After trailing by 14 with only a quarter left to play, No. 6 Liberty got within a point of tying Harrisonburg on running back Justin Carrington's three-yard run with under a minute to go, and appeared headed to overtime.
But the Blue Streaks' Patrick Ward broke through the right side of the Eagles' offensive line, blocking Steve Malik's extra-point attempt and lifting Harrisonburg (10-1) to a 28-27 win in the Virginia AA Division 4 Region II semifinals last night in Bealeton.
Liberty's season ended at 10-1.
In a Fog
Long stretches of AAA Northwestern Region Division 5 semifinal between Colonial Forge and Massaponax were played in a dense fog that made the opposing sidelines invisible to one another. It was one of many games in the area that were tough on the spectators, including games between Harrisonburg and Liberty, Potomac and North Stafford and Central-Woodstock and Manassas Park.
In Fredericksburg, Colonial Forge and host Massaponax played most of the second half in thick fog, but it didn't seem to bother the host Panthers, who had three interceptions in the half and won, 28-0.
"It's not a big deal," Massaponax senior Jason Lovett said. "This is football, and you play football in anything."
Good Samaritan Bowl
Top football recruits from the Washington and Baltimore areas will have a chance to play in a new senior all-star game next summer, the Good Samaritan Bowl, scheduled for June 11 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
The Super 44 South Team comprises players from the District, Northern Virginia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties, and will face the Super 44 North Team, which will have players from Baltimore, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Calvert and Howard counties.
Proceeds from the game will benefit the Good Samaritan Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by former Washington Redskins Art Monk and Charles Mann.
-- Charlie Moss, Sean P. Flynn
and Tarik El-Bashir