Known for his obsessive preparation, Hylton Coach Bill Brown ran into a problem even he could not have anticipated Saturday night against Varina in the Virginia AAA Division 6 championship at the University of Richmond, a game his Bulldogs rallied from 20 points down to win, 28-27, for their second straight state title and 30th consecutive victory.
In the first half, Brown and offensive coordinator Jerry Williams, who calls plays from the coaches' perch in the press box, had a problem with their radios and could not communicate clearly. During the time it took Williams to work his way down to the sideline, Brown called a halfback option pass that the Blue Devils intercepted and quickly turned into a touchdown.
"Jerry, hurry up," Brown pleaded into his headset. "I'm killing us."
Williams arrived on the field in plenty of time to help direct the Bulldogs' final offensive series of the first half, a 54-second possession that resulted in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Irby to Delondre Simpson as time expired. The catch was crucial, because it sent the Bulldogs into the locker room down 27-14 instead of 27-7. . . .
While most of the Park View team was at a school pep rally on Friday afternoon, preparing for Saturday's Virginia AA Division 4 final against Salem, senior defensive tackle Andrew Hoffman was sitting in his doctor's office, trying hard not to cry.
Hoffman, a 6-foot-5, 227-pound lineman who has committed to Virginia, went to the doctor after feeling run down; he figured he had strep throat. It turned out to be mononucleosis, and 24 hours before the biggest game of his life, he was told not to play.
"It was devastating to know that I wouldn't be able to finish something that I had worked four years of my life for," Hoffman said. "I put everything I had into it. My coach [Mickey Thompson] always says that there's nothing like high school football, and I just wanted to keep playing."
Hoffman watched the Patriots' 21-20 loss from the sidelines. He wore his game jersey, led cheers and offered encouragement to his teammates. "I just tried to do whatever I could to help," Hoffman said. . . .
Parkdale running back Jason Crawford rushed for four second-half touchdowns to lead the North All-Stars to a 41-37 comeback win over the South All-Stars in the inaugural Prince George's County All-Star Game before 6,000 at Friendly High School. Crawford, who rushed for 188 yards on 18 carries, scored on a 27-yard run up the middle with 59 seconds left to cap the North's rally from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Potomac's DaJuan Crockett threw touchdown passes of 55 and 45 yards to Potomac teammate Glenn Thomas to give the South a 30-21 lead late in the third quarter. Crockett completed 10 of 24 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns. . . .
A week after leading Dunbar to its second straight DCIAA title, running back James Lynch rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown to lead the West All-Stars to a 20-6 victory over the East All-Stars in the DCIAA All-Star Game Saturday in front of 400 at Eastern High School.
Special correspondent Jon Gallo contributed to this report.