Hayfield senior Brian Cobbs sank a game-winner at the buzzer to give the Hawks a 56-53 win over Hylton in the 6C region semifinals Friday night.
Cobbs’ three-pointer advances Hayfield to the region championship game Saturday against South County. That contest will be at Robinson Secondary School and start at 8 p.m.
Cobbs’s latest heroics extended a remarkable run for the senior forward and his Hayfield teammates. The Hawks have not lost since January, capturing the Gunston District championship last week after finishing third in the regular season. The play of Cobbs — a football star who will be playing at Maryland next year — has been a big reason for that. He was voted MVP of the Gunston District Tournament, and his big shot Friday now has the Hawks qualified for the state tournament.
On the game-winner, Cobbs was the recipient of a perfect length-of-the-court pass from senior guard DeMonte Richardson. Richardson’s sidearm heave hit Cobbs in stride, allowing him set his feet behind the arc and quickly let fly as a Hylton defender closed on him. The shot hit nothing but the bottom of the net, setting off a jubilant celebration among Hawk players and fans.
Cobbs finished with 22 points, while senior guard Luke Jones had 13 points and sophomore forward Daniel Peterson had 11. You can read a full game story at PrinceWilliamTimes.com.
South County crushed Woodbridge 74-48 in the other semifinal matchup.
The Hayfield girls lost their regional semifinal matchup 60-43 to Woodbridge.
Both the Edison boys and girls teams both fell tonight in their 5C region final games. The Eagle boys lost 64-62 on a last-second shot at Wakefield, while the Lady Eagles lost 56-46 to Freedom-South Riding. Both Edison squads will continue in the state tournament next weekend.