The first victory in school history won't soon be forgotten by South County's football team or the students who rushed the field to celebrate a stunning 33-28 win over Hayfield on Saturday.
After falling behind by seven with 1 minute 37 seconds left, the Stallions scored a touchdown, had an extra point blocked, scored again and then stopped Hayfield at the 5-yard line as time expired.
"It was a great moment for our school," Coach Pete Bendorf said. "The kids have been playing hard and improving every week. This is a great reward for them."
South County (1-7, 1-4 VirginiaAAA Patriot District) drew many of its students from Hayfield (2-7, 2-4), including wide receiver Nobel Iyebote, who made a 75-yard touchdown catch to cut the deficit to 28-27 with 1 minute 17 seconds left. It was the Stallions' only completion.
Bendorf, who took Oakton to the AAA Division 6 championship game in 2002, said that Saturday's win with a roster full of underclassmen was among the sweetest he's had.
"It was very emotional, because a lot of them had come from Hayfield," Bendorf said. "I also felt for [Hayfield Coach Billy Pugh], because so many of those guys had been there before."
-- Sean P. Flynn