James Monroe Coach Rich Serbay said that watching his offense play is like seeing a fast-break offense. Receiver P.J. Hayden said participating in the offense is like running in a track meet.
Whatever the case, the Yellow Jackets' tremendous speed was on display in yesterday's Virginia AA Region I Division 3 championship game at Maury Stadium in Fredericksburg. James Monroe amassed 430 offensive yards and 134 return yards and scampered to a 54-41 win over visiting York.
"We've got playmakers," senior quarterback Delano Green said. "We've got nothing but speed on one side of the ball. There's no way to contain that."
The Yellow Jackets (11-1) won their first region title since 1996, when they were AA Division 3 state champions. They will travel to Bridgewater to play Turner Ashby in the state semifinals next weekend.
Green was the offensive star, rushing for 190 yards and three touchdowns and passing for another 146 yards and three touchdowns. The score was tied at 7 when he broke the game open on a pair of runs in the second quarter. On the first, he kept the ball himself on a draw play through the middle, cut left and simply outran everybody else to give the Yellow Jackets the lead. After York (7-4) punted on its next drive, Green broke through four plays later, slicing his way through the defense and rushing 54 yards for a touchdown and a 20-7 lead.
"When Delano's in open space, you can't catch him," Serbay said. "He's the most elusive quarterback I've seen in 23 years at this school."
Junior Jamel Brooks had 95 rushing yards, and he turned a screen pass into a 57-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Hayden added a 52-yard touchdown catch on another screen pass, and he had a 40-yard kick return in the first quarter.
York's offense was only a step behind. Running back Sean Blow gained 186 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, and Maceo Holmes had 182 yards and five touchdowns on 29 carries. But once the Eagles fell behind, they could never make the full comeback, as James Monroe's offense always had an answer.
"We played good enough on defense to win," Serbay said. "Our offense is hard to stop. We've got kids who can run."