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Football Roundup: Statesmen Off to Best Start Since 1993

Marshall H.S.20,   

McLean H.S.17

For the second straight game, the Marshall Statesmen got a late score to come out on top, giving head coach J.T. Biddison his first “W” on a homecoming game.

Although emotions were unusually high in the packed stadium, Biddison says the goal of the game was just like any other: to win.

“It was important for the school, to the players, and all the fans that give us great support,” said Biddison on the homecoming victory.

“Personally, any win is as good win.  None is more important than another (until the play-offs).”

Junior running back Chris Hurlburt gave the home crowd a show, leading the Statesmen with 29 carries for 161 yards.  Although he had only one reception, Hulbert’s 12 yard grab was equally impressive, setting up sophomore quarterback Harold Sweet’s five yard go-ahead touchdown run in the 4th quarter.

McLean’s Highlanders, who are still searching for their first victory, played a strong game and nearly upset the heavily-favored Statesmen on their home turf.  Playing without starting quarterback John Scholla, the Highlanders got a solid effort from senior backup James Pascoe.  Pascoe rushed for 128 yards including an 81 yard run in the first quarter that set up a Highlander field goal.  He was just as impressive in the air, completing 13 of 26 throws for 119 yards and a touchdown, in a passing attack that Marshall struggled to stop.

However the Highlanders defense also struggled to make keys stops, and fell victim to the clutch offense that has become characteristic of the Statesmen. Hurlburt’s grab put the Statesmen in the red zone and Sweet took the ball in himself, putting Marshall up by three points with just over a minute left in regulation. The sophomore quaterback finished the day with a balanced attack, rushing for 62 yards and garnering another 68 yard in the air from five completions. Marshall junior Josh Earl also chipped in, with three receptions totaling 23 yards.

The Highlanders, despite seeing their chance to upset Marshall’s homecoming unravel, played a tough game. Besides Pascoe, McLean was buoyed by the offensive effort of Brian McElhaney, who had three catches for 40 yards including a 24 yard reception in the end zone.

“I think McLean had a great game plan versus us and executed it well,” said Coach Biddison. “We have shown great confidence in close games- but I’d rather not keep testing that theory.”

Besides collection his first homecoming victory as head coach, Biddison’s squad has also jumped out to a 5-1 record, Marshall’s strongest start since 1993.

Both teams will face district foes this Friday night, when Marshall travels to Thomas Jefferson and McLean visits Stonebridge’s home turf.  Kickoff for both games is slated for 7:30 p.m.

 

South Lakes H.S.25,

Falls Church H.S. 12

The Jaguars were unable to match the balanced offense of South Lakes, and fell 25-12, after being shut out for the middle two quarters of Friday night’s game.

Junior quaterback Yousef Khatib lead the Jaguars, rushing for 36 yards including a touchdown run.  Khatib completed 21 of 43 passes, throwing for a total of 230 yards.  

Senior Gabe Eusebio rushed for the only other Jaguar score, and finished the game with 11 yards on the ground in addition to 46 yards off 7 receptions. 

Both sides struggled on special teams; the Jaguars missed the extra point after both their scores, while the Seahawks also failed to convert on 4 of 5 kicks of their own.

Junior double threat Samear Khatib had 3 tackles and an interception for the Jags defense, and connected with his brother on 5 passes, collecting 44 yards.

Senior John Kasdaglis lead the Jaguar air attack with four catches for 85 yards.

The Seahawks put points on the board every quarter, including a 99-yard run. The loss drops Falls Church to 2-4 on the year, the same record as South Lakes. The Jaguars will try to battle back up the standings this Saturday, when they travel to Loudoun Valley to take on the Vikings for a 1:30 p.m. showdown.

 

 

Wakefield H.S.44, 

Stuart H.S.0          

The Stuart Raiders were unable to replicate last week’s offensive spark over as they once again were blanked, giving Wakefield (2-4) their first homecoming victory since 1995.

The Raiders continued to sputter and stall offensively, senior quaterback Chris Childs threw the ball 10 times, collecting a mere 21 yards on the day. 

Sophomore Keegan McAllister had four carries for 20 yards and junior John Grayson had nine carries for 12 yards, leading a Raiders squad who failed to generate any momentum.

Wakefield senior John Logan had no problem generating momentum of his own; the running back rushed for 203 yards including three trips to the end zone.

 Warrior quaterback Andrew Allen was a perfect 4 of 4 passing, totaling 17 yards in the air and rushing for another 29. Keenan Morse found the end zone for two more Warrior scores, including a 66-yard kickoff return into the end zone.

Stuart hopes to follow the Warriors path this Friday, when they play in a homecoming of their own, taking on the Washington-Lee Generals at 7:30 p.m.