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Dominion falls to Salem in 4A West Region title game

Senior Vashon McCants returned an interception for a score and tossed a pair of touchdown passes in Dominion’s 38-22 loss to Salem.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Rick Wasser
The best season in the 13-year history of Dominion High School's football program concluded Dec. 3 in the 4A West Region championship game.

After Dominion struck first on senior Vashon McCants' 86-yard interception return, Salem reeled off 28 straight points on its way to a 38-22 victory at Salem Stadium.

Dominion's offense - held out of the end zone through three quarters - produced a pair of long touchdown plays in the fourth quarter to narrow the final margin.

McCants connected with junior George Richardson on a 36-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth and McCants hit senior Tyrell Eskridge on an 82-yard pass for the game's final touchdown.

Senior quarterback Noah Beckley and junior receiver Viante Tucker hooked up for three touchdowns in the win for Salem (12-1). Beckley finished with four scoring passes overall.

Salem, the reigning 4A state champions, advances to the Virginia 4A state championship game Dec. 10 at William & Mary.

Dominion (10-3) entered the 4A West title game on an eight-game winning streak - highlighted by a 30-23 victory against top seed Woodgrove in the regional semifinals.

Salem 38, Dominion 22

-First Quarter
D: McCants 86 interception return (Blas kick)
S: Tucker 61 pass from Beckley (Craft kick)

-Second Quarter
S: Pinello 15 pass from Beckley (Craft kick)
S: Tucker 9 pass from Beckley (Craft kick)

-Third Quarter
S: Fox 1 run (Craft kick)

-Fourth Quarter
D: Richardson 36 pass from McCants (Blas kick)
S: Tucker 42 pass from Beckley (Craft kick)
S: Craft 43 field goal
D: Eskridge 82 pass from McCants (Karlan catch)

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