Falls Church senior Dieon Dupont scored on a nine-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and Albemarle shanked a potential game-tying extra point wide left to seal the Jaguars’ 24-23 win in a Virginia 5A North first round game — their first playoff victory since 1976.
As the kick sailed wide, “I just thought, ‘holy [cow], now we can run the clock out,’” Jaguars Coach Said Aziz said.
The game was tied 3-3 at halftime, but the defensive slugfest gave way to a shootout in the third quarter as fatigue set in on both teams.
Junior receiver Troy Darling hauled in a 55-yard touchdown catch for the Jaguars (8-3), who came in averaging roughly 35 points per game.
“It was great; we had a great turnout,” Aziz said. “The community came out, and we had a great crowd.”
Falls Church hits the road next week to face top-seeded Massaponax.
Chad Smith and Luke Thompson each scored two touchdowns for the Titans (7-4), who earned the first playoff victory in program history with a road win in a Virginia 4A North first round game against the Foxes (8-3) in King George.
“Long story short, we just wore them down,” Dominion Coach Karl Buckwalter said. “We were bigger than them, and our kids were very disciplined on defense.”
Dominion advances to play Salem (9-2) in a Virginia 4A North quarterfinal next week.