* Brunswick Academy 41, Quantico 22
It would be hard to say which was the more desperate feeling yesterday for the Quantico football players -- falling behind Brunswick Academy by three touchdowns in the first quarter, or continually falling short of pulling even with the Vikings on their opportunities thereafter.
It all became moot after defending state champion Brunswick tacked on two touchdowns in the last six minutes to claim a 41-22 win in the Virginia Independent Schools Football Association Division I semifinals. The Vikings advance to play Blessed Sacrament in the title game next week.
"It seemed like every time we had a chance, every time we had them, something always slipped by," said Quantico senior running back Shaune Hammond, whose team entered the four-team postseason with the top state ranking in its classification. "They either got a first down or an interception."
Brunswick had 17 of the former and four of the latter (including one in the end zone). Brunswick senior running back Charlie Omick, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, racked up 312 yards and four touchdowns out of his team's single-wing offense and also returned an interception 89 yards for a score.
Quantico (8-3) drew as close as 28-22 in the third period after an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Hammond and a two-point conversion pass from senior Ryan Ochs to senior Joe Thomas.
From that point, the Vikings (8-4) chewed more than seven minutes off the clock but missed a 39-yard field goal attempt. The Warriors then drove 71 yards to the 9-yard line before Omick picked off a pass and ran it all the way back. Omick tacked on a 34-yard scoring run a few minutes later.
"People came out there intimidated at first because of his size, and they weren't really tackling," said Hammond, who also plays on defense. "He was dragging people all over the field."
Quantico had not won more than five games in a season since 1996 and had not qualified for the playoffs since 1997.
"It was nice to be here," Coach Ken Woodie said. "I hope we can get back."