Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different. From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.
The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season.
Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).
The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons
, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.
According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships
Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1