Lynchburg - Lots of area teams are still playing football this weekend in the state semifinals,including the unbeaten 13-and-0 Heritage Pioneers.
Heritage plays host to 9-and-4 James Monroe Saturday at 2 at Lynchburg City Stadium. The Pioneers survived another close call Friday night against Hidden Valley, now they face a James Monroe team that lost to Brookville in the Division 4 state title game the past two years and won last week in overtime.
Brad Bradley, HERITAGE PIONEERS COACH, said "They don't give up, you know they were down 14-0 in the first quarter and didn't give up. They were down 28-21 with two minutes left in the game and didn't give up. You know they were 6-and-4 in the regular season and have been fighting back. But you've also got to know something about James Monroe and you know this, Brookville knows this. They've been here before, those kids have been here before. A lot of those kids have state championship experience, so that means something."
Josh Huckaby, HERITAGE SENIOR OL/DL, said "They've got some athletes, definitely. They're real big, everybody from that side of the bracket is big. So I mean we can't take anybody lightly. I think they've got some speed and they like to throw the ball."