Salem pulls away from Louisa for third straight title, 43-22

Salem pulls away from Louisa for third straight title, 43-22

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WSET) - Fans of the Salem Spartans had some tension entering the 4th quarter of their title game against Louisa County on Sunday. The Lions had pulled within 6, 28-22, entering the final quarter of play.

But past opponents know the 4th quarter is when the Spartans thrive.

Stephen Magenbauer's team did just that, scoring 2 touchdowns in the fourth, while stifling the Lions offense, to pull away with a 43-22 win, and a third straight state championship. After the game, Magenbauer couldn't help but heap praise on his players, saying "For them to do it three times, you know, they'll never know how impressed I am with them and how I wish I could be like them when I was their age. You know they're just mentally tough, they play for each other and they do things the right way."

Leading 21-6 early in the third, Salem added to its lead, when quarterback Jack Gladden hit Joseph Quinn for a 12-yard score to make it 28-6 Spartans. The Lions (14-1) stormed back with two touchdowns in less than three minutes, and suddenly, it was anybody's game heading to the fourth, with Salem's lead sliced to 28-22.

But senior running back De'Angelo Ramsey put the game away, breaking loose on a 79-yard jaunt with just less than five minutes left to run the lead back to 14. Tae Hale added an insurance TD late to seal the win.

Ramsey finished his last game as a high school player with 262 yards rushing, and said afterwards "It was cool to see like everybody having a good time after the game. So it means a lot to me." Nick Wade added a 45 interception return for a touchdown, and says "To me, that's the only way to go out. I mean it's the best feeling. Couldn't have wrote it better."

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