WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The 3A Championship featured Blacksburg and Staunton River Saturday.
Blacksburg came into the 3A state championship game as one of the most improved football teams in the state. Its opponent, Staunton River, came in as one of the most consistent.
And that consistent running game looked strong in the early-going for the Golden Eagles. Kalip Jones finished off Staunton River's opening drive with a 15-yard touchdown to go up 8-0.
But the Bruins would answer right back. Grant Johnston went down the sideline and connected with Thomas Coffey for 31 yards and the score, making it 8-7.
Then in the second quarter, the Golden Eagles responded when Jones found TJ Tester for the touchdown. And the Golden Eagles took the 14-7 lead into the half.
The Bruins though, wouldn't back down. Johnston swung it out to Tiquest Terry, and Terry will do the rest. He showed off his speed when he took it 58 yards to the house. That made it a tie ballgame at 14 apiece.
Blacksburg's defense would continue to hold up, leading to not just one, but two rushing touchdowns from Cole Beck in the 4th quarter to give the Bruins the 28-14 lead with less than 4 minutes to go.
But Staunton River didn't come this far to give up now. Grayson Overstreet pummeled his way into the pile, breaking the plane for the touchdown making it 28-20.
So the Golden Eagles set up for the onside kick, but Blacksburg's Brick Boyle came up with the recovery sealing an unpredictable state championship victory over Staunton River, 28-20.