Bird wins D-6 state title!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This phenomenal day
of High School Football at the VHSL State Championships has come to an end at
the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.
style=> We saw a couple of battles between undefeated
teams go down to the wire with the outcome hanging in the balance with less
than two minutes to play.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the Division 5 State Championship, the Lake Taylor Titans
held off the Stone Bridge Bulldogs 20-14 as the Titans captured their first
state title, also becoming the first city of Norfolk football team to win it
all since 1966. The Eastern Region has
now won 18 of the past 27 state titles in Division 5.
style=> Lake Taylor had lost the last time they were
in the State Final back in 1982.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Over in the Division 6 State Championship, the L.C.
Bird Skyhawks pulled out a 14-10 victory over the Ocean Lakes Dolphins to win
their first ever state title in what was a scoreless second half.
style=> Bird, which recovered from trailing after the
first play from scrimmage, is the first Central Region program to win the D-6
title since Thomas Dale back in 2009.
Bird had lost its last appearance in the State Final back in 1991.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Here are the Postgame Press Conference links from L.C.
Bird's 14-10 win over Ocean Lakes in Division 6 State Championship as the
Skyhawks claimed their first state title in school history.

href="">L.C. Bird Postgame
Press Conference
Ocean Lakes Postgame
Press Conference

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It's been an absolute privilege to witness these two outstanding
games and four truly worthy teams on the field playing for a Championship.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Be sure to check back to over the
coming days for Full Team Coverage from Rod Johnson, Tom Garrett myself - -
including Game Recaps, Postgame Press Conference Videos, Game Highlights, Photos
and a whole lot more. Good night from

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Well, what a day of
football it has been in Charlottesville at UVA's Scott Stadium as two veteran
coaches, David Bedwell of the L.C.
Bird Skyhawks and Hank Sawyer from
the Lake Taylor Titans, see their players take home State Championships in down
to the wire affairs.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It was Lake Taylor defeating Stone Bridge 20-14,
recovering a fumble in the final minute to preserve a victory, and it was L.C.
Bird holding on for a 14-10 win over Ocean Lakes with a big stop on
fourth-and-1 in the red zone.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Here are the Final Numbers . . .

Stats: ***

C. Bird Skyhawks 14:
style=> 14-0 Overall
Paul Robertson - - 27Car. 180Yds. 2TD's
Terrance Ervin - - 6-14 for 51Yds. 0-1TD/Int. ratio; 4Car. 26Yds.
Darius Hawkins - - 2Rec. 25Yds.
Brandon Walker - - 11 Tackles, 2TFL, 2PBU
Jay Anderson - - 5 Tackles, 5TFL, 3 Sacks
Justin Palimore - - 4 Tackles, TFL
Rasheed Worsham - - 4 Tackles

Lakes Dolphins 10:
style=> 14-1 Overall
Churchie Harold - - 7-14 for 92Yds.
Andre Dessenberg - - 1-1 for 77Yds. 1-0TD/Int. ratio
Brandon Simmons - - 18Car. 107ds. (15Car. 85Yds. 2nd Half)
Jaason Lewis - - 5Car. 22Yds; 2Rec. 31Yds.
Anthony 'SeSe' Wolters - - 1Rec. 77Yds. TD; TFL
Fred Hendrith - - 6 Tackles
Demetri McGill - - 6 Tackles, TFL

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A memorable game that was extremely hard-fought (
style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>no pun intended) and two teams with an
awful lot to be proud of for both having the best seasons in school history.
style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'> Back
with Postgame Press Conferences and a wrap-up in a bit . . .

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Playing in its
first State Championship game since 1991 when they lost to Halifax County, the
L.C. Bird Skyhawks under Coach David
Bedwell are about to win their first title.
After a 7-7 score in the first quarter in what was shaping up to be if
not a shoot-out a game where both offenses appeared to have success, this
turned into a rock 'em, sock 'em defensive slugfest with a scoreless second

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Meanwhile, a great year for Ocean Lakes will end at
14-1 overall as the Dolphins couldn't quite punch it n for a touchdown in the
red zone. In the end, it's the Central
Region taking home the D-6 crown, their first since Thomas Dale did it in 2009.

background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow'>FINAL SCORE:
style=> L.C. BIRD 14, OCEAN LAKES 10

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Check back for the Final Numbers and Full Reaction from
this one with Photos, Postgame Sound, Video and a ton more!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Continue to give a
good football team an ample amount of opportunities and eventually they are to
take advantage of it and L.C. Bird is playing a little bit with fire right now
as they are flagged for pass interference on third-and-22 with Ocean Lakes at
their own 49-yard line. That play breathes
new life into the Dolphins, who are starting to get closer to the red zone with
Brandon Simmons running hard between
the tackles.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In fact, Simmons gets inside the red zone with a seven
yard gain on third down. It's
fourth-and-1 at the L.C. Bird 11-yard line.
Clock ticking under 1:30 to play and ladies and gentlemen out there in
Internet land, this is the ballgame coming up right here I do believe.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Simmons is stopped on fourth-and-11 on an amazing
tackle by Brandon Walker, senior
defensive back for L.C. Bird. The
Skyhawks take over with 1:11 to go at their own 11-yard line and all they need
is a first down to ice this one.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On second-and-24
from their own 22-yard line, L.C. Bird goes to the air and something really bad
happens for them and mighty good for Ocean Lakes, an interception.
style=> It's sophomore linebacker
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Jahvoni Simmons picking off the pair
and returning it six yards to the Bird 29-yard line.
style=> As mentioned earlier, it would most likely
take a key takeaway by the Ocean Lakes defense to spark a comeback finish and a

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What hurts Ocean Lakes is another penalty as they are
getting close to 100 yards in penalties in this one, pushing themselves back,
and then QB Churchie Harold is
unable to hold onto the shotgun snap from center
normal'>J.D. Dunaway. The Dolphins
are going to talk things over with Coach Chris
Scott calling a time-out with 3:07 to play, down 14-10 and looking at
third-and-22 from their own 49-yard line after an illegal substitution.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Dolphins have been extremely sloppy, but Ocean
Lakes is just one play away from turning things around and possibly even taking
the lead.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On third-and-11,
Ocean Lakes goes deep towards the end zone and nearly got a touchdown with
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Churchie Harold's pass going through
the hands of junior wideout Mike Alston.
Coach Chris Scott will call a
time-out before the fourth down play with 5:58 remaining and L.C. Bird on top
14-10. This play coming up could very
well determine the outcome!

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>, who has rose to the occasion all game for L.C. Bird
defensively, does so again on fourth down with a sack of Harold.
style=> That gives Bird the ball back with under six
minutes to play, and an opportunity if they move the chains to put the game away.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This is only the second
time all year that Ocean Lakes has trailed in the fourth quarter with the other
coming in the Eastern Region Division 6 Championship, where they used a fumble
recovery in the final period to lead to the go-ahead touchdown against last
year's state title winner. A defensive takeaway
would be gigantic, enormous, monstrous, you pick any adjective you want.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>L.C. Bird will start at its own 14-yard line and the
Skyhawks have had poor field position most of this second half, and at some
point it could bite them if they're not careful.
style=> On third-and-7 from their own 17-yard line,
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Paul Robertson gets his number called
and he's brought down by Fred Hendrith for
a minimal gain of three. Bird will be forced
to punt again.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>So far, the Skyhawks have had only one first down this
half and this will be their fifth consecutive punt.
style=> Ocean Lakes takes over with 7:38 to play and
in pretty decent shape at midfield.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Brandon Simmons is starting to take
over for Ocean Lakes and put the Dolphins on his back, running with power,
authority and a purpose, breaking off back-to-back first down runs, eerily
similar to last week's State Semis win over C.D. Hylton.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Dolphins are getting closer, knocking on the door
at the Bird 30-yard line until Jay
Anderson sends him backwards for a mega tackle for loss.
style=> That brings up third-and-11 from the 30-yard
line for Ocean Lakes with 6 minutes to go and the Skyhaks ahead 14-10.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>You glance at the
stats and the numbers are oh so close.
Ocean Lakes has a 260-223 advantage in Total Yards, whereas the Dolphins
are just 1-of-7 on third downs compared to 4-of-10 for the Skyhawks.
style=> Bird is getting it done on Time of Possession,
though they only gained 25 yards rushing in that third quarter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This has been a real physical war and it's anybody's
ballgame right now. L.C. Bird is forced
to punt after a screen pass completion ends up losing yards for the
Skyhawks. The tackle for loss was made
by Anthony 'SeSe' Wolters, one of
the more underrated contributors for Ocean Lakes this season.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>When the Dolphins get the ball back, they have a drive
fizzle out with 9:25 to go as a pass is incomplete on third-and-5, meaning they'll
line up to punt from their own 39-yard line.
Don't be surprised to see Ocean Lakes try some kind of trick play like a
flea flicker or fake punt, maybe not at this point, but some time later in the
fourth quarter. They got one to work and
might need another to rally past a Bird team only 9:14 away from capturing its
first state title.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Ocean Lakes' latest
drive stalls out when QB Churchie Harold
gets sacked on third down by L.C. Bird defender
normal'>Jay Anderson. A senior
defensive end, Anderson is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Game, particularly
one if Bird hangs on to win. That means
Ocean Lakes will have to punt.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Dolphins couldn't have gotten a better punt as they
are able to down it at the Bird 2-yard line.
Well, actually they could've had a better punt by downing it at the
1-yard line, but no need to get greedy as that really enables Ocean Lakes d-coordinator
Chris Ramey to get creative with any
blitzes, stunts or calls in general defensively.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Things are getting a little chippy here in
Charlottesville with quite a bit of pushing and shoving going on and the
referees will huddle together after throwing some flags and assessing
penalties. It'll be offsetting dead ball
personal fouls. In the meantime,
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Paul Robertson's last run gives Bird a
first down at their own 13-yard line with 33 seconds to play in the third

3rdQ - - L.C. BIRD 14, OCEAN LAKES 10

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Only 12 minutes away from crowning a new State Champion
in Division 6 and somebody is going to win their first title in school history.
style=> Come on back now, ya hear?

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>L.C. Bird seems
pretty comfortable in this defensive battle, and although they go three-and-out
with a pass bouncing off Delaware commit Andre
Dessenberg on third down, the Skyhawks stay ahead 14-10.
style=> Ocean Lakes gets the ball back at their own
29-yard line and th Dolphins avoid what could've been a disaster as QB
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Churchie Harold's screen pass nearly
turned into a pick six for Bird's Brandon
Walker, but he drops the ball.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On third-and-9 at the 30-yard line, Harold makes up for
it with a wonderful pass on a deep waggle on the backside to
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Mike Alston, good for 32 yards into
L.C. Bird territory. Ocean Lakes is
trailing in this one, but they are just one play away from swinging momentum
back to their side and taking the lead in the process.
style=> Bird can't get TOO comfortable with this lead
or it'll evaporate before they know it on the UVA field.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>On third-and-7 from
the L.C. Bird 25-yard line, Ocean Lakes QB Churchie
Harold throws a pass near the sideline to
normal'>Andre Dessenberg, the Delaware commit and All-Eastern Region First
Team pick for the Dolphins. The pass is
incomplete, though and that brings out the field goal unit.

who made a 36-yard field goal try earlier in the game, misfires on a 42-yard
attempt. L.C. Bird maintains a 14-10
lead with 4:40 to play in the third quarter and Coach
normal'>David Bedwll has to be relieved, but his offense can't make any significant
mistakes to give the Dolphins the ball back with something to work with to
close out this third quarter.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>With the offense in
a stagnant funk, Ocean Lakes is turning to its defense to bail them out and now
L.C. Bird is forced to punt, going three-and-out.
style=> Tony
Baird, standout defensive end and team leader in sacks, comes through big
for Ocean Lakes as does corner Treavonne
Brandon, a North Carolina A&T commit, just made a bone-crunching hit.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Ocean Lakes now has the football at their own 39-yard
line and they get the ball in space to sophomore
normal'>Jaason Lewis. My colleague
Rod Johnson just noted that the Dolphins must take advantage of his athletic
gifts and I couldn't agree more. Coach
Scott will likely utilize him more on running plays or on pass plays because he
creates mismatches one-on-one against any defense, even Bird's.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Up the middle goes Brandon
Simmons with a hard-nosed run and the Dolphins are starting to get out of
that sluggish mode they were in offensively for the entire second quarter and
end of the first period. At worst, Ocean
Lakes will get a field goal opportunity out of this series if they don't turn
the ball over, and they're looking for a touchdown.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The second half is
underway in this VHSL Group AAA Division 6 State Championship battle at UVA's
Scott Stadium in Charlottesville on an absolutely crisp, beautiful night for
football. Leading Ocean Lakes 14-10,
L.C. Bird will get the ball first to start things in the third quarter.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>L.C. Bird begins at their own 40-yard line, and after
two runs net six yards, a Skyhawks pass on third-and-6 is incomplete.
style=> That means Bird will punt it to Ocean Lakes,
which gets it at its own 20-yard line, hoping to mount a drive to take the

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Ocean Lakes throws the ball on first down and it's
incomplete. They then move the ball
seven yards on the next two plays and will punt it on fourth-and-3 from their
own 27-yard lien with just over nine minutes to go in the third quarter.
style=> Kudos to the Bird defense for playing
disciplined, assignment football on that series, not letting Ocean Lakes get
one of those demoralizing big plays they feed off of so much.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Some numbers at the
break courtesy of the good folks from STATVA
(, doing the official
statistics for the VHSL.

Bird 14:
Paul Robertson - - 14Car. 114Yds. 2TD's; 1Rec. 3Yds.
Terrance Ervin - - 5-8 for 53Yds; 3Car. 27Yds.
Darius Hawkins - - 2Rec. 25Yds.
Garey Dorsey - - 1Rec. 14Yds.
Brandon Walker - - 3 Tackles, 2TFL

Lakes 10:
Churchie Harold - - 6-7 for 55Yds.; 3Car. 3Yds.
Andre Dessenberg - - 1-1 for 77Yds. TD; 2Rec. 8Yds.
Brandon Simmons - - 3Car. 22Yds.
Jaason Lewis - - 2Rec. 31Yds.
Demetri McGill - - 4 Tackles, TFL

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>What jumps out to me besides the Time of Possession,
where L.C. Bird has a decisive advantage of 15:37 to 8:23 is that Ocean Lakes
has rushed for only 34 yards on 11 attempts.
They've kind of abandoned the run at times, and Bird is doing a better
job than I anticipated coming in on the line of scrimmage against a Dolphins
team with some beasts up front. Bird has
been really balanced on offense and Robertson is the star of the show.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Should be some more highlight reel plays to come our
way in the second half. We'll keep the
updates coming and Full Coverage to follow!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Major and I do mean
major stop before the half on fourth-and-10 at the Ocean Lakes 25-yard line by
the Dolphins defense as an L.C. Bird pass falls incomplete.
style=> That gives the ball back to the Dolphins,
trailing 14-10 with 23 seconds until the break.
Don't think for a second Coach Chris
Scott will go into the locker room down four because last week in the State
Semis versus C.D. Hylton they went to a hook-and-ladder pass play and then
score a touchdown on the next play before the half.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Ocean Lakes does stay aggressive and QB
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Churchie Harold completes a 31-yard
pass to sophomore Jaason Lewis, a
name everyone around the state will know about from the Class of 2015 sooner
than later. On the next play, Churchie
finds Mike Alston for a gain of
19. Seven seconds left in the half, and
Harold gets sacked by Jay Anderson of
L.C. Bird and time runs out.

- - L.C. BIRD 14, OCEAN LAKES 10

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Some half-time stats coming in a few, so keep it tuned
right here to the Blog as we'll be crowning another first time State Champion
later this evening!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Not the type of
drive Coach Chris Scott of Ocean
Lakes would've liked to see with his team getting the ball back, trailing L.C.
Bird 14-10. The Skyhawks force a three-and-out,
and even worse for Ocean Lakes, the Dolphins are punting from their own end

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Bird gets the ball back at the Ocean Lakes 40-yard line
with 3:45 to go until the half and Coach David
Bedwell has to feel mighty good about where his team is, leading and with a
chance to add to that before intermission.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To me, this game now has a feel of the 2010 State Semis
between Hermitage and Bayside in which the Marlins of Bayside, much like Ocean
Lakes did, struck early with some big plays.
After that, Hermitage settled down and played power football, imposing
their will with a physical style and a QB that is pretty mobile.
style=> Terrance
Ervin just made a nice run, eluding several tacklers and is showing that he's
a threat scrambling.
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Paul Robertson then moves the chains on
third-and-1 at the Dolphins' 31-yard line.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>on third down comes up with a great stop with under a
minute to go in the half for Ocean Lakes.
On fourth-and-10, it is decision time again for Coach Bedwell.
style=> He will use a time-out and decide what to do
with 30 seconds to go before the break.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Those wondering who
should get the State Offensive Player award might have their answer as L.C.
Bird answers an Ocean Lakes field goal that gave the Dolphins a 10-7 lead with
one play, turning to their stud ball carrier.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Tailback Paul
Robertson, who rushed for over 400 yards last week to set a State Playoff
game record against Oakton, shoots out of a cannon and goes 67 yards to the
house, no flags, simply running away from defenders chasing him.
style=> PAT is good and Bird is now on top for the
first time in this D-6 title game.

left in the 1st Half - - L.C. Bird 14, Ocean Lakes 10

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A lot of pressure now is on the Ocean Lakes offense to
put together a good drive because they really thrived on that big play earlier
to get the lead and haven't strung together a series of plays yet on this Bird
defense. They really need a confidence boosting
possession offensively.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Out of the
time-out, Bird decides to go for it and QB Terrance
Ervin is able to just barely escape a flock of Dolphins swarming him and
get a pass off to tailback Paul
Robertson, who slips out of a couple tackles.
style=> Robertson ultimately comes up a yard short of
the first down.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Ocean Lakes on its third offensive possession of this
Championship bought turns to the power running game and that offensive line of
theirs, headlined by a couple of All-District and All-Region performers in
tackle Alex Skidmore (Duke commit)
and Connor Kearney, is getting solid
push up front. They open up some holes
for running back Brandon Simmons,
who powers his way to the L.C. Bird 47-yard line.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Dolphins are doing a respectable job of attacking
the L.C. Bird defense up the middle now with Simmons and
normal'>Jordan Bobo, another junior tailback for Ocean Lakes.
style=> Bobo gets drilled by L.C. Bird senior
linebacker Oliver Wright on what
might've been the hit of the day thus far.
The drive stalls and Ocean Lakes will turn to kicker
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Tyler Buie on fourth-and-4.
style=> Buie delivers with a 36-yard field goal.

to go 2ndQ - - Ocean Lakes 10, L.C. Bird 7

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>As mentioned
earlier, the L.C. Bird offensive line has been very steady thus far,
controlling the line of scrimmage fairly well against an Ocean Lakes defensive
line probably as good as any in Virginia at the High School level.
style=> A couple of Ocean Lakes d-linemen,
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Demetri McGill and
normal'>Tony Baird got free for a tackle for a seven-yard loss, which puts
Bird's offense back at the 50-yard line.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Another unsung player for Ocean Lakes, sophomore DB
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>T.J. Griffin, comes up with a crucial
pass breakup on a long throw by Bird down the field to the end zone.
style=> The Dolphins are bending some, not exactly
breaking, and now Bird will go for it on fourth down.
style=> On fourth-and-4 from the Ocean Lakes 37-yard
line, the Skyhawks line up to go and then Coach
normal'>David Bedwell will call time-out to make sure his squad gets the
right play they want.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We have reached the
end of the opening period in the VHSL Group AAA Division 6 State Championship
and it's a fabulous chess match going on as the L.C. Bird Skyhawks and Ocean Lakes
Dolphins are wrapped up in an even affair.

1stQ - - Ocean Lakes 7, L.C. Bird 7

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Bird will begin the second quarter with the ball a yard
away from midfield, faced with 3rd & 2.
The Skyhawks have been pretty balanced offensively to start, mixing in
the pass to go with that run game led by Paul
Robertson. Ocean Lakes has to be
pleased they've yet to let Robertson rip off the long run.
style=> Their defense, anchored by DT's
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Demetri McGill (Maryland commit) and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Derrick Nnadi, control the run game
really well, and LB Myke Knox is
making plays. Bird's offensive line is
doing a nice job of protecting the passer, though, so that is helping in diversifying
their attack.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Ocean Lakes now has
the football after L.C. Bird responded in a big way with a 7:21 drive to knot
the score up at 7. While the Dolphins
had huge success throwing the ball on their first play of the game and have
some bona-fide playmakers at the wide receiver position, it might be a good
idea to establish the power run game and not put but so much on the shoulders
of the passing game or it could lead to a turnover.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Just as that thought comes into my head, following a
nine-yard completion from Churchie
Harold to T.J. Griffin, a
sophomore transfer from Green Run, a Dolphins pass gets intercepted.
style=> But fortunately for Ocean Lakes, it was pass
interference on L.C. Bird, which puts the ball on the other side of the 50 yard
line for the Dolphins.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>L.C. Bird does come up with a stop as Ocean Lakes
decides to go for it on fourth-and-11 at the Skyhawks' 41-yard line.
style=> Senior DB
normal'>Brandon Walker came up big with a pass breakup for Bird on that

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Faced with
third-and-10 from the Ocean Lakes 34-yard line after a penalty, L.C. Bird goes
back to the air and this time the pass intended for
normal'>Gary Dorsey is deflected.
Pretty solid coverage there by the Dolphins, and now Bird will go for it
on fourth down. The Ocean Lakes crowd
rises to its feet, and Bird responds with a successful fourth down conversion
near its sideline with Terrance Ervin finding
junior wideout Shawn Payne for 11
yards. That'll be enough for a first

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Bird caps off this long and impressive 73-yard drive
with a touchdown run from just three yards out by stud running back
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Paul Robertson, who's closing in on
2800 yards on the ground for the year.
Extra point is up and good. That
knots our score.

to go 1stQ - - L.C. Bird 7, Ocean Lakes 7

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>My first thought is Bird showed its mettle on that last
series. Also, this one has 14 more
points than we had in the entire first quarter and opening 21 minutes of the
D-5 Championship game, so fans of offense are enjoying the start thoroughly.

style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>David Bedwell's Skyhawks of L.C. Bird
begin their first offensive series with 11:31 to go in the opening quarter at
their own 27-yard line, trailing Ocean Lakes 7-0 after the Dolphins threw a
bomb at them to start.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Bird gets a 13-yard completion from
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Terrance Ervin to
normal'>Darius Hawkins, followed by a personal foul penalty on the Dolphins
to put them in Ocean Lakes territory right away.
style=> However, a couple of penalties back Bird up
to its own 40-yard line, and on second-and-26, the Skyhawks go back to the air
to senior tight en Gary Dorsey.
style=> At first, I thought the announcer said Gary
Busey, which had me alarmed, but thank goodness my ears deceived me.
style=> Anyways, back to the action.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Hawkins delivers again for Bird on the third down play,
needing 12 yards and he gets precisely that to put the Skyhawks at the 34-yard
line of Ocean Lakes. L.C. Bird has come
out throwing the ball, showing they aren't a one-trick pony that solely runs
the ball to get it done offensively.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Ocean Lakes
receives the opening kickoff here in the VHSL Group AAA Division 6 State
Championship against L.C. Bird at UVA's Scott Stadium in Charlottesville and
Coach Chris Scott couldn't have
asked for a better start as on the first play from scrimmage they go swinging
for the fences. It's a double pass with
junior QB Walter 'Churchie' Harold,
playing for the injured Corwin Cutler,
throws to Andre Dessenberg, the
Delaware commit. From there, Dessenberg
launches the ball downfield to Anthony 'SeSe'
Wolters and the result is a 74-yard touchdown pass.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>So it's Ocean Lakes getting on the board right away,
executing the double pass to perfection on the Bird defense.

to go 1stQ - - Ocean Lakes 7, L.C. Bird 0

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>One would wonder if Bird can recover from Ocean Lakes
landing such a big punch right out of the gate, but the Skyhawks are a pretty
resilient bunch, plus have a running back in
normal'>Paul Robertson that comes in with 2756 yards rushing on the
season. They won't go away quietly you
would think.

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Before we kick-off,
let's review the Predictions for this Division 6 State Final coming up.
style=> Both Rod Johnson and Tom Garrett have
predicted an L.C. Bird victory, while yours truly, Matthew Hatfield, is going
with Ocean Lakes. All three of us figure
this to be a tight game like the previous one, and if it goes down to the wire
as Lake Taylor/Stone Bridge did, then the fans here at UVA's Scott Stadium in
Charlottesville are sure to get their money's worth!

10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>We're just a little
less than a half hour away from kick-off in the VHSL Group AAA Division 6 State
Championship between the Ocean Lakes Dolphins (14-0) from the Eastern Region
and the Central Region's L.C. Bird Skyhawks (13-0).
style=> Before we get to that, let me note that the
Live Blog for that game will be in a second link which we'll have up in a bit.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Here are the Postgame Press Conference links from Lake
Taylor's 20-14 win over Stone in the Division 5 State Championship as the
Titans claimed their first state title in school history.

href="">Lake Taylor Postgame
Press Conference
Stone Bridge
Postgame Press Conference

style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> .
. . for those interested in checking out our Division 5 State Championship Live
Blog can do so at the link below.

Division 5 State Championship Live Blog - Lake Taylor/Stone Bridge

style=> Welcome to Charlottesville and Scott Stadium
at the University of Virginia for the 2012 VHSL Group AAA State
Championships. It's a gorgeous, sunny
day here, not too cold and fans are starting to trickle in on this Saturday
where two new Champions will be crowned, one in Division 5 and one in Division

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In the Division 5 title game set to kick at 12:07 PM,
it'll be the Northern Region Champion Stone Bridge Bulldogs (14-0) taking on
the Eastern Region Champion Lake Taylor Titans (14-0).
style=> This figures to be a classic confrontation
with two smothering defenses, teams that can throw the ball effectively and
pound it out on the ground. Each squad
has been dominating this year, and anything other than a close game would be a
surprise. Stone Bridge is seeking its
first state title since 2007 as they have lost in this game three times since
2005 ('05 to Hampton, '09 and '10 to Phoebus), while Lake Taylor is trying to
win its first, playing in the title game for the first time in 30 years.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Over in the Division 6 AAA Championship, it'll be
Eastern Region Champion Ocean Lakes (14-0) facing Central Region Champion L.C.
Bird (13-0). Neither team was considered
the favorite to begin the regional playoffs, but much like Stone Bridge and
Lake Taylor, have been extremely impressive all year long.
style=> Bird rushed for over 400 yards last week in
their State Semifinal victory over Oakton, whereas Ocean Lakes comes in with a
defense that gave up fewer points in the regular season than in last year's
playoffs. Ocean Lakes is in the State
Championship game for the first time ever and Bird is here for the first time
since 1991, also trying to win its first.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>This should be an unbelievable day of football as it is
the first time in the VHSL State Championships since the split to Division 5
and Division 6 that all four teams playing for the title are undefeated.
style=> We've got the best of the best here without a

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>My colleagues, State Football Editor
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Rod Johnson and Central Region Football
Analyst Tom Garrett, are no hand
here as well and will be providing coverage from these games throughout the
weekend, so stay tuned for stories, photos, postgame reaction and a whole ton
over the next few days on The Internet Resource for High School Sports
throughout the state of Virginia!

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To see their in-depth Previews, check out the links

D-5 Preview of Lake Taylor/Stone Bridge
D-6 Preview of L.C. Bird/Ocean Lakes

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Also, you can follow updates periodically on
href="">Twitter @ hatfieldsports.



115%;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";text-decoration:none;text-underline:
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has covered Eastern Region Football since 2005 for
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Network. Check out
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and you can also read his work in the
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To contact Matthew, please e-mail
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Saturdays from 10AM to Noon on
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plus watch him on the
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