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Blacksburg wins defensive battle over Staunton River, 28-20, for 3A State Championship

Blacksburg coach Thad Wells holds the 3A Championship trophy in his hands, after the Bruins defeated Staunton River, 28-20, for the school's first title since 1989. (Photo: WSET Sports)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WSET) - It wasn't the scoring bonanza most expected this afternoon in the 3A State Championship Game in Williamsburg.

Instead, Staunton River and Blacksburg threw everything they had at each other, in a thriller to remember. The Bruins came out on top, 28-20, to win their third state championship in school history, and their first since 1989.

The Golden Eagles lit up the board first, Kalip Jones up the middle, 15 yards, add the 2-point PAT, 8-0 Staunton River. The Bruins answered, Grant Johnston finds Thomas Coffey,31 yards, Blacksburg pulls within 8-7. The Golden Eagles, though, score before the half, Jones to TJ Tester, 14-7 Staunton River at the break.

Third quarter, Bruins strike in the air again, Johnston to Tiquest Terry, we're tied at 14.The Bruins defense did something noone has done lately, stop the Wing. The Eagles were forced to pass and Terry makes a big pick with five minutes left. Blacksburg built a 28-14 lead. Staunton River's Grayson Overstreet cut it to 28-20. On the final drive, the Eagles got to midfield, before an interception sealed the victory for the Bruins.

Blacksburg (10-5) senior Tiquest Terry finished with 4 catches for 116 yards with a touchdown and interception, saying the Bruin defense turned the momentum in their favor with the late turnovers, saying "They normally score so many points. We thought we knew we had to do something right then to stop the momentum." 2nd year Blacksburg coach Thad Wells agreed, saying "And to hold them to 20 points, we didn't know if we could do that, but we hoping to stay under 40 and score more."

For Staunton River (13-2), the loss was a bitter end to an historic season in Moneta. ABC-13 Football Friday Player of the Year Grayson Overstreet finished the game with 20 carries, 109 yards, and a touchdown, and tearfully admitted "You know, we were blessed in many ways to make it as far as we did. But that's a good football team and they beat us."

Although the year didn't end the way the "Fear the Wing" contingent would have hoped, Staunton River coach Chuck Poston says his players have nothing to be ashamed of, saying "I'm real proud of our defense and the way we played. I'm proud of the way we played as a team. We just unfortunately came up a little bit short and you can't afford to do that on Championship Day."

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