NORFOLK, VA (WWBT) -
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more bizarre ending than that of Friday night's 4A state semifinal between Monacan and Lake Taylor.
With 14 seconds remaining and Monacan up 14-12, Lake Taylor lined up to attempt a game-winning field goal. The Chiefs got hands on the kick and blocked the field goal, and raced towards the sideline to celebrate what they thought to be a berth in the state championship game. However, the ball landed and came to rest behind the line of scrimmage, meaning it was still live. Lake Taylor's Marquis Poole picked up the ball and ran it into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown, giving the Titans the 19-14 win.
Prior to that moment, Monacan had controlled the game. The Chiefs' defense forced four first half turnovers, and Syour Fludd's 17-yard screen pass to Justin Moody accounted for the only score of the first half.
Monacan would add to its lead in the third quarter, when Fludd and Le'Ron Gales hooked up for a 59-yard touchdown strike, putting the Chiefs up 14-0 with ten minutes to play in the third. Lake Taylor would charge back. The Titans got their first score on a TD pass from Shiheem Johnson to Nhyre Quinerly, and cut the lead to 14-6 after a missed two point try. Johnson would score on a quarterback keeper in the fourth to cut the score to 14-12, and the Titans marched down the field on a long drive that started at their own three yard line to set up that strange game-winning play.
Despite the loss, Monacan put together an 11-3 season, the best in program history.