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North Stafford High 2004 Div. 5 State Championship

Varsity - 2004 Season
Posted Saturday, September 06, 2008 by Washington Post
RICHMOND, Dec. 11 -- In Saturday's state championship game, North Stafford almost mustered one final bit of the late-game magic that had been a staple of its thrilling run through the Virginia AAA Division 5 football playoffs.

But, after recovering two fumbles and an onside kick in the fourth quarter, No. 4 North Stafford's comeback from a 21-point deficit fell eight points short. Meadowbrook, meantime, overcame a bad first quarter to capture its first state championship with a 35-27 win over the Wolverines at  University of Richmond Stadium. After North Stafford took a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter, Meadowbrook surged back with five consecutive scores and took a 35-14 lead. North Stafford scored twice in the fourth quarter and trailed by eight with more than three minutes left when Jeremy Whicker recovered an onside kick. But that was as close as the Wolverines (13-1) would come to becoming the first Stafford County school to win a state championship.

"The kids and everyone involved should be real proud of all they accomplished," North Stafford Coach Eric Cooke said. "They've taken steps that no other team at North Stafford has taken."After years of mediocrity, undersized Meadowbrook (13-1) sailed through a miracle season, which included winning its first region title; capturing a semifinal victory over Hampton by forcing a fumble at the goal line in the final minute; and outlasting a much larger North Stafford team in the state championship.

Running back Teorn Whitlock rushed for 145 yards, and quarterback Christopher Walker completed 9 of 15 passes for 173 yards.

North Stafford had cruised through the regular season to win a AAA Commonwealth District title, then toughed out three nail-biting wins in the postseason to advance to Saturday's final. The region title and final appearance were North Stafford's first ever.

"We were a family -- it wasn't about senior leadership, it was about having a great team," senior lineman Antonio North said. "We couldn't have asked for anything greater this season."

The Wolverines scored the first 14 points of the game during the first quarter, overpowering a Meadowbrook line that was smaller by 40 pounds per player. But the Monarchs' wing-T offense, with misdirection plays run by its quicker players, overwhelmed North Stafford the rest of the way.

North Stafford's talented defense, led by senior tackle Cordarrow Thompson, was in charge for almost all of the first quarter, using a barrage of blitzes to stop Meadowbrook's running backs behind the line of scrimmage. Meadowbrook had one first down in the quarter, and the Wolverines' offense capitalized on good field position. Junior quarterback Kyle Lloyd scored on a pair of one-yard sneaks to give the Wolverines a 14-0 lead.

But in the second quarter, Meadowbrook adjusted, the lead collapsed and the Wolverines could not recover until the Monarchs had built a three-touchdown lead. "Our guards were having some problems with their big guy [Thompson]," Meadowbrook Coach Bill Bowles said. "The coaches made some adjustments, and we were able to handle them a little better."

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