Purcellville, VA (November 28, 2016) – There’s a saying in football that offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships, and special teams, well, they are special in regards to determining the fate of a game. On a chilly Friday, November 25th evening, the Dominion Titans showed just how much special teams impacts a game by upsetting the #1 seeded Woodgrove Wolverines by the score 30-23 in a VHSL Region 4A semi-final playoff match-up.
Despite big plays by the offenses, and bone jarring hits by the defenses, the game was essentially decided by special teams play, fortunately for the Titans, they made more of them. A missed extra point by the Wolverines opened the door for a memorable finish. After Wolverine kicker Cameron Gieseman hit a 31-yard field goal to give his squad a 23-21 point lead with a little less than 3-minutes to play, the Titans responded in kind when kicker Ramon Blas drilled a 31-yarder to give his team a 24-23 point lead with a minute left in the game.
Not to be deterred, on the second to last play from scrimmage, Wolverines quarterback Mike Kovich connected with Mason Gryniuk to set-up a 42-yard field goal attempt with seconds to spare.
After a bad snap was handled by Kovich, and 2015 All-State kicker Gieseman took aim and prepared to launch the game winning kick, it was the Titans’ playmaker Vashon McCants that took flight, blocked the kick, and recorded what could arguably have been the biggest play in Dominion football history. Titans’ Billy Walker scooped up the ball and raced to the end zone where he was met by throngs of teammates and an emptied visiting team cheering section.
Viva Loudoun photographer Aaron Wyche was on hand to cover the action and posted this gallery with 487 images. Keep an eye out for the full-recap of the Viva Loudoun: 3rd Playoff Top Ticket of the Week article by Jason Rufner.
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