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...
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