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December 1, 2012
6:20 PM: The Ocean Lakes Dolphins are headed to Charlottesville to paly in the Group AAA Division 6 State Championship for the first time in school history. Ocean Lakes bolted out to a 21-0 half-time lead and held on for a 21-14 victory over the Northwest Region Champion C.D. Hylton Bulldogs, who finis the season at 10-3 overall. Now 14-0 overall, the Dolphins take on the winner of L.C. Bird/Oakton, which is more and more looking like the Skyhawks of L.C. Bird (score update on that and stat note in a moment).
Final Stats: (note - - unofficial)
We'll have a Full Game Recap later. Other action around the state in the AAA Semis . . .
in the AAA Division 5 Semis: Lake Taylor
23, North Stafford 21
Lake Taylor got down 14-0 in the first half, the first time the highest scoring offense in the Eastern Region got shutout through two quarters of play all year, but rallied to get within a point at 21-20. The Titans then got stopped on a two-point conversion, though would get the ball back and win it on a field goal by Marquise Poole at the end, prevailing on his first field goal attempt of the season.
Meanwhile, L.C. Bird is cruising behind Paul Robertson, a record-setting performance for the Skyhawks ball carrier who has 352 yards rushing entering the fourth quarter to go with five touchdowns. Bird appears headed to the State Playoffs for the first time since 1991.
Stone Bridge and Hanover are locked up in a tussle where two outstanding quarterbacks, Ryan Burns for the Bulldogs and Sam Rogers for the Hawks, are dueling it out. Stone Bridge just recovered an onside kick, however, so the Bulldogs should face Lake Taylor in next week's Division 5 title game barring a dramatic ending.
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5:10 PM: It is now over the Ocean Lakes Dolphins continue their wonderful season, 14-0 overall and will play for the AAA Division 6 State Championship next Saturday in Charlottesville against the winner of L.C. Bird/Oakton.
FINAL SCORE: Ocean Lakes 21, C.D. Hylton 14
Stay tuned for More Reaction and Final Stats later here on VirginiaPreps.com!
5:05 PM: Once again, major props must go to that offensive line of Ocean Lakes for controlling the line of scrimmage and setting a tone to allow the Dolphins to play a physical brand of football. Going from left to right, Alex Skidmore, Daniel Boothe, J.D. Dunaway, Connor Kearney and Javon Majors have gotten great push all game long.
Four different Dolphins players have over 40 yards rushing, including receiver Jaason Lewis, a sophomore that just converted a fourth-and-2 to move the chains with under two minutes to play as Ocean Lakes will likely be able to run out the clock here for a victory.
4:58 PM: You can really tell that Ocean Lakes is missing their bruising power fullback today, Mike Dunston, who was injured in last week's Eastern Region Championship win over Oscar Smith. Without him, the Dolphins can't quite convert some of these short yardage situations we've become accustomed to seeing them convert, and credit the C.D. Hylton defense for stepping up this half as well.
Hylton has the ball with a chance to tie if they can put together a 79-yard scoring drive with 6:55 left. Facing third down at the 40-yard line though, Ocean Lakes sends the heavy pressure, all out blitz, with Anthony 'SeSe' Wolters sacking Travon McMillian.
The Dolphins get the ball back with 4:28 to go, and Brandon Simmons is now running determined in the closing stages of the fourth quarter behind that massive offensive line, ripping off back-to-back 13-yard rushes into C.D. Hylton territory. Churchie Harold, the Ocean Lakes QB, runs 10 yards for a first down, and the Dolphins look to be in good shape with 2:30 to play to hold off this Hylton rally.
4:49 PM: Things are starting to really get interesting here at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex with the C.D. Hylton Bulldogs slicing into that Ocean Lakes lead on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Travon McMillian to Terrin Allen-Neal, his second scoring reception of the half. The pass was tipped by Andre Dessenberg and Allen-Neal had the presence of mind to be there for the rebound.
Moments before that, Hylton RB Joshua Ronan-Redfearn was injured on a really sound hit by Ocean Lakes junior LB Fred Hendrith, who has been all over the field making plays today. He appeared to get up and be okay, just a little shaken up. The story of this half really is how well the Hylton defense has contained Ocean Lakes' power running game, controlling their gaps, knowing their assignments and wrapping up on hits. The Dolphins may have to turn to their passing game to put this one away.
10:16 left 4thQ - - Ocean Lakes 21, C.D. Hylton 14.
4:42 PM: We have now reached the end of three quarters here at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex and in 12 minutes of game time, we'll know who is headed to Charlottesville for the Division 6 State Championship against either L.C. Bird or Oakton.
End 3rdQ: Ocean Lakes 21, C.D. Hylton 7
Hylton is looking at a key third-and-1 from the 45-yard line of Ocean Lakes to start the fourth period. The Bulldogs' star junior signal caller Travon McMillian is starting to warm up; he's got 86 of his 116 total yards here in the second half to this point.
4:38 PM: Ocean Lakes gets the ball back on a third down play where Anthony 'SeSe' Wolters comes up with an interception after a T.J. Griffin pass breakup (looked like there might have been pass interference there, but nonetheless?). The Dolphins give it right back after Churchie Harold ripped off an amazing 42-yard run, but forgot to tuck the football away and fumbles, recovered by the Bulldogs.
C.D. Hylton is now on the move following a screen pass to Jackson Shands and a pass interference by Ocean Lakes.
Interesting stat - - C.D. Hylton has no penalties, while the Dolphins have been flagged four times so far.
4:33 PM: The last series on defense for Ocean Lakes could be entitled the 'Nnadi Series.' This latest one is the 'McGill Series.' The Dolphins' senior defensive tackle Demetri McGill, headed to play his College Football at the University of Maryland, came through with a tackle on first down and then on third down tipped a Travon McMillian pass to force another C.D. Hylton punt.
Hylton struck first in this third quarter to slice Ocean Lakes' lead down to 14, but can't get any closer just yet. However, the Hylton defense led by stud linebacker E.J. Levenberry (Florida State commit) has solved the Ocean Lakes offense in the third quarter, forcing three straight three-and-outs, very impressive versus an attack that averages over 40 points per game. The Bulldogs might have to strike the air and get a receiver to step up though because that Ocean Lakes defense sniffs out the run as good as anyone in Virginia.
4:25 PM: After the C.D. Hylton defense forces and Ocean Lakes three-and-out to get the ball back, doing a solid job collapsing the rushing lanes for Dolphins ball carrier Brandon Simmons, the Bulldogs can't quite get past the 45-yard line of Ocean Lakes to cut into that lead further. On third down, it's Derrick Nnadi sacking Travon McMillian and coming up in a big way as he has done all year long. This junior d-tackle is an animal, it can't be said enough and he's one of the state's top-ranked prospects for sure in the Class of 2014.
An update in the Division 5 State Semis - - Final: Lake Taylor 23, North Stafford 21. The Titans win it on a field goal at the end by Marquise Poole, the sophomore transfer from Booker T. Washington who also came through in an enormous way in their thrilling comeback win over Granby with a punt block. That means the Titans are 14-0 and will take on the winner of Stone Bridge/Hanover in the AAA Division 5 State Championship next week in Charlottesville.
4:21 PM: C.D. Hylton fans that made the trip from Woodbridge down to Virginia Beach have to be pleased with how their team has begun this second half with QB Travon McMillian rushing for a first down (the Bulldogs only had 1 first down in the opening half), then following it up with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Terrin Allen-Neal, where he broke two tackles on the play before racing to the end zone.
10:10 left 3rdQ - - Ocean Lakes 21, C.D. Hylton 7
Ocean Lakes must stay patient and do what they've done all year, lean on that huge offensive line of theirs with Alex Skidmore (Duke commit), Daniel Boothe, J.D. Dunaway, Connor Kearney and Javon Majors to run and pass, be balanced offensively.
4:12 PM: Before we get the second half started here at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex with Ocean Lakes leading C.D. Hylton 21-0 in the AAA Division 6 State Semis, a couple of updates in other State Semis going on in the Commonwealth . . .
North Stafford is clinging to a 21-20 lead on Lake Taylor with just under three minutes to play as the Wolverines stopped the Titans on a two-point conversion from the one-yard line with a stop.
Over in the other Division 6 State Semis, L.C. Bird leads Oakton 7-0 early in the first quarter after an 87-yard TD run by Paul Robertson.
Back to the action here as C.D. Hylton will receive the opening kickoff, but they need to do something right away to dig out of this 21-point hole.
4:00 PM: Some numbers to pass along at the break as undefeated Ocean Lakes leads C.D. Hylton 21-0 and the Dolphins are in complete control.
Yards - - Ocean Lakes 242 on 42 plays; C.D. Hylton
46 on 14 plays
Those three stats really tell the story in the first half.
First Half Standout: Junior QB Churchie Harold of Ocean Lakes was 8-for-14 with 146 yards passing, 2TD's with a touchdown run. Churchie is filling in for the injured Corwin Cutler (UVA commit), who tore his ACL in their quarterfinal win over Granby. Harold completed six of his final seven passes in the first half. Uncle Eli is on the sideline, grinning from ear to ear watching this one.
The Dolphins have mixed in the run game beautifully, gaining 128 yards on the ground on 28 attempts and keeping the Bulldogs' offense off the field. Ocean Lakes is getting the key third down stops they need with Derrick Nnadi and Demetri McGill clogging the middle.
3:55 PM: Well, Ocean Lakes wasn't looking to take a 14-point lead into the half with just 25 seconds to play. They wanted to increase their lead and that they did with a hook-and-ladder play, followed by a 57-yard touchdown strike from junior QB Churchie Harold, who has now completed six of his last seven passes, including a 57-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout Mike Alston. Extra point goes through and the Dolphins are starting to pull away in a big way with Charlottesville in sight.
Half - - Ocean Lakes 21, C.D. Hylton 0.
Some half-time stats to come soon!
3:50 PM: C.D. Hylton is looking at a 4th & 1 from their own 44-yard line and Coach Tony Lilly is going with the conservative approach again with under a minute to play, deciding to punt it away instead of going for it to try to slice into his Bulldogs' 14-point deficit against an Ocean Lakes team looking to push its record to 14-0 overall.
An update in the AAA Division 5 State Semis - - Lake Taylor was driving after rallying from 14 points down against North Stafford, but the Titans got picked off and a big run led to a North Stafford touchdown. North Stafford now leads 21-14 with under 10 minutes to play.
3:44 PM: Coach Chris Scott of Ocean Lakes needed a big play from his offense and got it from wide receiver Andre Dessenberg, the Delaware commit who just hauled in his 22nd touchdown of the year, tying Damon McDaniel's Beach District record for a season set back in 2005. Dessenberg is now only 3TD's away from tying the VHSL single-season record. Give tons of credit to junior QB Churchie Harold, who started off slow in this game, for rolling out in the pocket on third down, taking his time and letting the play develop and Dessenberg get open down the right sideline, hitting him in stride. Outstanding connection any way you look at it, and the Dolphins go up by double-figures.
1:47 to go 2ndQ - - Ocean Lakes 14, C.D. Hylton 0.
3:39 PM: Ocean Lakes has become a little bit one-dimensional offensively here, relying heavily on the run game with Churchie Harold just 2-for-7 through the air for six yards. Harold is starting to warm up though, completing a clutch third down and 7 to Anthony 'SeSe' Wolters for 21 yards, followed by a 14-yard hookup to Andre Dessenberg, the Delaware commit who is one touchdown reception away from tying the Beach District single-season record set by Landstown's Damon McDaniel in 2005.
Ocean Lakes converts a third-and-short with a run up the gut by Brandon Simmons, who is running well and getting yards after contact as well as getting outside to the corner on pitch plays. Simmons is up to 60 yards on 14 attempts and will get the call again, breaking through tackles to move the chains on 3rd & 4. The Dolphins are driving into Hylton territory at the 39-yard line, leading 7-0 and trying to add to their lead before the half.
An update in the AAA Division 5 State Semis - - after trailing 14-0 at the half to North Stafford, Lake Taylor has knotted the score 14-all with just under four minutes to go in the third quarter.
3:30 PM: C.D. Hylton might be starting to get something going offensively here as they pick up a first down for the first time in this game with QB Travon McMillian completing a nifty screen pass to senior Jackson Shands to gain 16 yards down to the 38-yard line of the Bulldogs. But Ocean Lakes' defense stiffens like it has all season long.
Andre Dessenberg deflects a pass for Hylton to bring up third down and 4 for Hylton. They elect to run it up the middle and that's where Derrick Nnadi meets McMillian, who gains only 2. Hylton punts it away from their own 46-yard line on 4th & 2. They could've gone for it, but Coach Tony Lilly has no need to panic and will play the field position game.
It works out for Lilly as Ocean Lakes goes three-and-out on its next series with another sweep by Jaason Lewis that loses three yards and the Hylton secondary, which has been solid all year, gets a deflection on third down courtesy of sophomore DB Sam Thomas. Hylton has the ball back with 7:53 until the half at their own 42-yard line, trailing Ocean Lakes 7-0.
3:25 PM: Ocean Lakes is in the end zone. After C.D. Hylton had two successful stops from the 1-yard line, with the ladder coming from junior DB Lawrence Hunt (name to remember in the Class of 2014), the Dolphins punt it in on third and goal with QB Churchie Harold sneaking in for the touchdown. Extra point is good.
11:14 to go 2ndQ - - Ocean Lakes 7, C.D. Hylton 0.
Hylton needs to establish something offensively quickly here to restore some confidence.
3:19 PM: Amazing run by Jaason Lewis, the Class of 2015 star for Ocean Lakes who also excels in track, with 35 yards on 4th & 4 from the Hylton 36-yard line with Coach Chris Scott electing to go for it on that play. That puts the Dolphins at the 1-yard line of Hylton as we have reached the end of the first quarter.
End 1Q: C.D. Hylton 0, Ocean Lakes 0. The Dolphins are doing a great job of playing power football, running it 18 times for 110 yards in that opening quarter compared to only three offensive plays netting just three yards for the Bulldogs.
3:15 PM: C.D. Hylton got its first offensive possession with 4:29 to go in the first quarter, but they go three-and-out with Derrick Nnadi, the junior d-tackle star for Ocean Lakes, wrapping up Travon McMillian for a no gain on third down and 7 to go. The Dolphins take over with 2:45 left in the opening period of this scoreless battle at their own 36-yard line.
Hylton's defense has done a good job of bending, but not breaking yet. The question remains can they get a big play offensively or on special teams to ignite them and jump in front first against an explosive Ocean Lakes squad?
3:09 PM: Big break for Ocean Lakes as Hylton's Lawrence Hunt blocks the Dolphins' punt, but the officials apparently rule that the return was either muffed/fumbled by Hylton. That gives the ball back to Ocean Lakes at their own 38-yard line with a fresh set of downs. Weird situation and Coach Tony Lilly of Hylton is not happy at all.
Ocean Lakes is on the move now with three straight runs by junior tailback Brandon Simmons up the middle, gaining 16 yards to move the chains. The Dolphins go back to the sweep with Jaason Lewis, which picks up 10 yards down to the C.D. Hylton 36-yard line. And after two rushes of for nine yards, Simmons moves the chains on 3rd-and-1. Jordan Bobo breaks off a nine-yard run, but the Dolphins are pushed back on a false start and Bobo is drilled by hard-hitting Hylton linebacker E.J. Levenberry, the FSU Seminoles commit.
Faced with a key third down, Churchie Harold fires a 7-yard completion to Delaware commit Andre Dessenberg. However, the Dolphins are now looking at 3rdd & 15, where the Dolphins sniff out the screen to Dessenberg with Travis Crawley making the stop. Ocean Lakes brings out the field goal unit and Tyler Buie misses on a 33-yard attempt. Still scoreless here with 4:29 to go in the first quarter.
3:02 PM: We have kicked off between Ocean Lakes and C.D. Hylton. The Dolphins will get the ball first and Treavonne Brandon returns the opening kick 18 yards to their own 33-yard line. Ocean Lakes' first play from scrimmage is something Coach Chris Scott has gone to a good deal with success this year and that's the jet sweep, where sophomore standout Jaason Lewis picks up 3.
Quarterback Churchie Harold is off the mark though on the next two passes, including one he throws across his body, nearly intercepted by Hylton's Travis Crawley. The Dolphins go three-and-out and will punt it to Hylton, where QB Travon McMillian and the Bulldogs' offense get their first crack at things.
2:45 PM: We are 15 minutes away from kickoff in the Group AAA Division 6 State Semis between the Eastern Region Champion Ocean Lakes Dolphins (13-0) and Northwest Region Champion C.D. Hylton Bulldogs (10-2). The winner moves on to Charlottesville next week to play in the State Championship against the winner of the State Semis matchup between Central Region Champion L.C. Bird and Northern Region Champion Oakton.
Over in Division 5 going on right now, Eastern Region Champion Lake Taylor trails Northwest Region Champ North Stafford 14-0 midway through the second quarter. That score is a bit of a surprise considering Lake Taylor hammered reigning four-time State Champion Phobus 54-0 last week.
We'll keep you posted on all the action throughout the afternoon and evening here on the Live Blog. You can also follow me on Twitter @ Hatfieldsports.
To see my picks on the game, check out this link.
You can also see an in-depth preview from our own Rod Johnson here.
Some former Ocean Lakes standouts are in attendance set to watch this one with former QB Lafonte Thourogood (James Madison), Marcus Davis (Virginia Tech) and Eli Harold (UVA). Marcus told me that Eli's not talking to him right now after the Hokies edged the Cavaliers last week. But Eli told me that claim isn't true. Both are picking their Dolphins to win today. Also here is former Dolphins Head Coach Jim Prince, here to support on his old school and former player Chris Scott, the current Ocean Lakes Head Coach.
Hylton has been here before, winning its last state title in 2002. They have a pair of stars to lead them in linebacker E.J. Levenberry, a Florida State commit, and dynamic dual-threat junior QB Travon McMillian.
Matthew Hatfield has covered Eastern Region Football & Basketball since 2004 for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail email@example.com, and don't forget to listen to him Saturdays from 10AM to Noon on ESPN Radio 94.1 plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.