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Wilson Memorial Falls To Goochland In State Semifinals

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The Goochland football team ended Wilson Memorial's season in the Group A, Division 2 state semifinals for the second year in a row, as the Hornets lost 35-0 Saturday in Fishersville.

The Bulldogs also won 47-21 last year in Goochland.

Wilson Memorial trailed 28-0 at halftime Saturday, as the Bulldogs scored twice through the air, and twice on defense.

Nathan Mattox returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown, and Connor Saunders added an interception return for a touchdown with under a minute to play in the half.

The Hornets dominated time of possession in the 3rd quarter, but were unable to come away with any points.

Senior linebacker Ricky Hanger says, "Last year we won the first playoff game that this school has ever won.  We're definitely an underdog in every game we go into, it doesn't matter what our record is.  We proved a point this year.  We've proven a point.  Wilson football is coming back next year, stronger than ever."

Head coach Jeremiah Major adds, "I'm so happy for my guys.  I love my guys.  They're like my kids.  They gave me all they had, and that's all I can ask.  This is a great senior class.  It's a great bunch of guys.  They've been in the program a long time, and they put their time in.  They did a great job."

The Hornets made the semifinals in back to back seasons, after the program had never won a playoff game before last years run to the Final Four.

Hanger says, "The past two seasons have been unreal for this school, and this community, and as a player. It's given us a chance to step up and be leaders. I'm proud of all the brothers, each and every one of them."

Senior running back Malik Rucks says, "We accomplished a lot. We went 12-1, and we had more heart, and we struggled, and we bent, but we didn't break. You lose some, you win some, and this was a loss."

Wilson Memorial finishes the season with record of 12-2.

Goochland will play Essex for the state championship Saturday at 4pm at Salem City Stadium.

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