LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- Fog set the mood at City Stadium Saturday.
Heritage capping off a six minute drive to start game. Jabari Blake fires the touchdown pass back across the field to TraeSean Hall, but they missed the extra point.
Botetourt bounces right back. Preston Martin passes a deep ball to Jake Dewease. Lord Botetourt leads 7-6, as Dewease does a tap dance in the back of the endzone.
Here comes Blake again, using his legs to score, and the Pioneers had momentum going in to halftime, up 21-10.
Early in the third, Blake puts it up for Chris Megginson. He will not go down thanks to pure will. He break multiple tackles all the way to endzone for 28-10.
Botetourt scored the next 24 points though. Hunter Rice was on another planet. He ran for 280 yards, including a 68 yard score to get the Cavaliers within 28-17 midway through the third quarter.
Then they give it to him again on the first play of the fourth, and Rice delivers with a 55 yard sprint to the house to give Botetourt the lead with 11 minutes left, 31-28.
But Heritage used a key fourth down play to their advantage. KJ Vaughn found the endzone and Heritage held on by the skin of their teeth to win 42-39.
"This was not only for Heritage High School, this was for the Seminole District. I'm proud of our kids. They played hard. The Offensive Player of the Year in the Region is Jabari Blake. Nobody's given him a chance. Everybody says he's not as good as he is, but I'm gonna tell ya right now, he's pretty daggone good. With his arms and his legs today, he did a really good job. It's a total team win, offense, defense, and special teams and I'm just really pleased. We're excited but we now that, more than anybody, there's still a lot of unfinished business left," Heritage head coach Brad Bradley.
"Two of those touchdowns on the board belong to me up there. They don't belong to the kids. I think our kids played their guts out and I did a poor job preparing them on defense. I'm just really disappointed in the way that I prepared our guys. They've got a barrel full of guts. Now if their head coach would get a little bit smarter then they'd be playing next week," Lord Botetourt head coach Jamie Harless said.