Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) took the field Saturday without star defensive tackle Korren Kirven , who suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the Division 3 state semifinal against Cave Spring. Thanks to a total team effort, the Bees persevered without one of its top players to capture a 34-33 win over high-powered James Monroe in the Division 3 state championship.
The Bees burst out to a 17-0 first quarter lead, capitalizing on great field position thanks to two James Monroe turnovers and a poor punt. The Yellow Jackets put together a solid drive to cut the lead to 10 before senior Mark Boyd’s 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown gave Brookville a 24-7 lead.
Ahead 24-14 with less than two minutes remaining in the second, Brookville went to the air in hopes of getting another score before half. 6’3″, 220-pound junior defensive end Roy Robinson had other ideas, snagging junior quarterback Kendall BeCraft’s attempted swing pass with one hand for what would be one of the game’s biggest plays. BeCraft managed to make the tackle before Robinson could score, but James Monroe would punch it in just a few plays later.
Brookville led James Monroe at the half, 24-20.
The Yellow Jackets kept up the momentum in the third quarter, scoring two more touchdowns to grab a 33-24 lead. The first touchdown came on a beautiful 33-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback DeMontaz Brown, who made the throw several plays after James Monroe recovered a pooch on-side kick to start the second half.
Brookville desperately needed a score when BeCraft hit Boyd for a 55-yard touchdown pass late in the third. The junior signal caller threw a 15-to-20 yard strike to the speedy senior, who took care of the rest. The extra point cut the deficit to two, 33-31, setting the stage for what would be an intense fourth quarter.
Neither offense could really get going in the fourth. But in the final minutes, Brookville came through with a gutsy drive that included two fourth down conversions. BeCraft ran a quarterback sneak to convert a 4th-and-short and connected with senior wide receiver Guy Morris for a 14-yard completion on 4th-and-9. Senior running back Michael Carwile came through for 22 rushing yards on that final drive, helping to set up a 27-yard field goal attempt by sophomore place-kicker Alan...
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