No. 3 seed Christiansburg (8-3) opened up post-season play with an easy 48-6 win against No. 6 Bassett last Friday night in the opening round of the expanded Region IV, Division 4 playoffs.
Earlier, the Blue Demons pounded this same team, 49-0, in the second game of the season.
In Friday’s game with Bassett, Ryan Fisher had 181 yards on five carries and Greg Lee had 99 yards on 11 carries. Christiansburg racked up 464 yards of total offense, while holding the Bengals to a lowly 64 yards and five first downs.
Christiansburg’s reward for its opening round win, is another meeting with No. 2 seed Hidden Valley (7-3), a team they lost to by a 28-21 margin back on a soggy Oct. 16.
In that soggy game, Hidden Valley’s David Williams was unstopable, as the senior carried the ball 44 times for 278 yards.
The Blue Demons, who was playing without Zach Weller in the Hidden Valley game, saw his replacement, Matt Cruz make 22 tackles, after getting the starting nod on defense.
The Titan defense held Christiansburg to just 135 yards of offense. Zach Snell led the way with 45 yards rushing and Brenden Motley’s had 85 yards through the air on a 7-for-12 evening.
The Blue Demons will need to take their “A” game with them to Roanoke. They must play fundamental, mistake-free football, as well as containing the highly potent running of Williams.
This week’s Region IV, Division 4 semifinal game will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Bogle Field in Roanoke.
Saturday’s winner will get the survivor of the No.5 Magna Vista/No.1 Salem game the following week.