SPOTSYLVANIA, VA., DEC. 12 -- A new high school will open two miles down the road next year, taking away many of the current Courtland High School students. But those underclassmen who will transfer to the new school helped leave behind a legacy.

Courtland sacked Marshall quarterback Lonnie Goldberg five times and held the Statesmen to 87 net yards rushing today as it won the Virginia AAA Division 5 state football championship, 21-7, before 7,000 fans at Courtland.

In their brief eight-year history, the Cougars have built a record few schools can approach. Courtland finished 13-1 and became the first school to win Virginia state football titles at both the AAA and AA level.

It was the fourth title overall for Courtland, which has been in the playoffs the past seven seasons and won three AA championships before moving up to AAA in 1986.

"We wanted to be the first team to win the AA and AAA titles," said senior offensive guard Todd Cook, who was used extensively today at defensive end for the first time all season. "That's the way we wanted to go out."

Senior quarterback J.C. Hall scored two one-yard touchdowns for the Cougars, whose population drop may reclassify them as an AA school again next year. Sophomore Bryan Culley, who rushed for 64 yards on 18 carries, scored on a one-yard run to conclude Courtland's 61-yard drive with the opening kickoff.

Division 5 Northern Region champion Marshall (12-2) had problems -- literally -- starting with the opening coin toss.

Courtland won the toss, but deferred its choice to either kick off or receive until the second half. The Statesmen, however, mistakenly chose to defend the windy side of the field on a day with 20-mph gusts.

That decision left the Cougars, the Northwest Region champions, receiving both the first half and second half kickoffs.

"We sure didn't plan it that way," said Marshall Coach Neil Callahan. "It was just a miscommunication, but sometimes, those things happen."

Courtland, which like Marshall operates out of the run-oriented wing-T offense, immediately drove for a score. The key play, a 30-yard run by Rondell Banks, gave the Cougars a first down at the Marshall 13.

Culley scored behind the blocks of center Charles Chalfant and left guard Bill Pearman.

Marshall managed only 47 net yards in the first half, but had an opportunity to score in the closing minute after Courtland had a poor snap on an attempted punt, giving the Statesmen possession at the Courtland 23. Marshall, however, fumbled on third and five at the 6 and Courtland's Clarence Washington recovered with 50 seconds left in the half.

A blocked punt by Marshall's Chris Coccaro early in the second half set up Marshall's only score, a 14-yard run by fullback Joe Swarm that cut Courtland's lead to 14-7 with 9:05 left in the third period.

The Statesmen never earned more than two consecutive first downs. Swarm, whose running has been the bulk of their offensive success, was held to 52 yards on 15 carries as Courtland's defensive front of Cook, John Hanna, John Morley, Andy Garrison and Mark Long left few holes in the middle.

"We had to stop No. 44 {Swarm} because in the wing-T, you have to stop the big back," said Courtland Coach Ken Brown, who after the game said he preferred to stay at Courtland despite rumors he would move to the new school. "We see that offense all the time in practice, but today, our kids did a super job."

Late in the game, when Marshall tried to catch up by throwing, Garrison, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior, was in on three sacks.

While many fans and players celebrated wildly afterwards,, some Courtland students gave thought to the future.

"It is very sad," said Culley, who will attend Courtland next year. "I will be playing against a lot of my teammates from this year, and we kid about what will happen when we play each other. Losing them is going to hurt us a little, but I think we will find a way to keep winning."Marshall (12-2) 0 0 7 0 7 Courtland (13-1) 7 7 0 7 21

C -- Culley 1 run (McGeehan kick)

C -- Hall 1 run (McGeehan kick)

M -- Swarm 14 run (Grande kick)

C -- Hall 1 run (McGeehan kick)