Glennon Leads Westfield to State Title Game

Glennon Leads Westfield to State Title Game

NC State commitment Mike Glennon led No. 1 Westfield to the Virginia AAA Division 6 championship game with a 24-21 win over Oscar Smith in the semifinal.

NC State commitment Mike Glennon led No. 1 Westfield to the Virginia AAA Division 6 championship game with a 24-21 win over Oscar Smith in the semifinal.

Westfield, playing on the road, led much of the game. The Bulldogs increased its lead to 17-7 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter following a one-yard touchdown run by Glennon.

Oscar Smith, led by North Carolina verbal Todd Harrelson and Maryland commit Kerry Boykins, didn't fold. After falling behind by 10, quarterback Phillip Sims would connect with Harrelson for two touchdowns, the final one giving Oscar Smith a 21-17 lead with seven minutes remaining in the contest.

Westfield, trailing this late in a game for the first time all season, would come back behind the arm of their 6-foot-6 gunslinger. Glennon's leadership and ability to stay composed late in the game was big. He converted on third down twice and had a huge fourth-down conversion in the redzone that extended the game-winning drive. On third-and-goal from the five, Glennon found an open receiver for the touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 24-21 advantage with three minutes left.

Oscar Smith figured to have a chance to win the game on its final drive, but their returner fumble the kickoff and the miscue was recovered by Westfield. The Bulldogs wouldn't give it back, as Glennon converted a quarterback sneak on fourth down to end the contest.

Unofficially, Glennon completed 18-of-34 passes for 270 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also added a touchdown rushing. Playing in an offense based on balance (last week Westfield rushed for 522 yards), Glennon has totaled 2,435 yards passing with 31 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He has completed over 70% of his passes, and he has also rushed for another five scores.

Phillip Sims, Oscar Smith's sophomore quarterback, had a huge day. He completed 26-of-43 passes for 480 yards and three touchdowns with just one interception. Harrelson was unstoppable, as Westfield doesn't encounter many athletes as talented as him and Boykins. Harrelson unofficially totaled an astounding 354 yards receiving on 15 receptions with three touchdowns in a losing cause.

Westfield (14-0) advances to the Virginia AAA Division 6 title game where they will face Woodbridge (8-4) next weekend. The Bulldogs are expected to be the heavy favorite, as Glennon and company will be looking to win their second state title in five years.

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