SALEM, Va. — Darren Hays missed an extra point in overtime Saturday, and Giles beat Brunswick 20-19 to win the VHSL’s 2A state football championship.
Hays’ first point after sailed through the crossbars, seemingly tying the game at 20-all and forcing a second overtime at Salem Stadium, but a false start penalty forced him to back up 5 yards and do it again.
Giles (15-0) tied the game at 13 with one second left in regulation when Tyler Perdue hit Dakota Shrader from 14 yards out in the end zone. The extra period was required when Bret Whitlow then missed the extra point.
In overtime, Giles went ahead 20-13 on a 2-yard run by Brian Mann and Whitlow’s PAT.
The Bulldogs (12-3), seeking their first state championship, got a 9-yard scoring pass from Darren Owens to Quantrel Hardy, making the extra point the only thing standing between Brunswick and a second overtime.
1A: Altavista 21, Essex 0
SALEM, Va. — Juan Thornhill threw a touchdown pass and Destin Brown and Clydale Moon ran for scores, lifting Altavista over Essex in the 1A championship game at Salem Stadium.
The Colonels (14-1) intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble to win their first state title since 2009.
Essex (13-2) turned over the ball on its first two offensive plays, the latter setting up Thornhill’s 19-yard scoring pass to Demitre Maulbeck.
The Trojans managed just 56 yards of offense and finished as the runner-up for the second consecutive season.
Essex stopped the Colonels after Dominek Broaddus’ pass was intercepted and returned to the 9-yard line on the Trojans’ first offensive play. Essex stuffed Thornhill on fourth down, but after DaJour Ashlock caught a pass, he fumbled and Altavista recovered at the 16-yard line.
Thornhill’s TD pass made it 7-0 with 8:50 left in the first quarter.
3A: Northside 24, James Monroe 10
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Dom Dunnaville ran for three touchdowns and Northside played stout defense to beat James Monroe in the 3A championship game at Liberty University.
Dunnaville scored on runs of 6, 1 and 9 yards and Zach Large added a 37-yard field goal for Northside (13-1), which won its second state title in five seasons.
James Monroe (10-5) lost in the title game for the third consecutive season. Its lone touchdown came on a 12-yard pass from Jay Croggins to Calvin Kennedy with 8:05 to play.