The division was supposed to have 6 teams but the withdrawal of a team from Florida meant that Virginia Tech only played 2 games on Saturday. In the first they beat Appalachian State 50-5, erasing memories of last years defeat at Cape Fear. Then they went on to blank UNC-Wilmington 28-0. On Sunday the Hokies played a very physical VMI side but ran out winners 33-0 - this set up a re-match with UNC-Wilmington.
With a large, partisan home crowd (and commentator) and with several additions to the side that the Hokies beat on Saturday, UNC-W looked to be a tough nut to crack. But from the kickoff, the Hokies retained the ball really well, only allowing UNC-W about 30 seconds of possession in the first half.
Andrew Haskell got on the board first, beating his man on the outisde - Paul Caron converted. Then a superb re-start from Caron allowed Virginia Tech to reclaim the ball. The Hokies recycled well, despite some intensive defense, and showed good patience which allowed David Christian to score. It was one way traffic now. From another great restart which Ryan McGrath reclaimed, the ball ended up in the hands of Louis Higgins who scored to give the Hokies a 19-0 halftime lead.
UNC-W didn't stop trying but their efforts were stifled by some strong defensive work and a desire to shut them out. Andrew Haskell then took a pass from Christian to sprint past the last defender for his 7th try of the tournament.
UNC-W never gave up and looked like scoring before the ball came loose. Carter Neal ran it back for the final score and a well deserved victory.
Final score - 29-0.
Virginia Tech also entered a team into the social division. They lost their first game on Saturday but recovered to finish the day 2-1 which meant they would play on Sunday. They narrowly lost on Sunday to an Army team that went on the Social Division final. Special thanks to Alums Steve Guiffre, Ken Fraine, Andrew Seufert and Andrew Miller who supported the under grads.
A final thank you to Kevin Hurley for organizing the logistics for the weekend.
This is the final tournament of the summer for the team. They will all meet back in Blacksburg on Monday 20th August for a weeks intensive training before the fall semester starts.