Heritage Pioneers of Lynchburg have lots of motivation for Class 3 state final against Phoebus – Daily Press

Heritage coach Brad Bradley is in an enviable position in one respect, as he prepares his Pioneers (13-1) for the not-so-enviable task of playing Phoebus (13-1) in the Class 3 football state championship game at noon Saturday at Liberty University’s Williams Stadium in Lynchburg.

His team does not lack for motivation.

First, there were the naysayers. Bradley says some thought the Pioneers might take a step backward after graduating starters at 11 positions from last year’s team, most notably Elijah “Lala” Davis, an Old Dominion recruit who ran for a nation-leading 3,670 yards as a senior.

Then there’s the memory of the Pioneers’ final game of a year ago, the 20-12 loss to Hopewell in the Class 3 state final. Add in the fact they’ll be playing in their hometown of Lynchburg, just minutes from their school, and the Pioneers have several layers of motivation.