Nine games into a season that saw Centreville dominate its opponents by a scoring margin of 468-87 and record three shutouts, the No. 2 Wildcats faced their first bit of adversity in the first quarter of Friday’s regular-season finale against Robinson — they were losing.
But the 7-0 deficit quickly vanished into a 45-9 rout, as Centreville scored touchdowns through the air, on the ground and in special teams. A.J. Turner led the charge by catching, rushing for and passing for a touchdown.
With the win, the Wildcats clinched the top seed in the Virginia 6A North region, won their first Concorce District title since 2001 and secured their second undefeated regular season in school history.
“Having the number one seed is really big for us, to have our games at home with a great crowd behind us,” Wildcats Coach Chris Haddock said. “We know it will be a tough tournament, so it’s a benefit to be at the top seeding-wise.”
Centreville is just two years removed from reaching the Virginia AAA Division 6 state final, where it lost to Oscar Smith, 47-21, in 2011. That loss, along with last year’s second-round defeat against Oakton, continues to motivate a team that Haddock said stands as his most talented. And with the Wildcats starters playing an entire game once this season, it’s safe to say the team’s full potential has yet to be realized.
“Every week, you want to take care of the football, and we’ve had a few more penalties than I’d like to see,” Haddock said. “But with a few guys who were banged up coming back in the next week, I think if we continue to do what we’ve been doing and bring our best effort, we’ll be in good shape.”
Centreville will open postseason play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against South Lakes (5-5).
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