Goochland, VA (WWBT)- Goochland and Amelia definitely saved the best for last. Both teams coming into Friday night's regular season finale with 9-0 records and looking for a James River District title, as well as the Eastern Region's top seed.
While both boasted offenses that eclipsed 40 points per game, defense would prove to be the difference in the contest, as Goochland was able to capitalize on a few Amelia mistakes to earn the 8-6 win. The Raiders fumbled the ball on their first possession, which Goochland recovered, turning it into three points on a Colby Cooke 36 yard field goal. The second quarter saw a snap sail over Amelia punter Justin Evans' head and out the back of the endzone, giving the Bulldogs two more points, and they took that 5-0 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Goochland again took a turnover a turned it into points. Mason Engel picked off an A.J. Royal pass and returned it into Amelia territory, where Cooke would later convert on a 27 yard field goal, extending the Goochland lead to 8-0. The fourth quarter is where the action got closer. Royal rushed for a touchdown, but the Raiders could not convert on their two points conversion try, leaving the score at 8-6. Amelia would get the ball back and things looked promising as the Raiders put together a drive. Royal hit Taylor Ward over the middle and he carried it deep into the red zone, but the Bulldogs forced a fumble and recovered with 22 seconds remaining in regulation, clinching the game for Goochland.
The Bulldogs finish the regular season 10-0, claim the James River District championship and earn the top seed in the Eastern Region. They'll host a playoff game next week.