Sixth-ranked Stone Bridge might have been unsuccessful in its first state title game, but quarterback Terence Glenn put on a show Saturday, impressing even the thousands of Hampton fans who made the short trek here after the game was moved from Richmond because of inclement weather.
Hampton won, 15-8, in the Virginia AAA Division 5 championship game, but the first time a Crabber got a hand on Glenn at Todd Stadium seemed to come as he was walking through the postgame throng. Hampton players, coaches, parents and even some of the approximately 4,000 fans at the game sought out the 16-year-old junior for a handshake and a well-deserved pat on the back.
"Everyone was just congratulating me, and I know it's great to even make it this far because not many people get an opportunity to even play in a game like this," Glenn said. "I guess we over-achieved all year . . . but that doesn't mean we didn't deserve this. We will be back."
The loss ended Stone Bridge's season at 12-2, with the defeats coming against the two AAA state champions -- Hampton and Oakton (28-6 on Sept. 16).
Glenn threw for a career-high 233 yards and rushed for a team-high 63, leading the Bulldogs in a fourth-quarter rally that fell short only when Hampton senior defensive back Aubrey Meekins knocked the ball loose on a pass play to the Crabbers 2 with 3 minutes 14 seconds to play.
It was one of four turnovers for the Bulldogs, who fumbled twice more -- including another inside the Crabbers 5-yard line -- and were intercepted once. Hampton (13-1) gained two first downs to run out the clock and secure its 17th state championship, most of any school in the state.
"The ball was tucked away every time, I don't think we were doing anything careless," Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson said. "They just got their hands in there and made a play. Today I think we controlled everything that we could control. We just didn't have fate on our side, I guess."
Hampton junior quarterback Tyrod Taylor, one of the most highly recruited players in the state, led the Crabbers with 114 yards rushing, including a 50-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. Taylor also engineered a time-consuming, 12-play scoring drive on Hampton's first possession of the third quarter for a 15-0 lead.
Glenn took over after that. Trailing by two scores, Stone Bridge went away from its tight, single-wing set and instead lined up in a spread formation with four or five wide receivers. Glenn completed 13 of his final 17 passes for 138 yards during the Bulldogs' last two drives -- and two of the incompletions were dropped passes.
"Terence made plays all over the field," Thompson said. "He's grown up so much, it's amazing. He took the team on his back, basically, and made every play he needed to give us a chance to win. I know everyone wants to talk about the Hampton quarterback, but I sure thought Terence was the quarterback to be noticed out there."