Heritage falls short in title game to Hopewell, 20-14
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WSET) - In less than 30 seconds, the Hopewell Blue Devils blew their game with Heritage open, and the Pioneers never fully recovered.
A 14-point spurt gave Hopewell a 20-0 halftime lead, then hung on to upset Heritage, 20-14, for their first Class 3 title since 2003.
Football Friday Player of the Year Elijah Davis ran for 105 yards the first half but the Pioneers had no points to show for it. The Blue Devils led just 6-0 until the final 30 seconds of the half when Greg Cuffey hit Sean Wood-Allen with a 51-yard TD to make it 13-0. Trying to answer, Heritage quarterback Jabari Blake was then picked off by Reizon Murphy who goes untouched 45 yards, Heritage down 20-0 at the half. Heritage head coach Brad Bradley commented on the first half miscues, saying "We just made too many mistakes in the first half, we didn't play like we were capable of playing in the first half and that's my job."
The Pioneers stormed back in the third, Davis' 80-yard romp set up a Jabari Blake score, with number 11 finishing with a game-high 229 yards. On the next drive, Blake's 36-yard connection with Kevin Moss set up a Davis 3-yard TD, it's 20-14 late third quarter. Fans and players experienced a bizarre moment in the fourth when a siren went off, and fans were told to leave the field immediately, someone apparently set off a smoke alarm.
When action resumed, Hopewell found itself with a 4th and 15, with time winding down, but the Devils converted on a long, acrobatic pass-and-catch to seal the win.
Brad Bradley, Heritage Head Coach - "The worst part about this is not losing the football game, the worst part about this is not getting to coach these football players, these seniors next week."
Elijah Davis, Pioneers Sr. RB (229 yards in finale) "We came out and started playing Heritage football, I mean we just, we were playing our game and we just didn't get it done."