Statesmen Wide of the Mark, Marshall Misses OT XP; Short Week Proves Rough Week for Area Programs
Marshall H.S. — 6, Woodson H.S. — 7 (OT)
Highly anticipated as Northern Virginia’s “game of the week” Thursday’s clash between Marshall and Woodson was low on points but high on thrills. Despite several key chances by the Statesmen who found themselves in the red zone six times, the game remained scoreless throughout regulation.
“Anytime you don’t take advantage of opportunities it gets frustrating,” said head coach J.T. Biddison, “We need to eliminate our turnovers.”
An overtime touchdown by Woodson broke through the stalemate and was answered by Josh Earl’s grab in the end zone off a throw from Harold Sweet. However, the game-tying extra point sailed wide left, as did the Statesmen’s hopes, as they were clipped at home for the first time this season.
Statesmen Chris Hurlbert carries 27 times for 98 yards and Earl added 6 catches for 51 yards and a pick.
Cavaliers double threat Sam Burt intercepted 3 passes and Jacob Sweeney carried 25 times for 92 yards including the go for it on 4th down game-winning touchdown run.
The Statesmen hope to bounce back this Friday night when they travel to Langley to take on a strong Saxons team at 7:30 p.m.
“Our goals for the year are still obtainable,” Biddison said. “Does this make the team tougher and stronger mentally? We will find out Friday.”
McLean HS — 0, Robinson HS— 41
Robinson jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back as the Rams shut out the struggling Highlanders.
Sophomore running back Wynton Fox carried the ball 11 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. The Rams sophomore also hooked up with quarterback Tim Meier to catch a 60-yard pass in the end zone. Meier finished the game 5 for 13 in the air for 135 yards and one touchdown.
Junior quarterback John Scholla was 6 of 14 passing with 1 interception and 48 yards in the loss. Senior Brian McElhaney was the Highlander’s leading receiver with two catches for 32 yards.
The Highlanders continue to search for their first victory, traveling to Madison to face the Rams at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
JEB Stuart HS — 0, Thomas Edison HS— 52
The Eagles (4-0) soared to victory scoring 42 points in the first quarter before putting in the reserves to preserve the win. Kevin Carter rushed for a trio of touchdowns as the Raiders, who have yet to score this season, dropped to 0-3. The Raiders hope to change their luck on the road, when they travel to Yorktown for a 7:30 match up Friday night.
Falls Church HS — 15, South County HS— 42
Junior Chris Mitchell had 9 carries for 85 yards including three touchdowns and senior quarterback Jay Rowley was 8 for 10 from the air as the Stallions handed the Jaguars their second loss of the season.
Falls Church juniors Samear and Yousef Khatib led the Jaguars offensive attack. Samear had 57 yards receiving on 4 catches including a touchdown. On the other side of the ball, he delivered seven tackles and grabbed an interception, while Yousef rushed for 34 yards, passing for 120 yards with one touchdown.
However, the effort was not enough as turnovers helped the Jaguars blow a 7-0 lead and sent the Stallions into 21 unanswered points in the second and third quarters.
Washington-Lee HS comes to town this Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Jaguars look to bounce back on their home turf.