AAA Northwest Region
Snapping Bobcats' streak takes second effort
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Hylton senior quarterback Dominique Miller went through the handshake line Friday night clutching the game ball, not to keep as a souvenir but only because one of the officials handed it to him at the end of the game.
The ball was right where it should have been. Miller played what he considered to be the game of his life in the Bulldogs' 19-14 home upset of No. 15 Battlefield, with his team scoring 19 unanswered points in the second half and snapping the Bobcats' 33-game regular season winning streak.
Miller threw for 185 yards and the winning touchdown, ran for 48 yards and a score, recovered a blocked punt in the end zone and intercepted two passes, including a long Battlefield heave downfield with 99 seconds left.
Hylton (4-0) drove 84 yards in about 21/2 minutes late in the game, scoring on a 32-yard pass in which the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Miller rolled to his right and then threw back across the field, down the left sideline to senior DeAndre Sangster.
The possession prior to that, Battlefield, clinging to a 14-13 lead, scored what appeared to be a game-sealing touchdown, but senior Bobo Beathard was called for offensive pass interference.
"Whether he [pushed off] or not, it doesn't matter," said Battlefield Coach Mark Cox, whose team had 80 yards in penalties. "We should have never let them go all the way down the field."
Battlefield (4-1) had not lost a regular season game since the 2007 opener to Potomac. The winning coach in that game, Tony Lilly, was also the winning coach last night, with Lilly being in his first season at Hylton.
Miller said the historical implications were not lost on the Bulldogs, who have tailed off in recent years after going 106-11 from 1998 through 2006.
"This is monumental, this is beyond words," said Miller, whose team had lost to Battlefield by six points each of the past two seasons. "I can't even describe the emotions going through me right now. A win on our home field to end their streak. This is a great feeling. I love how we fought."
Taking advantage of a nine-yard Hylton punt, Battlefield scored on a 35-yard drive on its first possession of the game, converting three third downs before senior quarterback Devon Greene scored from the 1-yard line.
Early in the second quarter, on third and goal from the 22-yard line, Greene connected on a screen with senior Cedric Agyeman, whose fumble at the end of the play trickled to the 1-yard line. Senior Nagee Jackson extended his touchdown streak by scoring his fifth in as many games to give the Bobcats a 14-0 lead.