CHESAPEAKE (WAVY) – It wasn’t the prettiest game. In fact, Oscar Smith head coach Richard Morgan said his team “struggled today.” Through it all, his Tigers (13-0) are headed back to the 6A state championship game with a 21-3 win over Thomas Dale on Saturday.
“I don’t think anybody thought we’d be here except for us,” said Morgan, with his team in celebratory huddle behind him.
Tigers quarterback Shon Mitchell threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter to give his team a 14-3 advantage heading into halftime. With the Oscar Smith offense going scoreless in the third quarter, it was the Tigers’ defense that proved clutch, causing three turnovers, all on their own side of the field.
Kourtney Johnson sealed the win with a 43-yard scamper to the endzone in the fourth quarter.
“It’s just a great feeling, and we’re honored to be [in the state championship game],” said Morgan. His team, which won state championships in 2008 and 2011, will face Westfield next Saturday at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.