Virginia 6A state championship
No. 2 Centreville vs. Oscar Smith
When: Saturday, 4:07 p.m.
Where: Scott Stadium at the University of Virginia
How they got here: Centreville (14-0) defeated Concorde District rival Westfield for the second time this season, downing the Bulldogs 35-14 behind Scott Walter’s three total touchdowns. Oscar Smith (14-0) blanked Colonial Forge, 17-0, as Deshawn McClease rushed 46 times for 206 yards and a touchdown.
When Centreville has the ball: Based in the wing-T offense, the Wildcats have racked up yards and touchdowns all season behind playmakers Walter, A.J. Turner (1,508 total yards, 30 touchdowns), Charles Tutt (14 touchdowns) and Taylor Boose (1,099 rushing yards). The speed and power possessed by this quartet has allowed Centreville to turn short runs and passes into big gains and break open games in a matter of seconds. Doing so won’t be easy against Oscar Smith, which has allowed just 68 points all season and boasts the Gatorade National Player of the Year in defensive lineman Andrew Brown (18 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and eight forced fumbles).
When Oscar Smith has the ball: The Tigers possess a balanced attack in McClease and freshman quarterback Shon Mitchell II, who has thrown for 2,320 yards and 35 touchdowns. The Tigers have scored at least 35 points in 12 of their 14 games this year. Linebacker Chad Wiggins and defensive backs Turner and Tutt will look to create turnovers in slowing down the Tigers’ efficient offense.
Skinny: These two teams met in the 2011 Virginia AAA Divison 6 championship game, with the Tigers prevailing 47-21 to win their second title. Centreville is seeking its first crown since 2000, when the Wildcats defeated Deep Creek, 28-26. Wildcats Coach Chris Haddock said Centreville has practiced at an indoor facility for most of the week because of the winter storm but he’s been pleased with the progress made during each full-pad session.