Virginia AAA Division 6

At Westfield, It's One for All and All for One

"We're not a bunch of D-I players," Westfield Coach Tom Verbanic said. "I think that also has something to do with why we have to work as hard as we have to work in order to be successful." (By Tracy A. Woodward -- The Washington Post)

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By Preston Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 9, 2007

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Dec. 8 -- Westfield has won so many games in recent years that there is a misperception that the No. 2 Bulldogs have a star-studded team. They do not.

But what they did have Saturday in a 42-14 win over No. 14 Woodbridge in the Virginia AAA Division 6 championship at Scott Stadium was this:

Six touchdowns, scored by six players.

No turnovers.

Three forced turnovers.

A second state title in five years.

And what is believed to be the first 15-0 final record in state football history.

Okay, so maybe the Bulldogs' mailboxes are not flooded with fancy college letterhead. They'll take the trophies, and the fact that those memories came on a big-time college field made it all the sweeter. Some rolled around in the end zone afterward to soak it all in.

"No, we're not a bunch of D-I players and all that stuff," Westfield Coach Tom Verbanic said. "I think that also has something to do with why we have to work as hard as we have to work in order to be successful."

After not scoring for the first 23-plus minutes, the Bulldogs' lone major college prospect -- North Carolina State-bound quarterback Mike Glennon -- galloped into the end zone on an 11-yard run just before halftime, the first of six touchdowns the Bulldogs racked up in the final 24-plus minutes. It was a 14-14 game late in the third period.

Westfield rushed 35 times for 190 yards and Glennon completed 14 of 23 passes for 152 yards and a score to senior David Kruchko, a typically efficient offensive performance for the Bulldogs.

The pass moved Glennon into 11th place in the Virginia High School League record book for touchdown throws in a season with 32. He moved past former Gretna High star Vicqual Hall, who threw 31 in 14 games in 2003.

"I wanted to go out and win this for my teammates because a lot of them won't be playing college football next year," Glennon said.

Fellow seniors Steve Tabot and Brian Kennedy and sophomore Dillon Doty all ran for touchdowns, and senior Kyle Goffredo returned an interception for a score.

Woodbridge junior running back DeAntwan Williams gained 129 yards on 20 carries and scored both of the Vikings' touchdowns, but he carried only four times in the second half.

"Once you get down to a certain point in the game and you get behind by a couple scores and you're forced to do things you don't normally do and take the ball out of your playmaker's hands, it does make it tough," Vikings Coach Keith King said.

Woodbridge (9-5), which trailed by less than two minutes in total time of possession, scored on its opening drive thanks in part to a 41-yard gadget play. Williams took a handoff and then gave the ball to senior Miguel Urquia, who found junior Kelvin Lewis for a 41-yard connection. A few plays later, Williams scored from eight yards out to give his team the early lead.

Westfield, which turned the ball over on downs at the Woodbridge 6 late in the first quarter and missed a 33-yard field goal early in the second, finally scored with 33 seconds left in the half on Glennon's run.

No. 2 Westfield 42 No. 14 Woodbridge 14 King's Ransom: Senior linebacker Mike King led the Bulldogs with 11 tackles, including two for losses and a sack. "He doesn't always look like the most athletic, but he can make plays in space," Verbanic said. Don't Count Them Out: Woodbridge was 1-2 and 3-3 this season, but rallied to reach the state title game for the first time since 1974. No. 2 Westfield 42 No. 14 Woodbridge 14 King's Ransom: Senior linebacker Mike King led the Bulldogs with 11 tackles, including two for losses and a sack. "He doesn't always look like the most athletic, but he can make plays in space," Verbanic said. Don't Count Them Out: Woodbridge was 1-2 and 3-3 this season, but rallied to reach the state title game for the first time since 1974.


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