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Stone Bridge senior running back Shamar Knight-Justice stood on the sideline and danced his way through the final 15 seconds of the Bulldogs' come-from-behind 21-17 victory over visiting Madison in Friday's AAA Northern Region Division 5 semifinal.
Senior linebacker Jeff Brown was doing a little two-step of his own on the field -- right around Madison's offensive line.
Brown sacked Warhawks senior quarterback Warren Anderson on the final play of the game to seal No. 18 Stone Bridge's win and send the home crowd -- and his teammates and coaches -- into a frenzy.
"Guess we've got a thing for being dramatic," said Brown, who totaled three sacks on the night. "That last play I knew I just had to go get him. We fought hard to come back and take the lead so it was all resting on that one last play.
"This is the greatest I've felt in my entire life, hands down."
Stone Bridge (10-1) trailed Madison 17-14 with 20 seconds left in the game and was facing fourth and one from the 2-yard line.
Bulldogs Coach Mickey Thompson opted to go for the win instead of attempting a game-tying field goal and was rewarded when a Madison defender jumped offside.
The penalty gave Stone Bridge first and goal from the 1, and with 15 seconds to play, junior quarterback Terrence Glenn went up the middle for a touchdown and a 21-17 lead, the Bulldogs' first of the game.
Stone Bridge will host AAA National District runner-up Edison (10-1) at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 5 final. Edison advanced with a 14-12 win over Loudoun Valley (9-2).
"There was definitely nothing that was going to keep me out of that end zone," said Glenn, who accounted for 52 of Stone Bridge's 69 yards on its final drive. "I went to the huddle and told the guys to give me a big push up front, and I'd be right behind them."
Madison (7-4) outpaced Stone Bridge 267-147 in total yards, controlling the clock for most of the game with the hard-nosed running of senior Justin Duncan, who had 110 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Anderson, the senior quarterback, also was efficient, completing 11 of 15 passes for 117 yards, including four to Duncan for 41 yards and four to senior Kevin Ashcraft for 46 yards.
The Warhawks failed to take advantage of their field position and missed three field goal attempts.
"Things weren't going our way, but we didn't let that get us down," said Knight-Justice, who hauled in a key 32-yard pass from Glenn on the final drive. "We just didn't want this to be our last game. And this team, we never give up."
Stone Bridge won two of its 10 games this season in overtime, including earlier against Madison, and twice more scored with less than 20 seconds to play for comeback victories.
"It seems like we've always got to wait until the end and then pull it off," Glenn said. "But I'll take it."