Blue Demons edge Blacksburg; host Bassett in regional Friday
A large crowd turned out at Bill Brown Stadium last Friday night to watch the regular-season finale between cross-county rivals Christiansburg and Blacksburg. As expected, the fans got their money’s worth again this year in the battle for the county bragging rights, which belong to the Blue Demons this year.
Coming into the game, Christiansburg (7-3, 2-3 RRD) already had a spot locked up in postseason play. Blacksburg (3-7, 1-4 RRD) needed to beat the Blue Demons in order to extend their season by another week.
Fans may remember last season, when Christiansburg rolled into Bill Brown Stadium needing a win to make the playoffs and appeared to have the game in the bag. However, a late fourth quarter touchdown by the Bruins, gave Blacksburg a stunning win and sent the Blue Demons back home to prepair for basketball season.
This year’s game saw the tables turn, as Christiansburg’s Patrick Rasnake nailed a 43-yard field goal with under three minutes left in the game, after a Bruin fumble deep in Blacksburg’s territory, to give the Blue Demons a 17-14 win to end the Bruins’ hopes of playing another week.
Cameron Anderson gave Blacksburg a 6-0 lead in the second quarter. However, Rasnake cut the deficit in half, 6-3, with a 37-yard field goal right before the half.
A 40-yard field goal by Rasnake in the third quarter tied the game at 6-all heading into the pivotal fourth quarter.
The Blue Demons broke out on top with a 30-yard scoring strike from Brenden Motley to Josh Winkle to take a 14-6 lead. The Bruins would come right back and tie the game when Anderson scored from 21-yards out and then convert the two-point conversion play to tie the game at 14-14. Thus setting up the exciting ending.
Greg Lee led Christiansburg with 60 yards rushing, while Blacksburg’s Cameron Anderson finished with 198 yards.
Christiansburg, the # 3 seed in the Region IV, Division 4 playoffs will host #6 Bassett (4-6) this Friday night. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Blue Demons played Basset back in the third game of the regular season. In that contest, Christiansburg held the Bengals to a minus-five yards in offense.
Meanwhile, seven different players scored, as the Blue Demons cruised to an easy 49-0 victory. Bassett fell to Piedmont District champion Magna Vista 22-14 last Friday night.