LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The Blacksburg Bruins have been the surprise team in the postseason up to this point. The No. 10 seed in 3A West pulled off back-to-back upsets in the last two weeks. On Friday night, the Bruins hit the road for the third straight week to face Heritage for just the second time ever and the first since 2002.
Not many expected a matchup between the No.10 seed Blacksburg and No. 6 seed Heritage in the state quarterfinals, but that's what we had tonight in Lynchburg.
The Pioneers have been led by junior running back, Elijah Davis all season long, and he would be motoring early. A 36-yard gain turned into an interception, turned it over to Blacksburg.
The Bruins have a bear of a running back as well. Cole Beck turned on the jets, hightailed it 38 yards to the house. Blacksburg got the early 7-0 lead.
Elijah Davis would get nicked up shortly thereafter and the Bruins would continue to take advantage in the second quarter.
Again, Beck took it 54 yards for the touchdown.
But even with Davis sidelined, the Pioneers blazed a trail before the half. Quarterback Kevin Moss showed off the quickness on the keeper, going 57 yards to set up a field goal. Heritage playing from behind down 14-3 at the break.
Davis, though, would return in the second half, and played his guts out. He got to the sideline and went 48 yards for the score to make it 14-10.
But Blacksburg had a big response on the other end. Beck got into the endzone from four yards out, pushing the lead back out to 21-10.
Time was ticking away in the 4th with Blacksburg up 24-10, but Davis again finds his way in for the touchdown. And it's a one possession game with two minutes to go.
The Bruins tried to run out the clock, but it's a rare mishap from Cole Beck, putting the ball on the turf. Vonte Pannell comes up with it, and the Pioneers have life.
Coming back the other way, Davis went to the air with hopes of tying up the ball game, but instead it's Blackburg's Camden Wise who pulled down the interception, as the Bruins continue their unexpected run to state semifinals, knocking off Heritage, 24-17.
Heritage ended their season with an 8-5 record, while the Blacksburg Bruins are onto the state semifinals for the first time since 1994.