The championship is Radford’s first since 1972
If there was a time to hear crickets in the City of Radford, Saturday might have been the day.
Over 4,000 Bobcat fans packed the stands at Salem Municipal Field and watched Radford High School win their first state championship in over 50 years.
The team capped off a 15-0 season with the Class 2 Finals 39-21 over Riverheads. The stands were packed with over 4,000 fans dressed in black and gold.
“We’re here to cheer on the Bobcats,” fans said as they walked into the stadium. The group included former head coach Norm Lineburg who led the school to its last two championships in 1971 and 1972.
Cowbells rank loud and clear when the Bobcats drove down the field.
When the dust cleared and the rain stopped, Radford was the state champ.
Police and fire vehicles led the team back into the city after their trip back down Interstate 81.
A large contingent met the team and coaches at the RHS gym upon their arrival home. A chant of “Landon for President” broke out as fans welcomed them home.
Radford Mayor David Horton released the following statement:
“Radford is incredibly proud of our Bobcats. This state championship is the result of hard work and dedication and indicative of the values our community holds dear – perseverance, determination, ingenuity, and heart. Often this season it felt like a David vs Goliath scenario with our Bobcats as an underdog, but they never gave up and found a way to come out on top. We are so proud of all our students in Radford City Public Schools, their teachers, coaches, and mentors. “
“After 51 years the return to this pinnacle of success is welcome,” said Horton, “and is such a positive feeling throughout the city. Together as we support each other and strive to be our best, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.”
Horton was among the large contingent of fans at both the game and returning rally.
For photos and recap of the game, check out today’s sports.