Saint Michael at Roanoke Catholic
The Roanoke Catholic Celtics were the 3-time defending state champs.
Friday night, Coach Bob Price and his team made their fifth consecutive appearance in a title game, taking on St. Michael the Archangel at Vinyard Park on the hunt for another trophy.
We pick this one up in the 4th quarter, Catholic up 18-15.
Celtics trying to eat up the clock on the ground, Kawuan Ray runs far sideline fighting through a whole mass of tacklers for a first down to keep the drive alive.
Then Catholic decides to go to the air, Adrian Whorley goes for his tight end Dillon Porter but it slipped through his hand and there's laundry on the field. Defensive pass interference. First down.
How about another run, it's Ray again on third down who gets the Celtics close, but we have a fourth down incoming.
Catholic keeps it on the ground but the Warrior defense comes up strong and stuffs the would-be first down for a turnover.
Time winding down now, quarterback Jalen Smith, the captain calling his own number and that speed gets St. Michael a first down.
Fast forwarding a few plays later, Smith found Melvin Spriggs for another first down, Warriors moving the ball quickly down the field.
Facing a fourth down, Smith goes to the air again and sees a wide-open Colton Bubar who takes it down to the 30.
Warriors now inside the ten-yard line, third down and the Celtics Andrew Vaught comes up huge with the tackle on Smith.
Moving to fourth down now, 15 seconds to go, state title on the line. Smith looking, looking, flushed out and sees Chase Wormley who slips the defense in the back of the endzone for the score and the state championship.
It will not be 4 in a row for Catholic as they fall 22-18.