The Battlefield defense recorded its third shutout of the season, stopping two Woodbridge drives inside the 5-yard line, in a 17-0 first-round home win in the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 6 semifinals.
Woodbridge had topped previously unbeaten Stonewall Jackson the week before, three-time defending region champion Battlefield had lost three regular season games (its most since 2006) and the Bobcats were 0-3 in their short history against Woodbridge.
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.
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.”