St. Stephen's/St. Agnes was denied the first football title in school history last night at Fluvanna High School, falling 48-24 to Fork Union in the Virginia Independent School Football Association championship game. The title was the fifth straight for the Blue Devils (10-2).
The Saints (7-4) were led--as they have been all year--by senior running back Sean Washington, who had 206 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. But the night belonged to Blue Devils running back Chris Perry, who had 377 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries.
Though the Saints were able to move the ball and took a 7-0 lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass from senior Billy Schweitzer, the Alexandria school was undone by three fumbles and an interception.
"The game was a lot closer than the score indicated," Saints Coach Gary Schnell said. "We had several key turnovers inside their 20-yard line, but [Fork Union] is a very good football team."
Perry scored on runs of 9, 25, 76, 50 and 20 yards.
Schweitzer completed 15 of 25 passes for 150 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Saints' seven wins this season are their most since 1986.
* MADISON COUNTY 27, BRENTSVILLE 12: Madison County senior running back Raymond Kirkley rushed for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, as the Mountaineers wore down the visiting Tigers in the Virginia A Region B Division 2 final.
Kirkley, Madison's all-time leading rusher, went over the 5,000-yard mark for his career. His 67-yard run early in the final period broke a 6-6 tie and helped the Mountaineers (9-3) advance to the Division 2 state semifinals.
Senior wide receiver Juan Brown, Madison's career receiving leader, put the game away with a pair of touchdowns against a Tigers team that uses six two-way players. Brentsville (8-4) scored on two touchdown passes from junior quarterback Chris Jenkins to wide receiver Rodney Ross.
-- Josh Leventhal