Field head coach: Tony Keiling (Fourth season, 16-21 overall record)
Playoff background: Patriot is in the postseason for the fifth straight time. Gar-Field is in for the second straight time after missing out the previous seven seasons.
Patriot offensive leaders: Quarterback Cody Rogers (48-72-4, 675 yards, 7 TDs, 59 rushes for 341 yards, 7 TDs); running back Keith Jenkins (104-703, 7 TDs), wide receiver Gabe Bigbee (23-325, 2 TDs)
Gar-Field offensive leaders: Quarterback Bishop Fitzgerald (52-107-2, 1,300 passing yards, 16 TDs; 35 carries, 350 rushing yards, 8 TDs); running back Abdul Kaloko (32 carries, 410 yards, 8 TDs); wide receiver Jedaiah Dancy (17 receptions, 478 yards, 5 TDs)
Did you know? This is the first meeting between the two schools in football since they met in the 2014. Patriot won that game 34-0 and also their matchup with Gar-Field in 2013 by a score of 41-14. Also Gar-Field has three four-year starters in quarterback/free safety Bishop Fitzgerald, linebacker and Towson signee Mason Woods and wide receiver/strong safety Marcus Young. Gar-Field is hosting its first football playoff game since 2011.
NO. 3 BATTLEFIELD (5-1) AT NO. 2 MASSAPONAX (6-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Battlefield head coach: Scott Girolmo (Second season, 9-7 overall record)
Massaponax head coach: Eric Ludden (23rd season, 187-75 overall record)
Playoff background: Battlefield is in the postseason for the first time since 2017. Massaponax is in for the third straight season.
Battlefield offensive leaders: Running back Matt Binkowski (105 rushes, 767 yards, 11 TDs); quarterback Jonathan Walters (29-58-2, 604 yards, 8 TDs); wide receiver Geajorm Akpaloo (10-297, 6 TDs)
Massaponax offensive leaders: Quarterback Luke Morley (22-30-0, 427 passing yards 7 TDs, 42 rushes for 549 yards, 9 TDs); receiver A.J. Miller (10 receptions for 299 yards, 6 TDs)
Did you know? This is Massaponax’s last year as a Class 6 school. Next school year, they and Riverbend move down to Class 5 Region D. Battlefield head coach Scott Girolmo is leaving after this school year to take the same job at Prince George High School.