Woodbridge had not beaten a team with a winning record in two years and missed out on the playoffs last year for the first time in eight seasons. The Vikings had lost two tight games in demoralizing fashion the past two weeks.
No. 15 Stonewall Jackson, meantime, had scored at least 28 points in each game and was aiming for the first unbeaten and untied regular season in school history.
So what happens Friday night at Woodbridge? The Vikings knock off Stonewall, 17-7, to surge into the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 6 playoffs by limiting the Raiders to one first down in the second half, squelching Stonewall’s bid to do something no Raiders football team had done since the school opened 40 years ago.
Woodbridge (6-4) took a 14-0 lead in the first half on a 13-yard run by senior Jaylen Avent and a short pass that senior Logan Farrar fashioned into a 65-yard touchdown, and the Vikings chewed the last 8 minutes 22 seconds off the clock by grinding out four first downs to deny Stonewall (9-1) even a shot at a comeback.