VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Robert Jackson says, “We don’t ever let them forget it.” The head coach of the Salem High School football team is referring to a cold, muddy day in late november a season ago.
His Sun Devils led L.C. Bird 3-0 with just over three minutes left in the game. A win would’ve sent them to the state championship game.
After two failed stops on fourth down, the Sun Devils allowed a rushing touchdown, and eventually fell to the eventual state champions 7-3.
“That’s a game I’ll never forget,” says Salem senior David Davis, “Thinking about it makes me want to cry sometimes.”
True to his word, Jackson’s Sun Devils have never forgotten that game, and have played their way to a 8-1 record in 2014, their only loss coming to Landstown. “I think we have a hard-working, scrappy little bunch (this season),” said Jackson.
This week, Salem has a chance to right what they feel is another wrong.
They’ll face Virginia Beach rival Ocean Lakes, who’s also ranked among the nation’s top 15 teams. Last season, the Sun Devils lead the Dolphins 17-0 before eventually losing that game as well.
“I’ve been waiting for this game since last season,” said senior LaTony Davis. Interestingly enough, the Sun Devils come into this game with one of the best defenses at the beach. In their eight wins, they haven’t allowed more than 17 points.
They’ll put that defense to the test on Friday, when they face one of the best offenses in the country, led by future Arizona State University Sun Devil Jason Lewis.