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Giles 20, Brunswick 19 (FINAL, OT): A late and furious comeback led Giles to a wild 20-19 overtime victory against Brunswick on Saturday to win the VHSL 2A state title.
Giles clinched the title after Brunswick missed a point-after try in overtime that would have sent the game into a second overtime session.
The Spartans tied the game when Tyler Perdue hit Dakoda Shrader in the corner of the end zone with one second left in regulation. However, Giles’ point-after try missed badly, forcing overtime.
In overtime, the Spartans started with the ball and scored on a 2-yard Brian Mann touchdown run, making the score 20-13.
Per overtime rules, Brunswick got a chance to tie it. A nine-yard pass from Darren Owens to Quantrel Hardy brought the Bulldogs to within 20-19. However, Brunswick was whistled for a false start on the point-after try. After the five-yard penalty Brunswick’s kick sailed wide right, sending the rain-soaked Giles cheering section into euphoria.
Brett Whitlow led Giles with 120 yards on 21 carries. Brian Mann rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Brunswick (12-3) opened the scoring with 2:51 left in the first quarter when quarterback Darren Owens found Jakal Williams for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Brunswick appeared to pull away in the second quarter when Javonte’ Hargrove ran back a Giles punt for a touchdown. However, a penalty negated the score, and Brunswick ended up turning the ball over on downs.
Giles (15-0) finally got its single-wing offense going late in the second quarter. A 65-yard drive was capped off when Brian Mann ran eight yards for a touchdown on 4th-and-1 with 1:30 left in the half.
Brunswick jumped back ahead with 9:26 left in regulation when quarterback Darren Owens faked the handoff and sprinted 29 yards for the touchdown. A bad snap on the point-after try made it 13-7, Bulldogs. Owens led Brunswick with 66 yards on the ground. He also threw two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Brunswick maintained the 13-7 advantage until Shrader’s improbable 14-yard touchdown pass from Perdue. The pass was only Giles’ second completion on the night. In fact, Giles threw more interceptions (four) than it did completions (two).
- Altavista 21, Essex 0 (FINAL): On a cold, wet day at Salem Stadium, offense was hard to come by.
But that didn't stop Altavista from winning its second state title, 21-0, over Essex in the 1A state championship game.
Juan Thornhill led the Colonels with 20 carries for 83 yards on the ground. He also completed 9-of-18 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown pass. That touchdown pass was a 19-yard connection to Demitre Maulbeck in the first quarter. Maulbeck finished with six catches for 113 yards.
Altavista gained 322 yards on offense, and the Colonels' stifling defense held Essex's pass-first attack to just 166 yards. Clydale Moon and Destin Brown ran for the Colonels' other two touchdowns. The Colonels (14-1) intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble to won their first state title since 2009.
Essex (13-2) was plagued by turnovers from the get-go. The Trojans turned the ball over on its first two plays from scrimmage. Altavista cashed in when Thornhill, the UVA recruit, hit Maulbeck in the corner of the end zone to put the Colonels up 7-0 with 8:50 left in the first quarter.
Altavista had another opportunity in the second quarter to put points on the board, but a 28-yard field goal failed.
The first half ended with Altavista threatening after a long drive. But with 15 seconds left from the 20-yard line, Thornhill’s pass was picked off by Essex’s DeAndre Baylor.
Altavista finished the opening half with 144 yards of offense, and held Essex to just 52 yards.