This is not the little man vs big man competition or even trying to stir up controversy because everybody knows that because of population centers most of the time there will be more division one athletes out of these areas. Northern Va is the most populous followed by Hampton roads and then Richmond area. If you took the entire population of western va , that is about Lynchburg west it would equal about half of Richmond msa. That being said , at least from 1a to 4a the western areas hold up very well. I think everybody assumed that as the teams that were playing up in the population centers decreased those teams would take over, especially in 3a and 4a.. They won a couple of championships and that will continue at times. Think about it and the sheer numbers of great teams in 3a and 4a from Lynchburg west is crazy. I am not stating that they will win the state championship this year because that has to be played out and there is a difference between one top team and many very good teams. Heritage Brookville E.C. Glass G.w. Danville Jefferson Forest Salem Northside Lord Botetourt William Byrd Blacksburg Pulaski County Not to mention you have some very good or great teams in 2a and 1a like Glenvar and Appoomattox and Union. The sheer numbers do not lie.