Jayvee Squad Holds On For Win Over Fork Union
Hokies win 21-20 after failed two-point conversion by FUMA late
October 16, 2003

BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech jayvee football team concluded its season with an exciting 21-20 win over Fork Union Military Academy Thursday afternoon at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. With the win, the Hokies move to 1-1 while Fork Union drops to 5-3.

Tech led 21-0 after two touchdowns from John Candelas and an interception return for a score by Chad Grimm, but the Blue Devils fought back on three long pass plays to make it interesting. Trailing 21-14 late in the game, Fork Union's Wayne Hunter rolled right and threw a ball up for grabs. After several Hokies tipped it, FUMA's Trey Lewis caught it and raced to the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown play with nine seconds left. Now trailing 21-20, Fork Union opted to go for the win, but Hunter's pass on the two-point conversion went incomplete and Tech held on for the win.

Candelas led the way for Tech on offense, carrying the ball 29 times for 143 yards and two scores. His first touchdown came on 20-yard run. His second score was a 1-yard score to make it 14-0. Grimm made it 21-0 in the second quarter when he picked off a Shea Boyd pass and returned it 27 yards for the score.

Fork Union made it 21-8 heading into the half when Hunter connected with Lewis for an 18-yard scoring pass. Hunter ran the ball in for the two-point conversion.

Hunter brought the Blue Devils to within seven points with 7:31 left in the game when he hit Dorien Bryant on a 65-yard scoring play. Tech's Jason Myers blocked the PAT to make it 21-14. After Tech was forced to punt with under a minute left, Fork Union took over on its own 15, and ran a couple of plays before hitting the long touchdown pass.

Lance Goff connected on 6-of-8 passes for 110 yards for Tech. Hunter connected on 7-of-11 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns for Fork Union. Kyle Booker led the ground attack for FUMA, rushing eight times for 45 yards.

Defensively, Tech was led by Myers, who had seven tackles, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. Grimm had five tackles and an interception while Maurice Sharpe had five tackles. Darrlyn Fenner had nine tackles and a sack for Fork Union.