Heritage claims Class 3 state championship, 24-20, over Phoebus
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - The Heritage Pioneers claimed their 2nd state championship in school history, and their first since 2002, by defeating the Phoebus Phantoms, 24-20.
Football Friday Player of the Year Jabari Blake made his final high school game count, rushing for a game high 177 yards and 3 touchdowns. 157 of Blake's yards came in the first half, including TD runs of 34 and 69 yards, respectively, to push the Pioneers (14-1) to a 17-7 halftime lead.
In the 2nd half, the Phantoms (13-2) clawed back within three points, thanks to a Chris Wallace to Barry Hargraves 62 yard pass to make it a 17-14 lead, entering the fourth quarter. But the Blake and the Pioneers continued to fight. KJ Vaughn finished with an even 100 yards rushing, highlighted by a 22 yard run early in the fourth quarter, down to the one yard line. Blake would punch it in one play later to run the lead to 24-14.
Phoebus would get a second TD pass from Wallace, who finished with 246 yards passing and 3 TD's. Just 90 seconds remained, with the Phantoms driving to the Heritage 25 yard line, when Heritage's Chris Megginson reached up for a game saving interception to seal the game for coach Brad Bradley and the wild Heritage crowd who packed Williams Stadium.
With the win, Bradley earns his 3rd state championship title, his first at Heritage. His previous two came as the coach of William Campbell in 2001 and 2002.