Woodbridge gets past Gar-Field in six overtimes, 37-34

Woodbridge battled Gar-Field through six overtimes to take home a 37-34 win.
By Preston Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 6, 2010; 1:10 AM

Gar-Field and Woodbridge have been playing since 1965, and most of Friday night's installment in the series either set Prince William County's oldest rivalry back decades or was a defensive masterpiece or punter's delight, depending on your point of view.

The final two minutes of regulation kicked the offenses into gear, with each team scoring to send the game into overtime. Six installments of extra time finally left Woodbridge with a 37-34 win, the winning margin coming on a 27-yard field goal by senior Sam Brew. The Vikings stopped Gar-Field sophomore Shakeem Copeland on fourth down from the two-yard line to end the game, earn a AAA Northwest Region playoff berth and start the celebration.

Brew was not even the team's first-string kicker until late in the season. His 21-yard field goal with nine seconds left in regulation tied the score at 10 and set forth what will be recalled as one of the most memorable finishes in the series.

Gar-Field (6-4, 4-2), which had already clinched its postseason spot, took a 10-7 lead with 2 minutes 15 seconds left in regulation on a halfback option pass from junior Ryan Mason to junior Dana McAfee, who fired 26 yards into the end zone to Copeland for a 10-7 lead. Brew's field goal forced overtime.

The teams traded touchdowns in the first two extra sessions and field goals in the third, first from Gar-Field senior Tyler Brooks and then from Brew. That tied the score at 27. In the fourth overtime, with Woodbridge (6-4, 5-1) taking possession first, Gar-Field senior Corey Bonds intercepted a pass on second down. The Indians then scored what appeared to be the winning touchdown, but they were whistled for assisting the runner, junior Jordan Miles. A false start on third and goal at the two backed up Gar-Field, and Brooks missed a 21-yard field goal attempt.

In the fifth overtime, Gar-Field senior Devonte Piggott scored on a seven-yard reverse, and the Vikings countered with a 12-yard touchdown pass from senior Corey Taylor to senior Mike Herrity. The score was knotted at 34.

Woodbridge had possession first in the sixth overtime, and after three incompletions, Brew came on to kick what turned out to be the game winner because the Vikings were able to stuff Copeland just short of the goal line on Gar-Field's fourth-down play from the two.

It was Woodbridge's fourth consecutive win in the series and their first victory this season over a team with a winning record. The Vikings will travel to Franklin County for a first-round Virginia AAA Northwest Region playoff game and Gar-Field will go to Battlefield.

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