Northern Virginia HS Football Recap - Week 3

Since most of the local sports are on hold, it seems like a good time to recap the first three weeks of Northern Virginia football, as encapsuled on recruitNoVA.com

As Florence, the newest tropical storm, introduced itself to the Mid-Atlantic coast, many games were postponed, cut short, or played over the course of two days.

Perhaps even stranger than the weather was the seven days of drama endured by the Broad Run team. Early last week, their opening day win over Potomac Falls was nullified due to the use of an ineligible player. However, they bounced back in fine form, whacking a Woodgrove team 33-7 on Friday and Saturday.

Lake Braddock also had an unusual weekend, following up Week 2’s 50-28 win over West Potomac with a 70-3 beatdown loss at the hands of Stone Bridge.

Broad Run 33, Woodgrove 7

In spite of their contention that the ineligible player used by Broad Run was a mistake and that the player, who was used sparingly toward the end of the game, had little factor in Week 1’s win, the Spartans lost their appeal and dropped to 1-1 before the Woodgrove game.

The disappointment from the loss did not show on the field. Tim Baldwin scored early on a 37-yard burst through the middle, and Mitch Griffis added a one-yard sneak into the end zone, as the Spartans tallied 211 rushing yards. Luke Lindenfeldar added a 44-yard score late in the game as Broad Run improved to 2-1.

Stone Bridge 70, Lake Braddock 3

Zakias Moore scored four touchdowns as Stone Bridge bumped its record to 2-0 with a stunning display of offense against the Bruins, who fell to 1-2.

The Bulldogs ran up a 42-3 halftime lead, which extended as Will McKay ran for a 60-yard score to open the second half. McKay added a four-yard touchdown in the first half.

Centreville 26, South County 14

The Wildcats thrived on offense, as the running back tandem of Jordan Wright and Jaquan Price combined for 206 yards and all four Centreville touchdowns.

Wright (16 carries, 107 yards) started the scoring blitz with five-yard run in the opening quarter, and Price (12 for 99) followed with a one-yard smash in the second. The game was halted due to lightning, but Price held his momentum and scored against when play resumed on Saturday. Hanging on to a 20-14 lead in the fourth, the Wildcats sealed the win as Deondre Edmonds intercepted a Stallion pass, setting up the game’s final score, a 45-yard scoring jaunt through the middle of the South County defense.

John Champe 40, Heritage 6

John Champe found the win column for the first time this season, handily defeating Heritage (Leesburg) at home.

Quarterback Zack Jackson threw for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The first, a 33-yarder to Tyler Savage, helped the Knights opened up a 21-0 halftime lead, while the second, to running back Dalton Young, extended the lead to 34-0 as the final seconds of the third quarter ran out.

Champe’s David Harris led all rushers with 103 yards, and scored on a pair of two-yard touchdowns, while Jacob Morrill converted two short field goals.

Battlefield 36, Forest Park 7

The Bobcats ran their record to 3-0 with a 36-7 pasting of Forest park at home.

Savion Phinizy ran for two touchdowns, from eight and three yards, while Hunter Key and Sean McCarthy added third-quarter rushing scores. Battlefield was also solid on defense with Matthew Binkowski returning an interception 42 yards for a pick-six touchdown, one of his two thefts.

Woodbridge 35, Osbourn Park 0

In a game shortened by lightning, the Vikings improved to 2-0 with a decisive win against Osbourn Park.

East Carolina commit Taylor Harris ran for three touchdowns. Two came on runs of 25 and 94 yards, while Harris’ third came on a 52-yard punt return. Quarterback Antevious Jackson scored on a 20-yard run and Lamonte James added an 18-yard rushing touchdown before the game was called with 7:20 left in the third quarter due to lightning and the running clock set to be activated.

Lake Taylor 42, Freedom 28

Two local teams played foes from Hampton Roads with varying results. Colonial Forge easily defeated Grassfield (Chesapeake) 28-0, while Freedom fell victim 42-28 to a powerful Lake Taylor team from Norfolk.

Tyquan Brown ran for three touchdowns of five, two and 17 yards. However, the Eagles could not contain the high-flying Titan offense and fell behind 35-21 in the first half as Lake Taylor connected on three long scoring passes, including a 77 and 78-yarder.

Flint Hill 45, Paul VI 14

The defending VISAA Division I champions were in fine form at their season opener dispensing the Panthers 45-14.

Miles Thompson threw for four touchdowns, two to Justice Ellison (20 and 38 yards), and two to Trey Rucker, both for 15 yards, as the Huskies led by as many as 45 points. Jordan Houston rushed for 109 yards, including a 57-yard run to open the game. Virginia commit Justin Duenkel added a 31-yard field goal.

Defensively, Jaylin Hertz and Chris Hendrix had interceptions for Flint Hill, who has won 12 straight games.

Yorktown 48, Wakefield 0

Grant Wilson completed all eight of his passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots enjoyed a surprisingly easy win over its Arlington crosstown rival.

Wilson added 88 rushing yards, including scores from four and 76 yards, before Will Porter took over as the signal caller and added a TD pass of 36 yards to Will Cantwell. Liam Anderson and Jake McCool were the recipients of Wilson’s scoring passes.

Max Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and on defense, Yorktown held the Warriors’ start running back Rodney Lee to 62 yards.

Dominion 21, Fauquier 14

Steve Zegbe ran for 87 yards and a game-winning eight-yard touchdown as the Titans raised their record to 2-1.

Dominion quarterback AJ Darr opened the scoring with a one-yard sneak in the opening quarter. Trey Hayes added a two-yard scoring run.

With the loss, Fauquier dropped to 0-2.

Other scores

Brooke Point 34, Briar Woods 6
C.D. Hylton 41, Osbourn 8
Chancellor 24, Riverbend 21, 2OT
Courtland 34, Stafford 0
Culpeper 21, Liberty-Bealeton 13
Dominion 21, Fauquier 14
Eastern View 49, Orange County 14
Fairfax 27, Lee 30Franklin 40, Colonial Beach 26
Fredericksburg Christian 41, Isle of Wight Academy 20
Handley 41, Clarke County 35
Hylton 41, Osbourn 8
Kettle Run 37, Brentsville 6
Loudoun County 51, Rock Ridge 13
Louisa 42, King George 12
Madison 35, West Potomac 7
Massaponax 51, Hanover 3
Mount Vernon 66, Falls Church 31
Mountain View 35, James Monroe 0
North Stafford 28, Potomac 14
Patriot 41, Colgan 13
Potomac School 28, John Paul the Great 0
Powhatan 21, Caroline 0
Riverside 18, Potomac Falls 0
Robinson 58, Annandale 21
Sherando 55, Broadway 0
South Lakes 60, Oakton 0
St. Christopher’s 17, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes 7
St. James (Hagerstown, MD) 36, Bishop Ireton 14
Stonewall Jackson 28, Gar-Field 0
Tuscarora 30, T.C. Williams 7
West Springfield 28, Washington-Lee 21

Northern Virginia HS Football Recap - Week 2

The story of Week 2 was the weather as many games, particularly in Loudoun County, were cut short or completed on Saturday, although Rock Ridge and Heritage will finish their contest on Monday morning with Heritage leading 27-7.

The strain on the players and coaches will remain to be seen next weekend. But here is an itinerary posted by Mount Vernon coach Monty Fritts who followed up a 19-hour work day on Friday with four hours of rest before returning to Langley High to finish off a 28-21 win over the Saxons.

“730-330 normal work, 330-430 pregame meal, 430-530 drive to Langley, 530-700 pregame prep, 700-900 1st 3 quarters, 900-1030, lightning delay, 1030-1130, drive to MV, 1130- 200am, do team laundry, 200-230am drive home, 630-700am drive back to MV.”

Speaking of Mount Vernon, they are off to another fast start.

Mount Vernon 28, Langley 21
Junior Fonnae Webb, a transfer from D.C.’s McKinley Tech, threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Majors bumped their record to 2-0 in McLean.

Kofi Kwarteng was the recipient of both touchdown passes, and Jordyn Reid, who rushed for 140 yards and caught a pair of passes for 84 more in the Majors 56-7 opener win against Edison, also ran for a score.

Lake Braddock 50, West Potomac 28
The Bruins built a 15-0 first quarter lead as Ben Dizon ran for a 43-yard TD, while Billy Edwards hit Joe Weidinger with a 32-yard scoring toss.

Edwards found Weidinger for another TD pass, this one for 56 yards, but the Wolverines drew to with two points at 22-20 as Nigel Okunubi rushed for two short touchdowns and followed with a 90-yard sprint for six points

Dizon followed with a 95-yard touchdown on the ensuing kickoff return and Edwards threw his third TD, to Quentin James, as Lake Braddock (1-1) nudged its lead to 36-21 at halftime. Early in the third quarter, lightning struck, and the game was completed on Saturday.

Westfield 24, South County 12
Westfield upped its winning streak to 26 games with a two-part victory over the Stallions.

Noah Kim, fresh off a five-touchdown performance against Lake Braddock, added three more, all to Bizzet Woodley. The first Kim-to-Woodley score, a seven-yarder gave the Bulldogs a 10-6 lead, which held until halftime and served as the score when the game was called for the evening with 6:25 left in the third quarter.

But the duo resumed business on Saturday morning, with Woodley grabbing a 12-yard score, followed by a 37-yarder off a flea flicker as Westfield pulled away in the third quarter.

Centreville 14, John Champe 0
Centreville’s Nate Goldammer picked off a John Champe pass and rambled 81 yards for the game deciding score as the Wildcats won its second game in a shutout.

Jordan Wright opened the scoring with a four-yard run in the second quarter. Wright also caught three passes for 37 yards.

Potomac Falls 34, Dominion 13
Potomac Falls became the first 5A Potomac District team to reach 2-0 as they completed their Friday night game on Saturday morning and won by three touchdowns,

The Panthers benefited from a 13-point run in the final quarter to pull away with the win.

Steve Zegbe led Dominion with 101 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 carries. A.J. Darr also scored on a rush for the Titans.

Broad Run 23, Tuscarora 7
Luke Lindenfeldar scored on a 57-yard catch and run touchdown reception from Mitch Griffis to propel the Spartans to a win over last year’s 5A state champion game participants.

Lindenfeldar grabbed Griffis’ pass and outsprinted the Husky defense down the left sideline to boost Broad Run to an early 10-7 first quarter lead. As the game continued on Saturday, the Spartans score on two more Griffis TD passes, one for 70 yards to provide the final margin of victory.

Massaponax 27, Woodgrove 6
In a game that was called after one half, the Panthers dominated the lines and rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns as Massaponax raised its record to 2-0.

Taking advantage of an offensive line led by stalwarts Jonathan Beaver and Teagan McDonald, Massaponax blasted holes in the Woodgrove line while averaging almost nine yards per carry. Elijah Christopher, Jacob Romero and quarterback Evan Schickel all ran for touchdowns, and Schickel opened the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Luke Morley.

North Stafford 55, Briar Woods 14
Justin Rutkowski threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to give Briar Woods an early 7-0 lead; however, North Stafford stormed back to decimate the Falcons 55-14.

Jamir Boyd threw for three first-half touchdowns as the Wolverines built a 21-14 halftime lead before the game was postponed due to lightning. On Saturday, Joe Mangano’s team finished business with all five touchdowns scored on the day.

St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes 51, Paul VI 14
The Saints avenged a 14-6 defeat to Paul VI last year with a crushing blow in their season opener, beating the Panthers 51-14.

SS/SA will receive a strict road test next weekend when they challenge another Saints team, this one from St. Christopher’s, in Richmond.

Bishop Ireton 28, St. Albans 10
The Cardinals, 0-10 in 2017, quickly rebounded with a convincing opening day win over the Bulldogs in D.C.

With the win, Ireton gave coach Chip Armstrong a win in his first game back as the Cards’ head coach, a program he led to a 22-10-1 record from 1991 to 1993.

Ireton will open its home season next Saturday against St. James of Hagerstown, MD.

Other scores

Battlefield 26, Colgan 6
Bishop Ireton 28, St. Albans 10
Brentsville 14, Fauquier 7
Brooke Point 30, King George 3
Colonial Forge 45, Albemarle 7 (CF: Z. Kindel 3 TD recs.)
Courtland 28, Liberty 17
Eastern View 66, Turner Ashby 14
Forest Park 31, Osbourn Park 6
Fredericksburg Christian 53, Fuqua 6
Freedom 34, Stonewall Jackson 19 (F: T. Brown 222 rushing yards)
Hayfield 35, Edison 0
Herndon 17, Lee 12
James Monroe 45, Charlottesville 20
Justice 28, James Wood 21
Kettle Run 33, Warren County 7
Loudoun County 49, Millbrook 28
Louisa 45, Chancellor 20
Madison 41, Fairfax 7
Manchester 75, Riverbend 0
Marshall 31, McLean 7
Mountain View 43, Patriot 35
Orange 30, Culpeper Co. 28
Patrick Henry-Ashland 51, Caroline 6
Riverside 19, Freedom-South Riding 0
Robinson 40, Chantilly 13
Sherando 42, Jefferson (WV) 6
South Lakes 28, Falls Church 0
Spotsylvania 21, Fluvanna 14
Stafford 41, Potomac 35
Stone Bridge 42, Loudoun Valley 6
T.C. Williams 34, Gar-Field 13
Wakefield 33, Washington-Lee 20
West Springfield 37, Oakton 0
Wilson (DC) 37, Yorktown 29
Woodbridge 61, Osbourn 0
W.T. Woodson 39, Annandale 2

Northern Virginia HS Football Recap - Week 1

With the heat and humidity of August dragging many of us down, it was great to see the first signs of fall signified in the re-ignition of Friday Night Lights throughout Virginia and nationwide.

In Northern Virginia, a slightly truncated slate of games were played, many by teams wishing to enjoy a week off later in the season. Regardless of the abbreviated schedule, there were several key matchups, including the season opener for three-time defending 6A champion Westfield, who brought a 24-game winning streak to the table against the Bruins of Lake Braddock.

The region’s top player, Devyn Ford, was one of the first to suit up, on Thursday night, as his Wolverines hosted Osbourn.

Other big timers kicked off this weekend, including Hylton, South Lakes, and 6A state semifinalist Colonial Forge. Starting this week (kind of) was Justice High School, formerly known as J.E.B. Stuart, which also marked the debut of the Wolves’ new coach Greg Weisbecker.

North Stafford 56, Osbourn 0 (Thurs. 8/23)

The season officially kicked off Thursday with a trio of games. Devyn Ford got an unexpected amount of rest, but scored two touchdowns, one on the ground, and the other on a 69-yard pass from Jamir Boyd as the Wolverines rolled to an easy win.

In all, Boyd threw for five touchdowns, while completing 12 of 14 passes for 219 yards. Holt Egan had two second quarter scores by reception, while Javon Swinton and Manny Pellot caught balls for touchdowns.

Tevin White led all rushers with 92 yards on 16 carries and two TD’s.

Westfield 42, Lake Braddock 21

The Bulldogs began their 6A state title defense with a 35-point run in the middle two quarters to run away from a strong Bruin team on opening night.

Quarterback Noah Kim showed that he has continued to progress. Kim completed 11 of 15 passes for 155 yards and five touchdowns, two each to Bizzet Woodley (5-92) and Taylor Morin (3-58). Sean Goodman also scored on a nine-yard reception.

Eugene Asante, who is now up to six offers, rushed for 149 yards, and was happy to have started the season well against a quality opponent.

“I just wanted to be able to showcase my talents and kind of had a boulder on my shoulder, going against (U.VA commit) Josh Ahern,” Asante told recruitNoVA.com on Saturday.

Isaiah Daniel (10 carries, 74 yards) finished the scoring with an eight-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Robinson 28, Hylton 7

The Rams relied on a balanced offensive attack and scored a touchdown in each quarter to down the Bulldogs in Woodbridge.

In all, Robinson rushed for 373 yards and four touchdowns, led by several long runs from junior Tanner Laplante.

Woodson 14, South Lakes 7

In a reversal of last year’s 42-7 loss, the Cavaliers upended South Lakes 14-7 in Reston.

The Seahawks scored first and held on to a 7-0 halftime lead. But the Cavs scored in the third quarter to tie the game and then delivered the winning touchdown in the final quarter to wrap up the season-opening win.

Colonial Forge 51, Patriot 35

Ernesto Bowen ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns and Zack Kindel caught two passes for scores as John Brown’s head coaching debut was a success as the Eagles outdistanced Patriot 51-35.

The game featured the strength of Forge’s running attack against the power of Patriot’s passing game. The Eagles, led by Bowen, rushed for 230 yards, while Madden Lowe displayed pinpoint accuracy with a short passing game, completing 11 of 17 for 77 yards and the eight and nine-yards scores to Kindel. On defense, the Eagles held the Patriots to 23 yards on 24 carries, although Chris Sonnenberg was spectacular at quarterback, completing 25 of 28 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns.

Broad Run 31, Potomac Falls 0

Tim Baldwin ran for a pair of first-half touchdowns as the Spartans stomped the Panthers in Sterling.

Justice 47, Annandale 26

The Wolves won their first game as the newly renamed Justice High School, rushing for 350 yards, as they built a 32-6 lead and coasted in Falls Church.

Elijah Jeffries (three carries, 79 yards) took an inside handoff and dashed 62-yard for a first half score. Devin Matthews rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns and Drake Latham added an 18-yard rushing score in the second half.

Marco Cesarotto was efficient at quarterback (five of eight for 62 yards), throwing a 40-yard score to Matthews and adding a 10-yard rushing touchdown, as Weisbecker won his coaching debut for Justice.

T. Roosevelt 43, Falls Church 20

Two third-quarter touchdowns helped the visiting D.C. school pull away from the Jaguars.

Roosevelt built a tenuous 21-13 halftime lead, but pulled away in the early second half. Falls Church was held to 114 yards and feature back Dakwandre Marshall gained 56 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown.

Conley Ku completed seven of 17 passes for 120 yards with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Noah Strother.

Trinity Episcopal 46, O’Connell 41

O’Connell had victory snatched from its grasp as a 99-yard drive by the Titans, followed by a late interception gave Trinity Episcopal the season-opening win in Arlington.

The lead changed hands several times throughout the game, as Jahmal Banks kept the Knights in the game, scoring on a 22-yard reception, 91-yard kickoff return, and 75-yard interception return. Banks finished the game with seven catches for 123 yards.

Aidan McGowan (14 of 23, 205 yards) threw his other touchdown for 35 yards to Ryan Barrett. The Knights were less successful with their running game, but were boosted by short touchdown runs by Kai Bowers and Rodney Jackson.

However, the Titans compiled over 520 yards of offense, including the game-winning drive, which started at their 1-yard line.

Other scores

Battlefield 44, Oakton 0
Brooke Point 27, Potomac 6
Centreville 44, Stonewall Jackson 7
Colgan 14, Forest Park 12
Colonial Beach 14, Spotsylvania 7
Dominion 25, Clarke Co. 14
Fairfax 27, McLean 0
Freedom 35, Life Christian 6
Friendship Collegiate 20, John Champe 7
Hayfield 28, Chantilly 23
Heritage 54, Freedom-South Riding 14
Liberty 29, Brentsville 8
Loudoun Co. 35, Fauquier 12
Louisa Co. 35, Courtland 0
Massaponax 47, Chancellor 0
Madison 42, Marshall 12
Martinsburg (WV) 62, Loudoun Valley 12
Mountain View 48, Albemarle 0
No. VA Homeschool 32, Jefferson 25
Riverside 30, Rock Ridge 10
South Co. 40, Langley 7
Stafford 30, James Monroe 13
T.C. Williams 65, Osbourn Park 32
Tuscarora 35, King George 7
West Potomac 24, Briar Woods 14
West Springfield 56, Lee 40

Woodgrove 56, Armstrong 14