CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Blacksburg and Pulaski County met back in early October with the Bruins pulling out a 21-14 win in a turnover plagued ballgame. The pair met again with a lot more at stake on the rug at Christiansburg Friday.
The last time these two teams met, it was a good one. Pulaski County scored on its first play of the game, but the Cougars couldn't get their offense rolling in the second half, and Blacksburg pulled it out to stay undefeated. Cougars had one more try Fridayt to spoil the Bruins' quest for perfection..
Temperatures in the 30s, but tensions were red hot between these New River Rivals.
In the first possession for Blacksburg, Grant Johnston has to do some dancing in the pocket. He breaks out to his right, and finally lets one loose. Tiquest Terry was back after missing four games with a broken hand. He takes it to the house, and the UVA commit puts the Bruins up 7-0.
Later in the quarter, Pulaski has it in Bruins territory, and Kade Akers looking deep for the end zone. He is.picked off by Brian Mitchell. That's not the last you'll see of him.
Second quarter, Bruins had a 4th and 1 and in the WIldcat formation, Mitchell keeps it and pushes ahead to convert the first down.
Johnston hands it to Mitchell on a more conventional run. He dives for the goal line, touchdown Bruins. Blacksburg takes a 14-0 lead into halftime.
Hard to do anything more than what Mitchell's already done, right? Well Akers goes deep, trying to get the Cougars back in it...and would you believe it? Mitchell with ANOTHER interception...this time he takes it all the way back...third touchdown of the game...Blacksburg takes a commanding 28-0 lead.
Akers, trying desperately to will his team back in it runs one in to make cut it to 28-7.
Not much celebrating, still a lot of work to do...in the fourth, Akers again gonna roll out to his left and dives for the marker, and once again, he's in for the score.
Pulaski would recover one onside kick and score again to make it a 7-point game. And then later with one more try, the Cougars recover. So Pulaski has the ball, around 2 minutes left, down a touchdown.
It reaches 4th and 2. They hand it off, and it's going to come down to the spot. It came up a short, and that'll do it for Pulaski.
Blacksburg hangs on for dear life and defeats Pulaski County 28-21.