Rose Leads Amherst Into State Title Game

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The heart and soul of Amherst’s (VA) varsity football squad, Peter Rose has totaled close to 2,500 yards passing and rushing and scored 43 total touchdowns in the 2007 season. But, while Amherst captured a state championship in 2006 and has gone undefeated to this point this season, its 6-1, 180-pound star will not be satisfied with anything less than a state championship.

“It would mean everything,” Rose said of capturing a second consecutive state championship. Amherst faces fellow unbeaten Sherando in the Group AA, Division 4 state championship game on Saturday. The game takes place at 4:30 at Liberty University.

“This is what I planned on for this year. I want this thing real bad.”

Playing with a less than 100-percent throwing shoulder – Rose suffered a bruised shoulder during practice earlier in the playoffs – he scored an astounding six touchdowns (five rushing, one passing) in leading his team to a 48-35 win over Salem in last Saturday’s state semifinal. He rushed for 262 yards on 19 carries in what was a career performance.

“Our O-line probably had its best game they have had this year,” a humble Rose said of his performance last week. “They opened up holes left and right for us. The defense was keying on our running back, which opened up a lot of lanes for me with the read option.”

Rose and company expect to face a stiff test on Saturday.

“I think this is definitely the best team we have seen on film so far,” Rose said of Sherando. “You have to respect them. Their junior quarterback (Ross Metheny) is threatening. He throws nice and runs good play-action. They have a solid team and receivers with sure hands. We’re going to have to execute well to win.”


Rose was certainly pleased to see his future team capture a championship of its own last weekend.

“I was amped up before that, but it excites me even more now to go to Virginia Tech,” Rose said of Tech capturing an ACC Championship. “Watching them on TV, they are a program I think I could get along in and fit in.”

A quarterback and safety for Amherst, Rose is being recruited by Tech’s coaches as a defensive back (cornerback or safety) or wide receiver. He will not be disappointed if he ends up on defense, but he admits that