HHS Misses Playoffs

East Rock To Host W&L In Div. 2 East

Posted: November 5, 2012

HARRISONBURG – All the major dominos fell in Harrisonburg High School’s favor Friday night, except the bonus points.


As a result, the Blue Streaks (5-5) came up three points shy of the sixth and final Region III, Division 4 football playoff spot. The berth, instead, went to William Byrd (4-6), which benefitted from 82 total bonus points – awarded to teams for strength of schedule, basically – compared to Harrisonburg’s 63.


HHS ended the season on a two-game winning streak against Division 3 playoff team Liberty-Bedford and Waynesboro. Harrisonburg also needed Byrd to lose to Rockbridge County and for Turner Ashby to lose to Fort Defiance, both of which happened on Friday night.


“It came down to bonus points,” HHS assistant and statistician Jay Hook said Sunday. “We were actually ahead with the win [over Waynesboro], but [William Byrd] beat us on bonus points. A couple of the teams they lost to won games. … It’s kind of hard to swallow when you’re 5-5 and they’re 4-6, and they’re going to the playoffs.”


One possible backbreaker for the Streaks was Sherando’s upset Friday of Millbrook, which defeated Harrisonburg 34-33 in overtime in Week 4.


Hook worked the math out late Friday.


“We went to bed Friday night hoping that he was wrong,” HHS assistant Joe Carico said.


“We ended on a real positive,” Carico added. “We played well as a team the last two games, and I think they enjoyed themselves. ...Unfortunately, we didn’t quite have the points we needed.”


The Streaks had reached the postseason the past nine years.


East Rockingham lost two of its last three games but still achieved its goal of hosting a playoff game.


The Eagles (7-3) edged out Washington & Lee (5-5) by five power points to claim the No. 8 seed in the Division 2 East bracket. East Rock will host W&L on Friday at 7 p.m. In Group A, Division 2, there are no byes in the 16-team field, with the top eight teams hosting.


“Obviously, it’s pretty cool,” ERHS coach Donnie Coleman said of hosting. “… I know the kids are excited and we’re excited. I’m sure we’ll have a good crowd.”


In only its second year as a school, ERHS made its first playoff appearance last fall, losing at then-undefeated King William, 48-12.


No. 4 Central-Woodstock (8-2), No. 5 Strasburg (9-1) and No. 16 Luray (3-7) also qualified for the Division 2 East playoffs.