Stone Bridge High's football team had lost eight of its last nine Virginia Class 5 state championship appearances in the past 21 years, three of them against their state title opponents on Saturday: Highland Springs.
“It was hard for me to get excited about this game because I just couldn’t stomach another loss," Stone Bridge coach Mickey Thompson told the Washington Post.
A wild finish saw Stone Bridge overcome that history in spectacular fashion as quarterback Billy Wiles rolled to his right and threw the game-winning touchdown across his body to wide receiver Jacob Thomas, who made an incredible one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone.
Stone Bridge, located in Ashburn, Va. just four miles from the Washington Football Team's headquarters, had done it, defeating Highland Springs, 13-10. The crowd went nuts.
Yeah, that's certainly worthy of No. 1 on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays from Saturday - a day that included dozens of NBA, NHL and MLB games and the Kentucky Derby. ESPN judged nothing as good as what Stone Bridge did to end a season that was pushed back from the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wiles, a preferred walk-on commit to Clemson, drove Stone Bridge down to the one-yard line in regulation. Thompson called a timeout with 2.8 seconds remaining to set up a game-winning field goal attempt from 18 yards away. The kick went left.
Highland Springs made a field goal in overtime to put the pressure back on Stone Bridge to overcome their demons of yesteryear.
Another promising drive down to the one-yard line was canceled out by an illegal block. The odds were stacked against Stone Bridge, and an eighth consecutive loss in a title game looked the more likely outcome on a third-and-16 desperation heave.
Thomas did the rest.