In one, a Bedford County team was the underdog. In another, a local crew was the favorite. In a third, it appeared to be a toss-up.
None of that mattered as Jefferson Forest, Liberty and Staunton River absorbed losses in their first games of the post-season.
Jefferson Forest lost to powerful Bassett. Liberty was upended by a Rustburg team it had beaten twice this season. Staunton River lost in a match of evenly matched teams, when it fell to Alleghany.
Woulda, shoulda, coulda.