VIRGINIA BEACH — Hylton’s journey back to greatness hit another postseason roadblock Saturday.
Stymied by a fierce defensive front, the Bulldogs, vying to return to the state final for the first time since 2002, fell 21-14 to Ocean Lakes of Virginia Beach in a Group AAA Division 6 state semifinal at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
The Dolphins (14-0) erupted for 21 second-quarter points, including a crucial 35-yard run on fourth and one to the Hylton one-yard line and a backbreaking 57-yard touchdown pass in the half’s closing seconds.
“We were stopping them,” senior linebacker E.J. Levenberry said, “but we gave up big plays toward the end of the half. Those big plays hurt us in the long run.”
The ninth-ranked Bulldogs (10-3), who gained just 46 total yards in the first half, regrouped and struck early after the break.