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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Saturday’s game stories
JM OVERCOMES TOP SEED
JAMES CITY—James Monroe coach Rich Serbay brought a little “Maury Magic” with him for Saturday’s 4A state quarterfinal against Lafayette. Apparently the handful of dirt Serbay said he carried from the Yellow Jackets’ home stadium is just as potent as it is in Fredericksburg, because JM played like a charmed team.
JM cornerback Ta’Von Lucas broke up a fourth-down overtime pass and James Monroe—led by quarterback Jay Scroggins’ fourth-quarter heroics—is in the state’s final four with a thrilling 34–28 win against Lafayette. The Jackets (9–4) will play at Heritage of Lynchburg next weekend, seeking a third straight state finals berth, this one perhaps the most unlikely of all.
WOLVERINES REACH SEMIS
With four minutes left in Saturday’s 5A state quarterfinal game at Massaponax, North Stafford running back Von Purvis lay on the ground clutching his leg.
Cramps had been hampering the Wolverines’ star running back for much of the fourth quarter. But on North Stafford’s next possession, the hard-running senior returned to the lineup and carried the ball one final time for 24 yards.
Those last yards gave him 199 for the game to go along with three touchdown runs and a touchdown pass reception, as the Wolverines posted a hard-earned 42–21 victory.
SIDEBAR: SEASON’S END STUNS PANTHERS
No matter who came out on top of the Group 5A state quarterfinal between Massaponax and North Stafford Saturday afternoon, one team with high expectations would leave bitterly disappointed.
That squad turned out to be Massaponax at the end of a 42–21 defeat.
The Panthers (12–1) had won 12 straight games and were feeling like they had the talent, experience and chemistry to earn the school’s first state championship.