When: Saturday, 12:07 p.m. Where: Scott Stadium at University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Tickets: $10.
Lake Taylor (14-0) rallied past North Stafford, 23-21, on a last-second field goal to reach its first final since 1982.
When Stone Bridge has the ball: The Bulldogs’ single-wing offense has proved efficient all season, with Sterling Dailey rushing for at least 100 yards and a touchdown in his past seven games. Meantime, Stanford recruit Ryan Burns has thrown for a school-record 2,423 yards, with D’Ante Yarborough (40 catches, 1,070 yards, 18 touchdowns) as the main beneficiary. Stone Bridge will be challenged by Lake Taylor defensive end Jalyn Holmes, who has 74 tackles and 11 sacks for a Titan defense that has given up fewer than 200 net rushing yards this season.
When Lake Taylor has the ball: The Titans light up the scoreboard, averaging 45 points per contest behind a veer offense. Quarterback Delmon Williams has thrown for 33 touchdowns while the one-two punch of Brandon Moore and Daquan Davis have totaled more than 3,200 rushing yards and 44 scores. Stone Bridge senior lineman and Alabama recruit Jonathan Allen will be charged with generating a pass rush to thwart the Lake Taylor attack.
Skinny: While Stone Bridge is looking for its first state crown since 2007, the Titans are trying to make history as the school’s first boys’ state champion in any sport. With each team running a non-traditional offense while boasting a strong defense, building an early lead could be key in gaining confidence in what should be a close contest.