So beating the Vikings to advance to the semifinals meant a lot, as did the second-half goal-line stand that helped secure the shutout.
“It was a huge confidence booster,” senior linebacker Nick Newman said. “All our defensive players were happy. It really made us feel like we played a good defensive game that night.”
Senior Austin Thibodeaux rushed for 160 yards on 18 carries in the win.
Newman is one of Battlefield’s pillars. He starts both ways, has 40 catches and also plays on the return teams. But he considers himself a linebacker, the same position his father, Sam, played at Shippensburg. Newman also scored his first rushing touchdown of the season against Woodbridge.
He has offers from Delaware, Temple and New Hampshire and visited Temple over the weekend.
In the region semis, Battlefield will face a familiar opponent in Hylton, a team that has beaten the Bobcats the last three regular seasons but lost to them in the 2010 and 2011 playoffs.
Roebuck leads Yorktown
Yorktown junior quarterback Will Roebuck has quietly put together a standout season that has made the Patriots one of the most balanced teams in the Northern Region.
Roebuck has thrown for 19 touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards in his first season as the varsity starter. In a 37-7 win over Jefferson on Friday in the Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 5 quarterfinals, he threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns, two to senior Nick Yore.
“I didn’t envision anything like this at all [this season],” Roebuck said. “It’s still a surprise, but it’s a lot of fun. I knew I had the ability to throw the ball in the backyard and stuff, but I didn’t think it would translate onto a field like it did.
“I’ve got probably one of the best running backs in the area [M.J. Stewart], and I knew I didn’t have to do that much. We have a bunch of athletes to get the ball to, and as long as I did that, we’d be okay.”
One such athletic play came against Jefferson when Yorktown scored on a hook-and-ladder from Roebuck to senior Bennett Vogelsang to senior Micah Gregory.
Yorktown advances to the region semis to face South County, the team it lost to 37-13 in last year’s region final.