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The 2022 Schedule Features Three Home Southwest District Games
The schedule is out for the 2022 Tazewell Bulldogs football season.
The Backyard Brawl, Tazewell’s annual showdown with richlands for the James C. Ramey Sr. Cup will take place on Oct. 7 at Ernie Hicks Stadium.
The schedule features two non-district home contests and three Southwest District home games.
The slate kicks off with the Bulldogs home opener on Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. when the Bulldogs take on SWD foe, Virginia High. The Bearcats defeated the Bulldogs last year and finished 8-3 in 2021.
On Sept. 2, Tazewell will play host to county rival Graham. This series began in 1927. Including playoff games, the two teams have met 102 times with Graham holding a 60-37-5 advantage. The G-Men finished the 2021 season as the Class 2A State Runner-up.
Tazewell then travels to a Class 3 Region A opponent in Colonial Heights on Sept. 10. The Saturday game will start at 12pm. This will be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Colonials. Before he led Georgia Tech to the 1990 National Championship and the San Diego Chargers to Super Bowl XXIX, Bobby Ross was the Head Football Coach at Colonial Heights in 1963 and 1964. The Colonials finished 4-6 in 2021.
On Sept. 16 the John Battle Trojans visit Bulldog Stadium. Tazewell and John Battle have played 22 times over the years and the Bulldogs hold a 20-2 advantage in the series all-time. The series resumed in 2021 after a long layoff following the 1993 matchup.
The Bulldogs will then be on the road for four straight weeks. The road games are Riverheads (Sept. 24 at 1pm), Grundy (Sept. 30), the Backyard Brawl (Oct. 7) and Bluefield (Oct. 14).
Tazewell will conclude the regular season with two home games. The Bulldogs will host Marion (Oct. 21) in district play and play host to Fort Chiswell (Oct. 28).
During the preseason, Tazewell will travel to Radford for a scrimmage and they will also travel to Chilhowie for their Benefit Game.
Tazewell concluded the 2021 season with a 5-6 record and their third straight playoff appearance.
The full schedule can be seen below.