LYNCHBURG, Va. — Next year, they know, will be different. Yards will come harder, opponents will charge faster, crowds will roar louder. Those are the very real challenges of football in Virginia’s AAA classification, Briar Woods’s landing spot after its three-year monopoly in AA Division 4.
Saturday’s state final against Heritage-Lynchburg, then, offered the No. 4 Falcons something unique — something more enduring than the glory of an area-best 29th straight victory. With one last game, Briar Woods could broadcast its farewell message to the classification it was about to win for a third straight year. The Falcons’ 52-0 rout at Liberty University’s Williams Stadium, as it turned out, was a fitting goodbye. It capped only the second run of three consecutive titles in Group AA, and, more than that, it served as a forceful introduction for Briar Woods’s opponents-to-be.
“It’s just another step in the program, another step in the heritage and legacy of the school,” Coach Charlie Pierce said. “We’ll see what happens this next year.”