Reston, VA

South Lakes High School football 2013/Photo by Mike Heffner, Vita ImagesThe good news: South Lakes football team has gone from winning one single game in 2011 to a 5-5 record and a spot in the VHSL Regionals this year.

The bad news: The Seahawks have to travel to 10-0 Centreville to play a road game against one of the top teams in Virginia.

Marvin Wooten, coach of No. 16 seed South Lakes says neither he nor the team is intimidated by the Conference 6 top seed.

“We are not intimidated at all,” said the third-year coach. “We know Centreville is a very good team – one of the best in the state. But this is a chance for us to showcase how good we are. I am as confident as I have been all season long.”

Wooten says the game plan remains the same but “we have a few subtle tricks up our sleeve.” The key is to get the ball and make plays, play our defense and special teams.”

After losing several close games in 2012 to finish 3-7, the Seahawks started 2013 with a goal of playing in the postseason. With that goal met, the team has a new confidence, he said.

“Our No. 1 goal was to see improvement,” Wooten said. “The seniors in particular have worked hard,” he said. “It is good for the younger kids too as we want to develop players who continue to improve. I am very optimistic about our program.”

Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. at Centreville.

(Photo by Mike Heffner/Vita Images)


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