One pump-fake was enough for Centreville defensive back Marcus Hamilton. The sophomore bit on a hesitation move by Lake Braddock quarterback B.J. Quigley on the first play of the third quarter, which resulted in an 89-yard touchdown for the Bruins and a seven-point deficit for Centreville.
However, when Quigley tried the move again in the final seconds of the game, Hamilton stood his ground, deflecting a pass to secure a thrilling 21-17 come-from-behind victory for No. 12 Centreville over No. 4 Lake Braddock in the AAA Northern Region Division 6 final at W.T. Woodson High.
Centreville (10-2) claimed its second straight Northern Region title and will play at Varina on Saturday in the state semifinals. Lake Braddock, which defeated Centreville, 15-12, in the season opener, finished 11-1.
"That was one of the best games I've ever been involved with," said Centreville Coach Mike Skinner. "What can you say about what Hamilton did? He made a rookie mistake. He got beat. . . . Most kids would have hung their heads, but he didn't quit. He stayed with it and made the big play." Centreville was clinging to a 21-17 lead late in the fourth quarter, and Lake Braddock was driving. On third down and short, Quigley pump-faked, then attempted a pass to running back Peter Ouk over the middle. Hamilton knocked down the ball.
"It was out of my reach so I just tried to knock it down," Hamilton said. "That was the biggest play in my life."
Lake Braddock broke a 7-7 tie on Quigley's 89-yard completion to wide receiver Stephen King and led 17-7 going into the fourth quarter. Centreville's Gregory Hamilton Jr. then scored on a two-yard run up the middle with 11 minutes 17 seconds left. Centreville took its first lead with 5:19 left on a 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sam McElroy to wide receiver Tony Grossman.