Four area high schools were chasing down a chance to go to the state finals, but only two survived on Saturday. In the Class 6A semifinals, Ocean Lakes couldn't withstand four turnovers as Manchester scored three times in a five minute span and handed the Dolphins 42-3 loss at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. The Dolphins (13-1) also got penalized 14 times for 127 yards.
The Maury Commodores held their own early in their Class 5A game against 3-time defending champion Highland Springs. Despite jumping out to a first quarter lead, they got outscored in the second half 47-7 by the Springers and lost 71-28.
Lake Taylor heads to their 4th state title appearance in 7 seasons as they held off Eastern View in the Class 4A semis 35-31. Titans wide receiver, Javon Harvey had 211 receiving yards on just 5 catches that included a 53 yard pass to set up Malik Newton's game winning touchdown. The Titans face Woodgrove in the finals.
Phoebus got a big day from Barry Hargraves. The senior had 132 receiving yards to go with two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Phantoms won over Culpeper 35-14 in the Class 3A semis. They'll next face Heritage of Lynchburg as they go after their 8th state title.