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Central to remember late 'Trigg' Dotson at Friday's game

Kevin Mays • Oct 23, 2018 at 9:10 PM

The memory of one of the best coaches in Southwest Virginia’s history will be honored when Central’s Warriors host Gate City in Mountain 7 District football action Friday.

Part of the festivities around the game will be a ceremony remembering coach James “Trigg” Dotson, who died earlier this year.

Dotson coached football at the former Pound High School from 1964-73. During his decade-long tenure, Dotson’s teams compiled a 62-36-1 record, including a nine-win season in 1969.

Dotson was also a founder of the former Lonesome Pine Officials Association.

BIG TACKLES

Eastside was walloped last Friday by unbeaten Chilhowie. But not all was glum for the Spartans.

Junior linebacker Evan Bellamy racked up 21 tackles against the high-powered Warriors.

With two games remaining in the regular season, Bellamy is averaging 14.6 tackles per game and is just eight shy of the single- season school record of 125 tackles.

INTO HISTORY

Zoe Brooks wrote her name into the Union volleyball history books Saturday.

The Lady Bears took a win over Ridgeview in a Mountain 7 District playoff game to determine the district’s top seed in the district tournament. Brooks rolled up 31 assists in that match.

Her performance gave her 2,409 for her career, breaking Union’s record for most assists in a career.

Brooks will continue to add to her record with Union’s play in the district and Region 2D tournaments. And possibly more if the Lady Bears advance to the VHSL Class 2 tournament, which is a good possibility.

KEY GAMES FRIDAY NIGHT

Abingdon at Union — Here we go.

Abingdon knocked off Ridgeview last weekend and now the Falcons are perched on the pedestal of the Mountain District 7 football championship.

Only Union stands in the way.

The win over Ridgeview (7-1, 5-1) left Abingdon (6-2, 4-0) as the only unbeaten team in Mountain 7 play. Ridgeview handed Union (7-1, 3-1) its only loss of the season.

Both Abingdon and Union have district games on Nov. 2: Abingdon against Lee High and Union against John Battle. But it would take a colossal upset by Lee or Battle to shake up things in the district standings.

So the fate of the top of the Mountain 7 pretty much rests on Friday night’s outcome at Bullitt Park in Big Stone Gap.

A win by Abingdon would give the Falcons an outright district championship. If Union wins, the Bears, Falcons and Ridgeview would likely share the district title.

More importantly for Union, a win would help the Bears take a giant step in securing the top spot, and home field throughout the Region 2D playoffs, in the VHSL power points rankings.

Rye Cove at J.I. Burton — J.I. Burton has won six straight games and is the heavy favorite to win again Friday night.

All the Raiders need to do is win and then prepare for a Cumberland District championship showdown game with Thomas Walker next week at Lawson-Fitchko Stadium in Norton.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Houston Thacker, J.I. Burton

Thacker, a senior quarterback for the Raiders, had a giant game last weekend against Castlewood and should have another one this week against Rye Cove.

Thacker threw for 236 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in Burton’s 40-6 victory over the Blue Devils last Friday night.

TOP SIX PICKS

For the first time in a while, the region’s top six has undergone some adjustments with Ridgeview falling after its first loss and undefeated Chilhowie climbing.

A look at the top Southwest Virginia high school football teams in our area, with overall record, last week’s ranking and last week’s result:

  1. Chilhowie (8-0)  — (3) — beat Eastside 46-7.
  2. Ridgeview (7-1) — (1) — lost to Abingdon 36-30, OT.
  3. Union (7-1) — (2) — did not play.
  4. Abingdon (6-2) — (6) — beat Ridgeview 36-30, OT.
  5. Graham (7-1) — (4) — beat Richlands 45-0.
  6. Patrick Henry (8-0) — (5) — beat Honaker 46-15.
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