by Jamaar Hawkins, i64sports
Two teams that have been on an apparent collision course all season will finally meet next Friday night when #1 Salem hosts #2 Maury in the Region 5A final. With an anticipated sellout crowd, the contest will take place at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm.
Salem won a thrilling contest with upset-minded Woodside in the region semifinals. A 61-yard touchdown by Lex Henry helped the Sundevils escape with a 21-19 win. Now awaits a matchup with an unbeaten Maury team that has blown that every opponent this season and eliminated Salem from last year’s postseason in the region semifinals.
Maury ran away from Nansemond River 64-8 to advance to their second consecutive Region 5A final. The Commodores defeated Indian River in last year’s title game before losing to Highland Springs in the state semifinals. The Commodores got a big performance from its defense which held an opponent to single digits for the ninth time this season, including both playoff games.
We will have an extended preview of this matchup later this week. As always, follow us on Twitter @i64Sports for live updates from Friday’s region matchups.