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GROUP AA, Div. 2 Preview: Essex vs. Goochland

GROUP AA, DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

ESSEX (14-0) vs. GOOCHLAND (12-2)

At Salem City Stadium

(1004 Texas St., Salem, Va. 24153)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

~ ESSEX: (12/1) vs. John Battle W, 40-9; (11/23) vs. Central Woodstock W, 48-28; (11/16) vs. East Rockingham W, 29-24; (11/9) vs. Luray W, 28-12

~ GOOCHLAND: (12/1) at Wilson Memorial W, 35-0; (11/23) vs. King William W, 63-36; (11/16) vs. Buckingham W, 28-7; (11/9) vs. Windsor W, 55-7

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

ESSEX:

~ QB Dominek Broaddus (So.): Has passed for 3,880 yards, 53 TDs and 9 INTs this season. The yardage and TD totals set new single-season all-classifications state records. Lake Braddock’s Michael Nebrich set the previous yardage mark (3,831) in 2010, while Dinwiddie’s Adam Morgan set the previous TD mark (48) in 2008. Broaddus’ 453 yards passing and 6 TDs in last week’s state semifinal win over John Battle also set single-game state playoff records.

~ WRs Keith Bundy (Jr.) and Dartanious Jones (Jr.): Bundy has 20 TD catches and Jones 17 on the season. Jones caught 4 of Broaddus’ 6 scoring strikes last week and finished with 10 catches for 258 yards. Bundy added 4 catches for 100 yards in the game.

GOOCHLAND:

~ QBs Reid Chenault (Fr.) and Jordan Jefferson (So.): Chenault is the passing threat. He is 40-for-67, for 805 yards, 12 TDs and 4 INTs on the season, including at 3-for-6, 108-yard, 2-TD performance in the state semifinal at Wilson Memorial last week. Jefferson is more of a threat on the ground with 107 carries for 593 and 14 TDs on the season.

~ RBs Mitchell Brice (Sr.), David Dyer (Jr.) and Nathan Mattox (Sr.): The experienced cast, along with Jefferson, had been the team’s backbone all season. Brice has 100 carries for 1,001 yards and 14 TDs, Dyer 108-806 and 10 TDs, and Mattox 86-625 and 5 TDs this year. Wilson Memorial held the Bulldogs to 121 rushing yards last week—well below their season average of 296.3 yards per game coming in to the semifinal—but look for these three to attempt to get back on track this week and keep Essex’s high-octane offense off the field.

DISTRICTS:

~ ESSEX: Northern Neck District Champs

~ GOOCHLAND: James River District Champs

REGION:

~ Both teams came out of the Eastern Region this year. Essex was the No. 1 seed, Goochland the No. 2 seed.

COMMONON OPPONENT THIS YEAR:

~ KING WILLIAM: Essex won 41-26 in the fourth game of the regular season; Goochland won 63-36 in its third playoff game to reach last week’s semifinals.

LOSSES THIS YEAR:

~ ESSEX: none

~ GOOCHLAND: Both loses were to playoff teams—Monticello (39-25), which lost in Group AA, Region II, Division 3 final, and Fork Union (28-10), which lost in the VISAA Division I state final.

OFFENSE / DEFENSE:

~ ESSEX: PF – 655 (46.8 pg); PA – 158 (11.3 pg) [4 shutouts]

~ GOOCHLAND: PF – 517 (36.9 pg); PA – 220 (15.7 pg) [2 shutouts]

LAST MEETING:

~ The teams have met only once before. Goochland beat Essex 31-8 during their state title run in 2006

BOTH TEAMS HAVE PLAYED IN STATE TITLE GAME TWICE BEFORE:

~ ESSEX: Beat Radford 30-0 in 2009 (14-0) – Lost to Gate City 40-15 in 2003 (10-4 record)

~ GOOCHLAND: Lost to Gretna 21-16 in 2011 (14-1) – Beat Giles 28-14 in 2006 (14-0)

PLAYOFF RECORDS SINCE 1970:

~ ESSEX: 21-17

~ GOOCHLAND: 17-11

-Compiled by Tom Leiss

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