Hahn discusses state finalists
As Essex Trojan Head Football Coach John Fulks prepares for the state championship game this weekend with Altavista, he might make a friendly phone call to another Northern Neck District football coach.
Only one team has played both contenders for the Division 1 state championship.
That would be the Northumberland Indians led by first year head coach Brian Hahn.
This has not been a glorious year for Northumberland. The Indians, 3-8, registered their three wins in their first five games. They finished the season losing six straight and in that run took two of their most lopsided losses against Division 1 powers Essex and Altavista.
“I told my guys I would just be shocked that Altavista is not in the title game and we said the same thing about Essex,” Hahn said. “Both teams are stacked and [it] should be a good game.”
The Indians traveled to Tappahannock on Oct. 14 and suffered their only shutout of the season, 54-0.
By virtue of this year’s expanded playoff format, the Indians won a lowly 15 seed in the East Division and faced second seeded Altavista in the opening round. The Indians finished their season on November 15 with a loss, 62-18.
“Speed with Altavista was the first thing I noticed, how disciplined they were, played every down full speed and very well coached,” Hahn said.
Hahn laughed when asked who he thought would win out the final game of the season electing not to answer.
“Its tough to say,” Hahn said. “Whoever wins is going to have to play error free.”
Hahn said his coaching staff was also split on would win the matchup, but said he does plan on keeping with up with Saturday’s game.