BACK-TO-BACK; Skyhawks win second straight state championship

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The Lloyd C. Bird High School football program has one of richest traditions in the state of Virginia. That tradition was further cemented by a big time run by Earl Hughes in the 4th quarter as the Skyhawks repeated as state champions, defeating Briar Woods 35-28 last Saturday.

“I’ll be honest with you,” said L.C. Bird Head Coach David Bedwell. “I don’t remember anything after sometime during the third quarter,” he explained. “Besides that move that [Earl] Hughes made on the scoring run.”

Bird battled back from a 21-6 halftime deficit to eventually tie the game at 28. On a sweep out to the right, a juke move worthy of Madden Football sent safety and Briar Woods star player Trace McSorley to the ground as “Snug” raced down the sideline for the decisive 29-yard score with four minutes to play. The move and score sent social media into a frenzy, as Hughes was a top ten trending topic in the United States on Twitter during the game.

“It feels good,” said Hughes, “I just come out here and play football with my brothers.”

Despite all the attention and fanfare, Hughes wasn’t the only star of the show. Terrance Ervin, who suffered a broken clavicle in his throwing shoulder early in the game, completed 16-32 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, playing through the pain.

“He [Ervin] wasn’t coming out, whenever the trainer would come by he’d walk to the other end of the field,” said Bedwell. “He’s a gritty kid; a great player, he’s one of the best football players I’ve been around in a long time.”

After Vanderbilt bound quarterback Trace McSorley led his team to a 21-6 lead at the half, adjustments had to be made as Briar Woods’ 21 points in the first half were seven more than Bird had allowed in a game all season.

“We had to do, what we had to do,” said defensive end Mike Harris. “Coach came in and did some yelling, but he was confident he had a team that could win a state championship.”

After a two-yard plunge by Hughes and an Ervin quarterback sneak for scores (missed XP) to make it 21-20, Briar Woods’ McSorley connected with wide out Melvin Holland Jr. for a 78-yard score on the first play of the Falcon’s drive making it 28-20. Another successful Skyhawk drive ended in an 11-yard Ervin pass to Hughes that tied the game at 28 after a two-point conversion.

On Briar Wood’s subsequent drive, a Trace McSorley pass bounced off the hands of his receiver and into the hands of Worsham, playing safety.

“I knew that if he didn’t catch the ball, I’d have a chance to,” Worsham said.

That interception set up the game-winning drive and sent the Skyhawk faithful into a euphoric celebration at UVA’s Scott Stadium.

Hughes finished the game with 192 yards rushing, setting the single season school record for rushing yards in a season with 3,128 yards. The record was previously held by Hampton University running back Paul Robertson. Hughes’ 45 total touchdowns also broke a record previously held by Yahkee Johnson (Nassau Community College) with 38.

After dominating Dominion District for fifteen years, all Bird was missing was a state crown. Now, they have two. The members of the 2012 and 2013 teams will go down as having played on arguably the best two teams in a storied history.

The missing link was a quarterback to compliment a historically strong running game that featured many college athletes and two NFL running backs in former Minnesota Viking Doug Chapman and current Atlanta Falcons fullback Jason Snelling.

“The proof is in the pudding,” said Bedwell. “Terrance [Ervin] was 29-0 as a starter.”

As their goal crept closer, Bedwell and his coaching staff discussed what would be this year’s team’s legacy.

“The legacy that this team will leave is back to back state championships, 29 wins in a row, and 15 wins this season,” stated Bedwell.

The good news for Skyhawks fans is that there’s just nine months until L.C. Bird goes for win number 30.

“Football is important at Bird High School,” explained Bedwell. “We love the fact that our community follows us and that we put a good product on the field,” he continued. “That’s what we want to be known for.”

Skyhawk Nation was treated to a Division 5A State Championship just in time for the holiday season.

Bird School Records Set in 2013

Individual Game Records

Points Scored:  32 by Earl Hughes (breaks 30 points, 6 times)

Touchdowns:  5 by Earl Hughes(tie) - (matched by 6 other players)

Carries:  45 by Earl Hughes(tie) - (tied Paul Robertson in 2012)

Passing Yards:  265 by Terrance Ervin - (broke own record of 233 yds set in 2012)

Pass Completions:  16 by Terrance Ervin - (broke own record of 14 set in 2012)

Pass Attempts:  32 by Terrance Ervin - (broke 31 by Robbie Bodenhamer in 1990)

Receiving Yards:  190 by Rasheed Worsham - (broke 140 by Kevin Grayson set in 2005)

Most TD Receptions:  3 by Rasheed Worsham(tie) - (tied Eric McBride in set in 2005)

Individual Regular Season

Yards Per Carry:  11.2 by Stephen Mines (broke 10.4 by John Taylor in 2001)

Passing Yards:  1324 by Terrance Ervin (broke own record of 1175 set in 2012)

Pass Completions:  70 by Terrance Ervin (broke own record of 68 set in 2012)

Receiving Yards:  685 by Rasheed Worsham (broke 522 by Brandon Williams in 2009)

Receiving TD's:  11 by Rasheed Worsham (broke 9 by Brandon Williams set in 2009)

Return TD's:  5 by Earl Hughes (broke 3 by Eric McBride set in 2005)

Pass Receptions:  34 by Rasheed Worsham (broke 26 by Darius Hawkins in 2012)

Punt Returns:  21 by Earl Hughes(tie) - (tied 21 by Scooter Harris set in 1991)

Punt Return Yards:  382 by Earl Hughes - (broke 270 set by Scooter Harris in 1991)

Average Yds per Punt Return:  18.2 by Earl Hughes - (broke 17.0 by Jerry Brown set in 2008)

Individual Career

Passing Yards:  3666 by Terrance Ervin - (broke 2732 by Jonathan Hughes set in 2003-06)

Passing TDs:  50 by Terrance Ervin - (broke 28 by Jonathan Hughes set in 2003-06)

Pass Attempts:  404 by Terrance Ervin - (broke 346 by Jonathan Hughes set in 2003-06)

Pass Completions:  212 by Terrance Ervin - (broke 175 by Jonathan Hughes set in 2003-06)

Receptions:  86 by Rasheed Worsham - (broke 54 by Ryan Sharkey set in 1989-91)

Receiving Yards:  1566 by Rasheed Worsham - (broke 840 by Junior Hylton set in 1985-87)

Receiving TD's:  23 by Rasheed Worsham - (broke 9 by Brandon Williams set in 2008-09)

Average Yds per Punt Return:  18.6 by Earl Hughes - (broke 16.0 set by Donte Meekins in 2009)

Return TD's:  5 by Earl Hughes - (broke 4 set by 3 players)

Individual Season (Regular Season and Playoffs)

Points Scored:  276 by Earl Hughes - (broke 228 by Yahkee Johnson set in 2011)

Total TD's:  45 by Earl Hughes - (broke 38 by Yahkee Johnson set in 2011)

Rushing Yards:  3128 by Earl Hughes - (broke 2935 by Paul Robertson seet in 2012)

Passing Yards:  2065 by Terrance Ervin - (broke own record of 1601 set in 2012)

Pass Completions:  116 by Terrance Ervin - (broke own record of 96 set in 2012)

Touchdown Passes:  27 by Terrance Ervin - (broke own record of 23 set in 2012)

Receptions:  54 by Rasheed Worsham - (broke 37 by Darius Hawkins set in 2012)

Receiving Yards:  1008 by Rasheed Worsham - (broke 654 by Darius Hawkins set in 2012)

Receiving TD's:  15 by Rasheed Worsham - (broke 9 by Brandon Williams in 2009)

Playoffs Only

Points Scored:  92 by Earl Hughes - (broke 66 by Paul Robertson set in 2012)

Total TD's:  15 by Earl Hughes - (broke 11 by Paul Robertson set in 2012)

Rushing Yards:  1227 by Earl Hughes - (broke 1144 by Paul Robertson in 2012)

Passing Yards:  741 by Terrance Ervin - (broke own record of 426 set in 2012)

TD Passes:  10 by Terrance Ervin - (broke own record of 5 set in 2012)

Receptions:  20 by Rasheed Worsham - (broke 11 by Darius Hawkins set in 2012)

Receiving Yards:  323 by Rasheed Worsham - (broke 249 by Darius Hawkins set in 2012)

Team Game Records

Longest Winning Streak:  29

Points Scored:  73 (broke 72 set in 2004)

Total Yards:  637 - (broke 571 set in 2012)

Rushing Yards:  510 - (broke 473 set in 1990)

Passing Yards:  265 - (broke 263 set in 2012)

Pass Attempts:  32 - (broke 31 set in 1990)

Pass Completions:  16 - (broke 14 set in 2012)

Least First Downs Allowed:  0 (tie) - (tied 0 set in 1982)

Least Total Yards Allowed:  -75 - (broke -1 set in 2010)

Least Rushing Yards Allowed:  -75 - (broke -44 set in 1992)

Team Season Records (Regular Season)

Point Scored:  504 - (broke 374 set in 2011)

Margin of Victory:  456 points - (broke 299 set in 2012)

Total Yards:  4542 - (broke 3751 set in 2012)

Passing Yards:  1361 - (broke 1205 set in 2012)

Completions:  73 - (broke 69 set in 2012)

Least Total Yards Allowed:  859 - (broke 1273 set in 2011)

Least Rush Yards Allowed:  199 - (broke 517 set in 2011)

Least First Downs Allowed:  60 - (broke 63 set in 1983 and 1985)

Sacks by Defense:  32 - (broke 29 set in 1982 and 2012)

Penalty Yards For:  1339 - (broke 1099 set in 2006)

Return TD's:  11 - (broke 9 set in 2005)

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