Northside and Lord Botetourt met in the Region 3D Final at Northside's Jim Hickam Field Friday. It was an unprecedented third meeting between the two, with each team winning at home this season.
It all came down to the rare rubber match in high school football. Lord Botetourt. Northside. Harless. Fisher.
Northside's Jalen Jackson on the carry, but spits up the football right before hitting the ground. Jake Dewease would come away with it for the Cavaliers.
However they couldn't capitalize on the turnover and would put it back to Northside.
Next Viking possession, Jackson hands off to Tyrel McEnheimer who gets around the edge then it's off to the races! He rumbles all the way down inside the 5, but a flag was down back at the line of scrimmage. Holding on Northside killed the drive.
In the second quarter, still 0-0, it's Evan Eller who will not be denied and moves the chains.
Few plays later, third down again, Hunter Rice getting the call and he pounds it in for the game's first score, 7-0 Botetourt.
Northside looking to answer, Jackson drops back, scrambles around for a bit, locks, loads and goes deep to Marqui Manns but it falls incomplete, Northside would punt away again.
LB hoping to build that lead, Eller on the keeper to his left side and he's moving the chains again for the Cavaliers to eventually set up this 24 yard Trey Rice field goal, it's good and Botetourt takes a 10-0 lead into halftime.
Scott Fisher needing his Vikings to get some momentum going but LB would stomp that out on their first drive, Cavs run the flea-flicker, Eller checking downfield but then decides to tuck it and run, great call because this would convert the 3rd and 10 and take LB down inside the 10.
Three plays later, James-Ryan Salvi hands off to Eller who floats it back to Salvi for another score! Cavaliers would take a 16-0 lead into the 4th quarter.
"I told them whether you want to be or not, you're mine. I've got to see these kids go from 11-12 years olds all the way up to now and they got great leadership and they're very mentally tough."
"It's great, it's not easy to beat a team two times and it's not easy to play a team three times and win two of them so it's great."
"Our senior class, I've never seen a group of guys that want it so bad, they just lead it. We wouldn't be able to do it without them and it's a great team effort."
So on a frigged night across the county, it was Lord Botetourt who was red hot and walked away Region 3D champs.