In the late game Saturday at Liberty University, Dinwiddie takes on Sherando in the 4A Finals.
Dinwiddie is coached by a familiar face to folks in the Friday Football Extra viewing area --Billy Mills, a native of Chilhowie and the former Rockbridge County Head Coach. Dinwiddie is on the verge of its first state title.
Dinwiddie is unbeaten at a perfect 14-0, steamrolling opponents by scoring 48 points a game while only giving up 8 per contest.
“This group plays great team defense,” Mills said. “There's some good players out there, don't get me wrong. But they play well together, rally around each other and fly to the football and really take a lot of pride in that side of the ball. I've been real proud at how they've grown throughout the year.”
Mills left Rockbridge County in 2005 after making the Wildcats winners. He's done the same with the Generals, inheriting a program that was just 4-35 in the four seasons prior to his arrival. Before this year Dinwiddie had won 12 games twice, and come up just short of the school's first state title. The next shot comes on Saturday against a one loss Sherando team that ousted Salem last week.
“It's going to be a challenge,” Mills said. “They're a great football team. They have only lost one game to Martinsburg, West Virginia, that's won four state championships in a row in 4Aa in West Virginia. We used to scrimmage Martinsburg when I was at Rockbridge and we know how tough that team is, and they were right there in that game with them. We've got film on 'em and we have watched them. They're a tough, hard-nosed, physical football team. They play great defense and they run the ball well.”