Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) did what no other team could do this season, holding No. 10 Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach) scoreless until the second half for a 29-19 victory in a in 6A South Region quarterfinal Friday.
With the win, the Tigers host Dale (Chester) in a state semifinal next Saturday.
It was sweet revenge for Oscar Smith (12-1), which was knocked out of the state semifinals last season by the Dolphins (12-1), who went on to win the state title.
Ocean Lakes hurt itself with penalties and two long touchdown runs by running back Khalan Laborn were called back for penalties.
Down 20-0, the Dolphins staged a furious rally, cutting the lead to 20-19 with 1:23 to play on a short run by Laborn, following a big interception by Anthony Womack. However, the point-after kick bounced off the crossbar.
When Oscar Smith recovered the ensuing onside kick, to the Dolphins’ 2-yard line, the game was pretty much over, but the Tigers scored, on a 2-yard run by Kourtney Johnson to make sure. Oscar Lakes was called for an illegal forward pass on its kickoff return from its end zone, resulting in a safety in the final moments.
The Tigers opened the game’s scoring on a 4-yard run by Deangelo White. Oscar Smith quarterback Shon Mitchell connected with Kevin Todd for a 40-yard touchdown pass to put the Tigers up 13-0 in the first quarter. Mitchell threw another touchdown pass, this one for 35-yards, to Khalik Perry, to put his team up 20-0.
Ocean Lakes didn’t score until the second half when Tylan McElhenie caught a screen pass and went 31 yards for a touchdown. A few moments later, following an 80-yard, 11-play drive, Jake Low ran for a 14-yard touchdown to cut the Tigers’ lead to 20-13.