CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – It almost followed the same script as 2013, minus the mud-fest on the field. As was the case in that game last year, Oscar Smith running back DeShawn McClease had a huge day and the Tigers advanced past an upset-minded Colonial Forge team 32-21.
With the win, the Tigers will meet undefeated Ocean Lakes for the region championship and the right to play in the state title game; a matchup Hampton Roads has waited for for over two year.
McClease rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Tigers, who actually trailed 7-0 to start the contest before reeling off 26 unanswered points.
The Eagles managed to slim that lead to just 26-14 at halftime, but didn’t have nearly enough offense to penetrate that solid Tigers defense.
The Tigers and Dolphins will square off under the lights at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex Friday night. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm.
In 3A, Lafayette High School, with alumnus and NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor watching on the sideline, easily handled visiting Petersburg 49-8 to advance to the region title game next weekend. The Rams will meet Western Albermarle for the right to play in the state championship game.