On a cold and blustery night in Virginia, Arbutus Big Red owner George Kendrick and his team had a bitter ending to its semipro season when they lost the Mason Dixon League championship game, 21-16, to the Northern Neck Rivermen on a Hail Mary pass with 1:02 left.
Kendrick, who said he would continue to own the team, but not watch or coach from the sidelines, missed most of the game because he got knocked over on the sidelines.
"I got blindsided and spent the rest of the second and third quarters on the bus," he said.
Tim Fobbs intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown and Ray Gambril rushed for a touchdown for the Big Red.
Ryan McGowan added a 35-yard field goal for the 11-4 Big Red squad.
The defense was led by linebacker Brendon Twilley.
The Rivermen scored the game-winning touchdown on a 45-yard pass.
"Sometimes the prevent defense prevents you from winning," Kendrick said.
Kendrick, whose squad knocked off top-seeded and previously undefeated Virginia Crusaders a week earlier, praised the Big Red fans who supported the squad all season.
"Fans were with us all the way," said Kendrick, who noted over 30 fans made the trek to Colonial Beach.
He also praised his squad that was gunning for its fifth overall championship and second in three years.
"Only two teams got there and we were one of them," Kendrick said.
Arbutus coaches Ulander Giles and Jimmy Lewis and former Big Red standout linebacker Kevin Moore were inducted into the Mason Dixon Football League Hall of Fame.