The Hayfield Hawks made history on March 11, 2022 in the Boys Virginia Class 6 State Championships at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. The Hawks came in with an unblemished record of 31-0, facing a battle tested Battlefield Bobcats who just days before defeated conference rival and undefeated Patriot High School;55-54.
Battlefield would take an early 1st quarter lead 18-16 after 8 minutes of play. However , the Bobcats would be held to 11 points in the 2nd quarter while allowing 17 points. Hayfield would continue the surge forward in the 3rd quarter outscoring Battlefield 21-10, taking a 54-39 advantage going into the final quarter. Again in the 4th quarter the Hawks would outscore the Bobcats 13-8 and take home the schools first State basketball championship with a dominating 67-47 win.
Both teams would convert on six three point attempts, but the difference in this game was the free throw shooting as Hayfield made 15 of 20 from the charity stripe while Battlefield made 60% but only made it to the line 5 times. Battlefield also turned the ball over 24 times and many of those converted into points.
Greg Jones led Hayfield with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Teammate David King added 12 points and 7 rebounds, while DJ Holloway had 11 points and Braylon Wheeler added 10.
Battlefield was led by Maddux Tennant with 12 points and 4 steals. Bryce Hammersley and Hasan Hammad each had 9 points while teammate Chase Nelson added 8 points.
Hayfield Coach Carlos Poindexter credits his team over the season for having really big 3rd quarters, and this game was no different. Poindexter also added that the leadership of Braylon Wheeler helped keep his team together.