Best Celebration: After taking a shotgun draw and sprinting untouched up the middle of the field for a 40-yard fourth-quarter touchdown, Manassas Park QB Jay Terrell executed his own version of the famed "Lambeau Leap" -- he propped himself on the waist-high fence in back of the end zone as a handful of Cougars fans slapped him on the helmet and shoulders in celebration. There was one problem: A holding penalty was called on the play, so the celebration went for naught. But four plays later, Terrell scored again from three yards for the Cougars' final score in a 27-6 win over Washington & Lee in a Virginia A Division 2 semifinal.
Most Efficient: Sherwood QB Deontay Twyman completed 13 of 17 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 14-7 victory over Douglass in a Maryland 4A semifinal. One of the incompletions was a dropped pass, and the interception came after the ball was tipped by a Sherwood receiver.
Most Bang for the Buck: Gwynn Park senior RB William Johnson carried just 12 times, but five of his rushes went for more than 10 yards as he averaged 6.5 yards per carry. He also returned a River Hill fumble 84 yards for a touchdown in the Yellow Jackets' 30-21 win in a Maryland 3A semifinal.
Best Finish: Andrew Banks had a rough start, but the Gwynn Park quarterback completed 6 of 7 passes after halftime for 71 yards and a touchdown. He finished 8 of 11 for 84 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Biggest Monkey: The third time proved to be the charm for Stone Bridge. After losing in the 2002 and 2003 state semifinals, the Bulldogs romped to a 52-12 victory over Matoaca in a Virginia AAA Division 5 semifinal to advance to their first state title game. "We've always lost in this game," Stone Bridge senior Shamar Knight-Justice said, "and we knew it would be harder playing in Division 5, but it was such a big win for us to finally get over that hump."
Best Malfunction: For most of the first quarter, the scoreboard clock at Stone Bridge was not working and time was kept on the field. That was good news for Matoaca, which did not see how time was slipping away from it. As a result of a fumbled kickoff and an onside kick, the Warriors did not run their first play from scrimmage until less than three minutes were left in the quarter. Stone Bridge was already up 14-0, and had three offensive possessions. "We were putting it away right there," said Stone Bridge senior Tony Lowrey, who recovered a fumbled Matoaca kickoff return. "When I got that [fumble] I knew we had them right there."
Best Effort in a Loss: RB Joe Oher rushed for 156 yards on 29 carries in Sherando's 21-17 loss to Powhatan in a Virginia AA Division 4 semifinal, while Powhatan's four rushers combined for 88 yards. Oher finished the season with 2,258 yards and 29 rushing touchdowns.
Career Bests: Oakton senior QB Kevin Houghton and senior WR Ervin Garner couldn't have picked better days to set their best marks. Houghton was 9 of 14 for a career-high 233 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard hookup with Garner in the first quarter. Garner caught five passes for a career-high 136 yards. Those performances helped Oakton top L.C. Bird, 19-16, in a Virginia AAA Division 6 semifinal.
Compiled by Josh Barr, Rich Campbell, Liam Dillon, Jeff Ermann, Alan Goldenbach and Daniel Lyght.