Well the 3rd edition of the FLS Varsity Student Section Challenge is in the book and we've crowned our new champion, the "Louisa Loonies" now rule the roost!

They officially finished off a wire-to-wire victory at midnight on Friday night with a convincing win over the "Charger Chaos" of Chancellor, which used upset wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals to make it to last week's final stage where their mojo just ran out.

2019 FLS Varsity Student Section Challenge - Online poll final results

The "Loonies" finished unbeaten this year just like their football team which closed out its third straight undefeated regular season last night. And they did it in impressive fashion.

Over 10 rounds of voting, the "Loonies" totaled 27,022 votes! . . . including a whopping 13,492 in their semifinal win over defending Challenge Champion "Knights Watch" of Spotsylvania.

2019 FLS Varsity Student Section Challenge - Bracket Rounds - Finals Results

You can see the vote totals from each round and the overall total used for seeding heading into the bracket portion of this year's Challenge further down in this post.

Once again, we'd like to that all the took the time to vote and represent your school's spirit. It doesn't have to end just because our Fall Challenge ended with the football regular season. We want to see more throughout the football playoff and all the other sports and activities your schools are involved in.

School spirit brings something special to the game for any player or participant, knowing that they are supported when will they participate in activities that give an opportunity to show how great your school is.

So don't stop and we still want to see your schools out there representing themselves well even with the Challenge over. Feel free to tag us in pictures and/or videos (@FLSVarsity) to continue showing us and our community how you support your teams and schools throughout the school year.

Thanks again for participating and we hope you had as much fun as we did.


SOME CHALLENGE DETAILS

Below is a quick look at how many schools will be eliminated each round and how many will advance. Click Here to review the full rules and format explanation.

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS

ROUND     SCHOOLS ELIMINATED    SCHOOLS ADVANCING  
First120
Second 218
Third216
Fourth214
Fifth212
Sixth210
Seventh28

BRACKET ROUNDS

ROUND  SCHOOLS ELIMINATED    SCHOOLS ADVANCING  
Quarterfinals   44
Semifinals22
Final11 (Champion) 

FIRST-ROUND POST

It's that time of year again! Time to kickoff the voting for this year's FLS Varsity Student Section Challenge.

With a new format, click here to read all about it, we think the third edition will be the best one yet.

This week's first round will involve all 21 Fredericksburg-area high school with football programs, with one school eliminated each round at the conclusion of voting following next Friday's games.

The remaining 20 schools will advance to the second round.

Now remember what this event is all about . . . students, faculty—current and former—and anyone who follows high school football in the area supporting their schools and high school football the best way possible . . . Positive energy and support for their school.

The focus should be on supporting your school, not encouraging negativity toward other schools. So, put your best foot forward and let the best school win!


SECOND-ROUND POST

A very nice turnout for the opening round of voting has yielded us our 20 second-round schools and the "Louisa Loonies" as our first-round champion with 843 votes, more than 200 more than runner-up and 2017—the inaugural Challenge—overall champion, the "Orange Fever" of North Stafford.

Complete first-round results and with schools advanced can be seen below.

Can the Loonies continue their early voting rampage, or will the rest overtake them as we move forward?

With every school that advances, there is also some that don't. In this case just one, Washington & Lee's "Blue Crew." In our upcoming rounds, two schools will not be moving on—as can be seen lower down in this email—until we sit with eight schools remaining.

Expect the voting to only get more tightly contended as the football season goes on and let the best student section win!


THIRD-ROUND POST

The "Louisa Loonies" do it again, winning their second straight round, this time breaking the 1,000-vote barrier. Defending champion, the "Knights Watch" from Spotsylvania and inaugural champions (2017) "Orange Fever" from North Stafford also showed well rounding out the top three this week.

Overall, the voting numbers rose by about 1,500 votes so the steam is building as we enter round three this week with 18 school's advancing and two being eliminated.

We regretfully say our goodbyes to Orange's "The Sworm" and Fredericksburg Christian's "Eagles Nest" after the second round. Both will I'm sure continue to support their teams wholeheartedly the rest of the season with next challenge in their sites.

New this week, we have our overall vote standings running in this post below. The overall vote standings will be used to determine the seeding once the single-elimination Bracket Rounds (Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Final) begin once we're down to our final eight schools.

If the Quarterfinals began today, the "Louisa Loonies" would be the top seed and would face No. 8 "Massaponax Maniacs," with the following match-up rounding out the field: "Knights Watch" vs. "Charger Chaos" (Chancellor), "Orange Fever" vs. "Cougar Den" (Courtland) and "Foxes Den" (King George) vs. "Wildcat Crazies" (Mountain View).

But there's still plenty of time for that to change with five more rounds to go until the Quarterfinals begin. So don't give up hope if you're not at the top. Let you school spirit shine through and help lead your school to victory in this week's Third Round. Every vote counts!


FOURTH-ROUND POST

Are the "Louisa Loonies" going to run the table? Another 1,000-vote round saw them top the charts in the Third Round, just as they did in the previous two rounds.

North Stafford's "Orange Fever" and Spotsylvania's "Knights Watch" flip flopped positions this round taking second and third, respectively.

The biggest voting increase in the Third Round came from the "Green Wall" of Colonial Forge, who increased their voting total by nearly 300 in last week's round. Though they had the biggest increase of that round of the challenge, they still sit a distant sixth behind overall the overall leaders from Louisa.

The "Loonies" overall total of 3,093 votes is quite impressive, but not insurmountable for Spotsylvania and North Stafford, which totals of over 2,000 votes sitting in second and third.

The overall vote totals will be used to seed our final eight schools when the single-elimination Bracket Rounds begin with the Quarterfinals after the Seventh Round is completed. 

After the Third Round, we say goodbye to Caroline's "Blue Crew" and Culpeper's "Devils Den" with the 16 remaining schools advancing to the Fourth Round that will run through this week with voting closing at midnight after Friday night's high school football schedule is completed.

Remember, we want to see your schools out there representing themselves well, so feel free to tag us in pictures and videos (@FLSVarsity). Show us how you support your teams and schools throughout this fall season.

Keep the votes coming! Though Louisa holds a pretty solid lead right now, that advantage is not insurmountable as we saw several school notch over 1,000 votes throughout the various rounds of last year's challenge. And you never know what can happen once single-elimination rolls around.


FIFTH-ROUND POST

The fourth-round voting saw an early front-runner jump out to a sizable lead when the "Wildcat Crazies" of Mountain View start off the run with a flurry of votes.

BUT . . . the early jump on the competition only seemed to awaken our overall leader so far, the "Louisa Loonies," who methodically continued to add votes before finally pull ahead to win its fourth straight round and solidify itself as the current title favorite.

The strong round of voting from the "Wildcat Crazies" did vault them into the third-seed position in the overall voting, just behind Spotsylvania's "Knights Watch."

Both the "Knights Watch" and North Stafford's "Orange Fever" dropped off in the vote totals Round 4 allowing the "Louisa Loonies" to strengthen their grip on the potential No. 1 seed when the single-elimination quarterfinals kick off after the Seventh Round in three weeks.

This week we have to say our goodbyes to underdog St. Michael and, in a big of a surprise, the "Massaponax Maniacs." The Maniacs' vote totals surprisingly dropped off in each of the first four rounds eventually culminating in this week's lowest vote total of the round.

The race for the top eight quarterfinal spots is still wide open though, as good voting in the next three rounds could help any of the remaining 14 schools jump into those sport. So, be sure to keep the votes coming whether your school sits in one of the top eight positions currently or at No. 14.


SIXTH-ROUND POST

Well, they did it again. The "Louisa Loonies" took the top spot in the just concluded Fifth Round ahead of the up-and-coming "Wildcat Crazies" from Mountain View.

With two more preliminary rounds to go before the bracket portion of this year's Challenge begins, the "Loonies" as setting themselves nicely to be the top seed in the final eight.

While the "Loonies" had their fourth straight round with over 1,000 votes, the "Wildcat Crazies" notched their second straight round of eclipsing that mark, the only two schools to do so so far.

The "Knights Watch" of Spotsylvania, and "Orange Fever" of North Stafford are also looking like pretty solid locks to advance to that final eight as we head to Sixth Round voting this week. The "Foxes Den" of King George and "Green Wall" of Colonial Forge both also have over 1,000 total votes through five rounds.

If the bracket tournament started today, "Charger Chaos" of Chancellor and the "Cougar Den" of Courtland would also be in. However, the other four schools that advanced to the Sixth Round—the "Bear Cave" of Riverbend, the "Blue Wave" of Stafford, Eastern View's "Storm Shelter" and "The JM Swarm" of James Monroe—are still within striking distance of making the bracket.

Once again, this week we have to say goodbye to two more schools as Colonial Beach and the "Red Rage" of Brooke Point received the lowest number of votes in the Fifth Round.


SEVENTH-ROUND POST

And we're on to the final elimination round, the Seventh Round, before the the remaining schools are seeded by their overall vote totals into the head-to-head bracket portion of this year's Challenge.

But first, we conclude the Sixth Round with the sixth straight round win by the "Louisa Loonies," breaking the 1,000-point barrier for the fifth week in a row to top this week's runner-up—for a third straight week—the "Wildcat Crazies" of Mountain View.

The overall top four schools seem pretty sure to advance to the quarterfinals at this point. The "Louisa Loonies," "Wildcat Crazies," North Stafford's "Orange Fever" and "Knights Watch" of Spotsylvania" have each topped the 3,000-vote mark.

Spots five through seven—currently the "Foxes Den" of King George, the "Green Wall" of Colonial Forge and "Charger Chaos" of Chancellor—also seem pretty safe.

The eighth and final quarterfinal position, however, is definitely up for grabs with Courtland's "Cougar Den", Riverbend's "Bear Cave" and Stafford's "Blue Wave" within 100 votes of each other.

Another week of voting concluded means another week of eliminations. This week we must now say our farewells from this year's Challenge to "The JM Swarm" from James Monroe and the "Storm Shelter" from Eastern View, who each received the lowest number of votes in the Sixth Round. This coming week's Seventh Round will see the 10 remaining schools knocked down to eight by week's end, leaving us with our Final 8.

Those Final 8 advance to our Bracket Rounds with seeding 1st through 8th setting our Quarterfinal match-ups based on the total number of votes each school has received through every rounds voting so far. Click Here to read the full rules.


QUARTERFINALS POST

The preliminary rounds have now come to an end and we have on quarterfinalists as we've narrowed down the field to the final either with last week's voting.

The "Louisa Loonies" capped off a run of seven weeks of first-place finishes with a total of 1,050 in the final preliminary round to earn the top overall seed in the Bracket Rounds. The "Loonies" finished a whopping 8,589 votes—that's an average of 1,227 votes per round. Both pretty impressive totals.

However, they will have to keep that momentum going in the Bracket Rounds where anything can happen as were work toward crowning our third annual Challenge's champion.

Also moving on the the Bracket Rounds—in alphabetical order—will be Chancellor, King George, Mountain View, North Stafford, Riverbend, Spotsylvania and Stafford.

2019 FLS Varsity Student Section Challenge - Seventh Round Results

Eliminated in this final preliminary round was the "Green Wall" of Colonial Forge and the "Cougar Den" of Courtland after pour voter turnout in the Seventh Round. Both finished in the top eight in the Sixth Round, but could not repeat that effort last week.

With those final eight moving on, each school was then seeded based on the total number of votes each received over the opening seven rounds.

2019 FLS Varsity Student Section Challenge - Overall votes through Seventh Round

After the seedings were set, each school was then placed in the bracket accordingly. From here on out, all match-ups will be head-to-head, with the winners from each match-up each week advancing to the next round.

The match-ups were set according to the basic bracket process of 1st seed vs. 8th seed, 2nd seed vs. 7th seed, 3rd seed vs. 6th seed and 4th seed vs. 5th seed for the Quarterfinals. There will be no reseeding after each round is complete so each school will be able to track who they may face next.

So have at it and let's have some more fun over the final three weeks of this year's Challenge.


SEMIFINALS POST

The quarterfinal bracket round of this year's challenge is in the books and we have our four semifinals.

Voting was fast and furious throughout the week with the lead in each match-up changing hands at least once. The seeds held true to form in all but one encounter where sixth-seeded "Charger Chaos" of Chancellor knocked off our first-ever champion, North Stafford's "Orange Fever" by over 300 votes.

They more on to face the winner of the closest match-up of the quarterfinal round, which came between the second-seeded "Wildcat Crazies" of Mountain View and the upstart "Bear Cave" of Riverbend. The voting was tight all week with the "Crazies" barely holding off the the "Bear Cave" by a mere 83 votes.

In the other match-ups, the top-seeded "Louisa Loonies" trailed the Stafford's "Blue Wave" early on, but once they took the lead earlier in the week, steadily pulled away until registering their highest total of the Challenge so far with over 2,000 votes.

They will face fourth-seeded and defending champion "Knights Watch" of Spotsylvania about doubled its previous high total of this year's Challenge with nearly 1,691 votes. It had to in order to edge King George's "Foxes Den" by 91 votes after trailing in the pairing until Wednesday.

See below for the final results and updated bracket with semifinal match-ups.

With the end of a round, also comes the goodbyes. All four teams eliminated in this round represented themselves and their schools well. We hope to see the school spirit continue to be displayed at sporting events and around campus.

With that said, let us move on the the Final Four, the semifinals where four schools enter and only two leave. "Knights Watch" won't just give their title away, but the "Louisa Loonies," "Wildcat Crazies" and "Charger Chaos" will do our best to guarantee us a new champion come this time next week!


FINAL POST

WOW! Some big numbers in the semifinal round this year.

In one of the match-ups, defending champions "Knights Watch" of Spotsylvania did not want to relinquish their title and made the "Louisa Loonies" work until the final hours of voting to continue their run of victories in this year's edition.

And that's what they did, maintaining their advantage as the polls closed to advance to the final and guarantee their would be a third different champion in the three years that the Challenge has run.

It was much the same in the other semifinal, but it didn't look like it would be close early in the week when "Charger Chaos" of Chancellor jumped up to a pretty substantial lead over the "Wildcat Crazies" of Mountain View. But the "Crazies" put out a call to their followers for more votes and that's what they got giving the Chargers a run.

The early deficit was just too much to overcome, however, and "Charger Chaos" was able to hold off the "Crazies" and move on to the last stage of voting.

SEMIFINAL RESULTS

The final will pit the top-seed "Louisa Loonies" against the upstart, sixth-seeded "Charger Chaos".

The "Loonies" have won all nine rounds of this year's Challenge so far with a whopping total of 24,196 votes combines from this rounds. "Chaos" on the other hand has totaled a modest 7,511.

Is "Chaos" a big underdog? Yes.

Do they have an insurmountable disadvantage in front of them? No.

Let's see what both have in story for us this week as we reach the final stretch of the third annual FLS Varisty Student Section Challenge!

Again, with the end of another round, we must say our goodbyes and give congratulations to two more eliminated schools.

Defending champions "Knights Watch" showed their school spirit once again throughout this year's Challenges and came up just short of reaching their second straight final. A great effort in the poll and in the stands that represents their school and the support they have for their programs well.

And the "Wildcat Crazies," who started off the voting slow in the early rounds before picking up steam and finished second in voting each of the final four weeks of the preliminary rounds. They were knocked out in the quarterfinals in 2018, made took another step to the semifinals this year. Let's see if they can continue that trend with a run to the final in 2020.

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