Notes From The VHSL Division 4 State Title

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A resilient Christiansburg (VA) squad fell just short in its comeback attempt in last Saturday’s Division 4 state championship game against Briar Woods, but the Blue Demons, led by Virginia Tech-bound quarterback Brenden Motley , certainly made the final few minutes exciting for those in attendance at Liberty University’s Williams Stadium.

Game Summary

When the two teams took to the field on Saturday, I have to admit I thought it would be a long day for Christiansburg. Briar Woods trotted out bigger players and a deeper team, and their athletes, led by Stanford-bound senior defensive back/wide receiver Alex Carter, looked impressive as well.

Christiansburg didn’t back down an inch. In fact, the Blue Demons struck first when senior running back Zach Snell bounced a handoff outside and sprinted down the sidelines for a 73-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Briar Woods answered with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Trace McSorley to the aforementioned Carter, and another McSorley touchdown pass gave the Falcons a 14-6 lead with 8.8 seconds left in the second quarter.

The last play of the half produced one of the game’s most exciting moments. From his own 31 yard line, Tech-bound quarterback Brenden Motley heaved the ball deep downfield. Carter had an interception in his grasp before Christiansburg receiver Zach Davis knocked the ball away and into the hands of teammate Kevin Thompson, who sprinted into the end-zone from there. The extra point pulled the Blue Demons to within one point at the half, 14-13.

Briar Woods seized control in the third quarter, scoring on its first two possessions. Junior tailback Cory Colder, who rushed 27 times for 186 yards and a touchdown on the night, scampered 34 yards for what would be the Falcons’ final score. Heading into the fourth, the Falcons led the Blue Demons by a score of 28-13.

The game was seemingly decided before Christiansburg staged a late fourth quarter rally. With just 3:04 remaining, Snell capped off a gutsy Blue Demons drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. The drive included two fourth down conversions, including a 16-yard pass from Motley to Thompson on a 4th-and-10.

On Briar Woods’ ensuing drive, Motley came up with a