When Doug DuVall came to Wilde Lake High School to coach football in 1973, he set the ambitious goal of winning 150 games.
Eighteen years, two state championships and many sweet memories later, he reached his goal.
And with a bang.
DuVall's visiting and second-ranked Wildecats dominated almost every facet of yesterday's game against Centennial, routing the Eagles, 42-0.
"It's a real big mark," said DuVall, whose team won its 18th straight game to improve his career record to 150-34, including state championship wins in 1985 and 1990. "When I started coaching, this is what I wanted to accomplish. The kids have put in a lot of hard work over the years to make it happen."
One of those players is senior running back Damon Hamlin, who has played most of the season on a sprained right ankle. Yesterday, at "about 85-percent strength" he rushed 16 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns in helping the Wildecats amass 314 yards in total offense.
"This was a big one for him," said Hamlin, of his coach's milestone. "He mentioned something about it before the game, and we got really psyched up. We came out ready to play."
Middle linebacker Brent Guyton said that DuVall had tried to downplay the significance of the win. "He was really quiet about it. Only me and a few other guys even knew, but we really wanted to come out here and help him get number 150."
The Guyton-led defense kept the Eagles at bay all afternoon, allowing them to cross the Wilde Lake 40 just twice. The shutout was the Wildecats' fourth in six games, and lowered their average points allowed to just 4.5 a game -- among the area's best.