With just less than five minutes to play in the quarter, Crimson Tide senior quarterback Lamel Matthews broke off a 50-yard run and was pushed out of bounds near the goal line. After that play, Options Coach Derek Deane asked that the game be halted.
“We had a lot of players who were completely dehydrated, to the point where a lot of injuries were being sustained,” Deane said. “And given the fact that a lot of our numbers are limited anyway, we dressed only 22 [players], we were running into nutrition problems. We just didn’t have enough bodies. . . .
“It had nothing at all to do with the score.”
Said Dunbar Coach Jerron Joe, “I was sorta kinda surprised simply because they actually did a good job.
“We were only up, 14-0, at the half. They were doing a real good job, and then for whatever reason they decided to call it quits.”
Options is a public charter school that targets students with special needs, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral issues.
Demornay Pierson-El scored on a 78-yard screen pass late in the third quarter as the Wolverines overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to stun the Wildcats in a Virginia AAA nondistrict game in Alexandria.
West Potomac (2-0) stopped Centreville (1-1) on a crucial fourth-down play with approximately eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, then killed more than seven minutes of clock before a 22-yard field goal by Chris Blewitt gave them a seven-point lead in the final minute.
“This win means the world,” West Potomac first-year Coach Jeremiah Davis said. “We sent a message to the region, the state and our school that we’re a force to be reckoned with.”