-- James Monroe asks a lot of its dual threat quarterback, and the dynamic Delano Green usually has the answers for the Yellow Jackets -- but not Saturday.
Green was intercepted five times in a 27-21 loss at Turner Ashby, which advanced to the Virginia AA championship game next Saturday against Richlands.
"Delano has been wonderful for us all year long, so I have nothing but praise for him," James Monroe Coach Rich Serbay said. "If that's the way the season has to end, that's the way the season ends."
Despite the turnovers, Green kept the Yellow Jackets (11-2) competitive until the end. The senior connected with Jamel Brooks on a 27-yard touchdown pass to close the deficit to 27-21 with 4 minutes 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
The game came down to a fourth-and-seven situation for Turner Ashby with 2:20 remaining. Just as the Knights (11-2) had done all afternoon, they looked to the ground game for a crucial first down. After the play was backed up five yards on a false start penalty, Micah Zwanzig barreled up the middle for 10 yards.
James Monroe never got the ball back, ending a season that surpassed expectations.
"Nobody predicted us to be here. Nobody expected us to be here," Serbay said. "I know our fans are disappointed, but our fans have to understand we got the most mileage out of these kids we could possibly get out of them.
"There's nothing left. I feel like a car that just ran out of gas. We ran out of gas today."
Green, who finished 14-of-28 passing for 224 yards and rushed 15 times for 115 yards, shrugged off the interceptions afterward.
"We still were in the game, so I didn't care anyway. Those five picks really didn't hurt us. We could have had that stop and gotten into the end zone," Green said.
Turner Ashby never trailed, and scored a pivotal touchdown midway through the third quarter after blocking Green's punt and taking possession one yard from the end zone. The Knights scored two plays later on Zwanzig's second touchdown run to take their largest lead at 21-7.