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Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Brendan Greenaway and the Culpeper Blue Devils have earned another chance to make some more believers.
Greenaway, who also caught four passes for 65 yards, kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3 minutes 10 seconds to play to put the finishing touches on Culpeper's 10-0 victory over No. 18 Colonial Forge Friday night in a Virginia AAA Division 5 Northwestern Region semifinal in Stafford.
Culpeper (6-5), which has now advanced to six straight regional finals, will play at Stafford next week. The Indians advanced last night by eliminating Halifax.
"We've probably got the worse record of any team in the state that made the playoffs," Greenaway said. "But they have never been in a big game."
Colonial Forge (9-2), which has fielded a varsity team for only three seasons, lost the battle of field position for most of the evening. The Blue Devils, while never explosive on offense, were content to make the Eagles have to go as far as possible to set up a score.
"They would drive the ball 20 to 30 yards and then we would have to drive 70 or 80 yards," Colonial Forge Coach Karl Buckwalter said. "The ride had to end sometime. Unfortunately that was tonight."
The Eagles certainly had their chances to keep their season alive. Corey Blue appeared to put Colonial Forge ahead in the second quarter on a 78-yard reverse punt return that was negated by a penalty. And quarterback Randy Hippard, who finished with only 49-yards passing, had numerous passes dropped in the comeback effort.
There were no need for a comeback until the final quarter when Culpeper running back Derek Banks broke a 15-yard run through the left side of the line for the game's lone touchdown, just one play after the Eagles dropped a potential interception.
Nearly four minutes later, the Blue Devils drove down the Colonial Forge 6-yard line, setting up Greenaway's final points.