Over two weeks have elapsed since longtime Thomas Dale football coach Vic Williams lost his battle with cancer, and because his passing occurred just one year since last season’s magical run to the Knights’ first state football crown, many fans have undoubtedly reflected on how short and fragile life can be.
No doorbuster deals were required for the L.C. Bird High School Skyhawks Friday. While everyone was out shopping, they were thinking of how to beat Hermitage to advance to the Division 6 State Tournament and be crowned Regional Champions for the first time since 2005, when they beat Meadowbrook, 19-13.
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A senior from Meadowbrook, Graves has anchored a young defensive line for the Hokies. After a disappointing 0-2 start, Graves has led Tech to 10 straight wins and a berth in the ACC Championship game, where Tech will face Florida State. Graves has started all 12 games and has recorded 34 tackles. A true scholar-athlete, he is presently working on his third degree.
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Eric McBride, an LC Bird graduate, has been making news on the defensive side of the Richmond Spiders since 2007. He finished out his season as the 2010 CAA Football Co-defensive Player of the Year averaging 10.7 tackles, 54 starts. Three time he was named first team all-CAA Football. He's also a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award That award is coveted by the top defensive players in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivison). The 6'-2" 232 pound McBride was second on The University of Richmond's list of career tackles.
Questions about the health of former football coach Vic Williams have been whirling around the area for months. Many Thomas Dale alumni and fans have shown their concern. Coach Williams died on Saturday, Nov. 20, after a drawn out battle with cancer.
Saturday, Nov. 20, marked the first time in more than 15 years that a Wells football team had made it to the Super Bowl.