Don't let Phoebus' dramatic playoff run turn Woodside's historic regular season into an afterthought. The Wolverines became only the fourth Newport News team to win the Peninsula District championship since the league's inception in 1965.
And Woodside went 10-0 before losing to Bayside in the Eastern Region Division 6 quarterfinals.
But once again, Phoebus made the headlines in December by claiming its fourth consecutive Division 5 title — its seventh in 11 years.
Let's recap the 2011 season … and look forward to '12.
FIVE MEMORABLE PLAYERS FROM 2011
Donnell Lewis, QB/DB, Woodside. His stats weren't eye-popping (760 passing yards, 730 rushing yards), but that's not why he won PD Offensive Player of the Year. Lewis was at his best in the fourth quarter, when he led three game-winning drives.
Justin Lyles, LB/TE, Phoebus. "Boom Box" was the PD's Defensive Player of the Year with a team-leading 166 tackles (11 per game) and five interceptions. In last week's state championship win over South County, he had nine tackles despite playing with a stomach flu.
Romond Deloatch, WR, Phoebus. One of the most talented receivers the PD has ever had, Deloatch finished with 40 receptions for 821 yards and nine touchdowns. That's in a Power-I offense. He had a monster day in the state final (five catches, 148 yards, 2 touchdowns).
Kavon Bellamy, LB/RB, Hampton. He played virtually the entire season on a bad ankle. That was apparent on offense, where he didn't carry as much. But not on defense, where he still got to the ball with the same fire.
5. Frank Brown, QB, Bethel. He was 9 yards short of becoming the second player in PD history to throw for 2,000 in the regular season. Still, he had a fantastic year by throwing for 2,272 yards and 22 TDs in 11 games.
FIVE MEMORABLE GAMES FROM 2011
Phoebus 27, North Stafford 26 (OT). The Phantoms took a 20-17 lead with 22 seconds left, but the Wolverines tied it with a field goal on the final play of regulation. Both teams scored in overtime, but Phoebus stopped North Stafford's 2-point try a yard short to escape. An instant classic.
Hampton 13, Phoebus 10 (OT). The Phantoms nearly won at the end of regulation, but Dallas Cogdell blocked a last-second field goal. Phoebus took a 10-7 lead on its overtime possession, but Marshawn Williams' 9-yard run on third-and-goal gave the Crabbers their first win in this series since 2006.
Woodside 28, Warwick 21. Trailing 21-0 at halftime, the Raiders tied it on Cardon Johnson's 14-yard run with 2:50 remaining. The Wolverines answered on Donnell Lewis' 54-yard touchdown pass to Justin McFadden but had to knock down a pass in the end zone on the final play.
Phoebus 24, Norcom 20. With another fourth-quarter rally, the Phantoms took the lead with 8:24 remaining. Norcom had not one but two trips inside the 10-yard line after that. The Greyhounds were stopped each time, and Phoebus lived to see another round.
Bayside 27, Woodside 21 (OT). After tying it on Lewis' touchdown pass to Quincy Jones, which capped a 99-yard drive, the Wolverines seemed to have the momentum heading into overtime. Instead, Chris Moller missed a short field goal and the Marlins scored on their first play to end Woodside's season.
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2012
Tony Pittman, RB, Phoebus. Despite missing the first three games with a suspension, Pittman led all PD rushers with 1,557 yards (131.4 per game). He could be a 2,000-yard runner next season.
Dillon Christopher, PK, Menchville. Kickers don't normally get scholarships, but this guy will. He made seven field goals for a team that only scored 78 points, including a VHSL-record 60 yarder.
Cardon Johnson, RB, Warwick. He'll go into his senior season with 2,369 career yards and a chance to become one of the few backs in district history to break 1,000 in three consecutive seasons.
Trenton Cannon, RB, Kecoughtan. Amazingly, he rushed for 1,159 yards on only 158 carries (7.3 per) though he was technically the Warriors' second-string tailback.
Josh Butler, QB, Warwick. This guy had more highlight reel plays than anyone. His 1,343 yards and 20 TDs were second only to Bethel's Brown..
FIVE QUESTIONS GOING INTO 2012
Can Phoebus five-peat? No team in VHSL history has ever done it, but there's no reason it can't happen. The Phantoms have plenty of talent returning — and coming up from the JV team.
Will Woodside take a slide? By definition, yes. It won't go 10-0 again. But as long as Danny Dodson is coaching, the Wolverines will be among the PD's best.
How good will Hampton be? Among the program's 19 seniors are Kavon Bellamy, Dallas Cogdell and Jamall Brown. They, and others, will be hard to replace. Deon Newsome is back, though.
Where will Kecoughtan go? After a 6-4 finish, their best since 2005, the Warriors are looking for a new coach. This is a program that should be perennial playoff contender.
Who will be the surprise team? Heritage made nice progress this year and could be a .500 team (or better) in 2012 with the return of workhorse back Khalid Abdullah.