Jahque Alleyne Caps Off HS Career With Title

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Frank Beamer talks to Alleyne during VT's July 14 Camp
Frank Beamer talks to Alleyne during VT’s July 14 Camp

Last Saturday evening at the University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium, the final Virginia High School League game of the day was over and the scoreboard read:

Ocean Lakes 30, Centreville 24

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) had just captured the VHSL 6A state championship, but 6’1”, 175-pound senior free safety/wide receiver Jahque Alleyne had a surreal feeling when asked how it felt to be a state champion.

“It feels like a dream honestly,” Alleyne said.

Later on in the interview, Alleyne found the words to express what Ocean Lakes’ state championship win meant to him and his team.

“It means a lot because our school has never won a state championship,” Alleyne said. “The first time we had been here was 2012. I was a sophomore. I was on the team, but I didn’t start. I didn’t play that much, except for kick-off. We fell short then. This year we said we wasn’t going to fall short. We got it done.”

Last year, Centreville handily defeated a favored Oscar Smith squad to capture the 6A crown. The defending champion Wildcats didn’t go down without a fight, though Ocean Lakes appeared to have the game well in hand when Arizona State recruit Jaason Lewis rushed 53 yards for a touchdown that gave the Dolphins a 24-10 lead with 5:34 remaining in the game.

Centreville kept fighting, however. The Wildcats responded with big plays from JMU-bound seniors Xavier Nickens-Yzer (45-yard touchdown run) and Charles Tutt