Boys Varsity Football
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Nov 11, 2016
- SEAHAWKS: 55
RESTON, VA. — Just like last year, South Lakes defeated Oakton to advance to the second round of the 6A North Region playoffs. But unlike last season, this first-round game wasn’t close.
Thanks to an explosive offense and a resilient defense, the No. 4 seed Seahawks blew out the No. 13 seed Cougars 55-14. South Lakes will now host fifth-seeded Centreville on Friday, November 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.
“I expected a closer game,” Coach Trey Taylor said. (Last year, South Lakes came back to beat Oakton 35-28 after falling behind 14-7 in the second quarter.) “We just got some big plays, and on defense, we stepped up in the red zone, where it matters most. It’s kind of what we’ve done all year.”
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two teams was quarterback play. While Oakton had a speedy running back weapon in senior track star Elias Lindsey (16 carries for 177 yards and two touchdowns), sophomore Ahmad Shaw had trouble connecting with his receivers, completing just three of 12 passes for 19 yards (the Cougars lost starting quarterback Paul Campo early in the season due to injury). Meanwhile Shaw’s counterpart, junior Devin Miles, played one of his best games of the year. Miles was a master at the read-option, making great decisions all night on whether to keep the ball in the belly of bruising back Albert Mensah, or pull it and scamper up the middle through the big Oakton bodies. Miles rushed 10 times for 67 yards and three touchdowns. He also showed an accurate passing touch, completing nine of 10 passes for 174 yards—including a 55-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Spencer Alston. Alston also scored on a 62-yard reverse and finished with 189 total yards (98 rushing, 91 receiving). He averaged 15.8 yards per touch, while Mensah rushed 16 times for 216 yards (13.5 yards per carry) and two scores. Defensively, Justin May led the way with five tackles.
“If you have enough weapons out there, you want to use them all,” Coach Taylor said. “If we become one-faceted, it’s easier to defend us. We don’t have the size on the line so we have to take advantage of the weapons we have.”
With the win, South Lakes improved to 10-1. The Seahawks—ranked No. 13 in the Washington Post All-Met Top 20—will now face a Centreville, a school that played in consecutive state championship games in 2013-14 and won it all in 2013. Coached by Chris Haddock, the Wildcats (9-2) are coming off a 57-0 win over Mount Vernon and are led by senior quarterback Jameel Siler, senior fullback Julian Garrett, and senior wide receiver/defensive end Caleb Brooks, who has attracted Division I interest. Brooks’ brother, Christian, plays for the University of Virginia.
“The Wildcats play a Wing T, and they are going to be physical,” Coach Taylor said. “It’s going to be a test. I haven’t coached against them since the year they won the state (2013) when I was at South County. We were beating them in the first half and they came back in the second half. If we’re going to play Thanksgiving Saturday, we need to take care of business this week.”
Last year the Seahawks also advanced to the second round of the playoffs, but lost at eventual state champion Westfield 24-13—after leading 13-10 in the fourth quarter. But this year’s South Lakes team is more experienced and versatile—and this time, they’re playing at home.