YORK, Va. — So much for Briar Woods’s slow starts. The Falcons jumped on Grafton early on and didn’t let up throughout a 31-0 victory Saturday at Bailey Field to move to within a game of a second straight state title.
Cory Colder scored two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter for the Falcons (13-1), who won their 13th straight game. Briar Woods will meet Christiansburg, 35-0 winners over Broadway, for the Group AA, Division 4 title Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Liberty University’s Williams Stadium in Lynchburg.
“It’s exciting, especially with me being a senior,” Falcons wide receiver-defensive back Alex Carter said. “I’m looking forward to us all having a great week of practice, and then going out and playing our best game ever.”
Carter, the Gatorade state player of the year who has orally committed to Stanford, made one of the game’s defining plays with his leaping interception in the end zone midway through the second quarter.
By then, however, the Clippers were already in deep trouble against a Falcons team that came out determined to avoid playing from behind again. Briar Woods had trailed after the first quarter in their previous two playoff games.
“We talked about it all week — let’s not wait around this time,” Carter said.
The Falcons took the opening kickoff and promptly marched 80 yards for a touchdown in just seven plays. Colder completed the drive by bouncing off a Grafton tackler on second and one and racing 37 yards for a touchdown.
“I have no clue what happened,” Colder said. “I felt the guy going for the strip, and the next thing I knew I was in the clear.”
The Falcons struck again on their next possession. After repeatedly burning the Clippers with quick passes in the flat, Briar Woods quarterback Trace McSorley finally looked downfield and found Colder wide open for a 17-yard scoring play.
McSorley completed nine of his first 10 passes , to six different receivers.
David Clements added a 37-yard field goal late in the first half to send the Falcons into the break up 17-0.
Colder, who finished the game with 120 rushing yards, produced his third touchdown on a five-yard run late in the third quarter, and Connor Cashman’s four-yard scoring run with three minutes remaining capped the scoring.