Mechanicsville, VA (WWBT)- After upsetting Atlee last Friday night, Lee-Davis took the field looking to make it two in a row over the Raiders. The circumstances were a little different this time around, as this match-up marked a Central Region semifinal and took place on Atlee's home field. After two overtimes and 77 total points, the Raiders held off the fourth seeded Confederates, 42-35.
The Confederates came out firing and looking like they very well could make it two in a row against the Raiders. Senior quarterback Israel Vaughan led Lee-Davis to a fast start that saw it open up the lead to 21-7. Ruben Rucker scored a rushing touchdown for Atlee in the final Raiders play of the second half, trimming the lead to 21-14, but the third quarter saw Vaughan hit Jeff Cline for a nine yard touchdown strike to open up the advantage to 28-14.
That's when Atlee took control. The spark came late in the third quarter, when wide receiver Shaquille Williams took the handoff on a reverse and took it 44 yards deep into Lee-Davis territory, setting up a Jared Hall score to cut it to 28-21. In the fourth quarter, Kenner Berry hit Williams in the endzone to tie the score at 28 with nine minutes to play in regulation. Both teams would try and put together drives, but neither could find the scoreboard, forcing overtime.
Vaughan scored for the Confederates on the first OT series, but Berry found Williams again, who stretched for the pylon and scored the touchdown to tie the game at 35. The second overtime would see Berry score on a quarterback keeper to give Atlee the 42-35 lead, meaning Lee-Davis would need to score on its possession in order to keep the game going. Vaughan took the snap and fired toward the endzone, but Thomas Pulisic came away with the interception, clinching the victory for the Raiders.
Berry took over for Rucker in the second half, when Rucker left with an injury to his throwing hand. An assistant coach informed NBC12 that Rucker's hand is possibly broken.
Atlee moves on to face Hanover in the Division 5 Central Region championship, which will take place on the Raiders' home field Friday at 7:30 pm. This is a rematch of a regular season match-up that saw the two rivals battle in a close game, with Atlee winning, 24-14.