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Football Roundup: Marshall Sets Stage for Stone Bridge Showdown

Mt. Vernon H.S. — 48,  
J.E.B. Stuart H.S. — 6

Stuart H.S. varsity football team continues to be stuck in the mud, falling to Mt. Vernon, 48-6 during last Friday’s rain-educed contest.

The Majors were led by senior Maurice Manning who rushed for 67 yards on only six carries, scoring a trifecta of touchdowns in the process. 
Senior quarterback Scott Mahaffey also ran for multiple scores, rushing for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns while sophomore running back Laithe Shannon chipped in a touchdown of his own, finishing with 104 yards.
After a tough first quarter, in which Stuart held the Majors to a mere six points, the Raiders defense couldn’t hold up, succumbing to Mt. Vernon’s 28-point second quarter.
Stuart’s lone score came in the fourth quarter when senior Nahom Tsegai had a 35-yard fumble return to avoid the shutout. The Raiders point after kick failed as did their victory hopes as the team remains winless on the season. Stuart hopes to change their luck when they hit the road this Friday playing at Loudoun Valley at 7:30 p.m.

Marshall H.S. — 23,
South Lakes H.S. — 19

Although both teams scored three touchdowns, extra points prevailed as Marshall took its third road homecoming victory, battling back from an 11-point deficit to beat South Lakes 23-19, on Monday night’s makeup game.
The Seahawks got on the board in the opening quarter, when senior quarterback Amir Gibreel found a hole for a one-yard run into the end zone.  After the two-point conversion attempt failed, the Statesmen defense held strong, keeping the Seahawks out of the end zone through the rest of the first half, and giving Marshall a chance to showcase their offense. Quarterback Harold Sweet did just that- connecting with junior Josh Earl for a seven-yard touchdown throw, and again for the two-point conversion to put the Statesmen out front 8-6 at the half.
However, the Seahawks offense was down but certainly not out. They rallied behind a 59-yard touchdown run by junior Gabe Itoka and another three-yard rushing score by Gibreel to take a 19-8 lead midway through the fourth.
Marshall countered with a huge drive by running back Chris Hurlburt, which ended in Frank Howell taking the ball in three yards for a Statesmen score.  Hurlburt, who amassed 130 total rushing yards, ran the two-point conversion in himself, bringing the Statesmen within a field goal. With time running out, a huge pick by sophomore Jamie Cleer gave Marshall the crucial turnover it needed. The sophomore Sweet found Earl again, this time for a 26-yard score with just 37 seconds remaining in regulation.  Will Blakeley kicked the extra point in and sealed the deal for a Marshall team that has made a living in come-from-behind victories this season. Next up, the Statesmen face a tough test when undefeated district powerhouse Stone Bridge comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. game.

Yorktown H.S. — 34,
Falls Church H.S. —14

Jaguars junior Yousef Khatib threw for 175 yards with one touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to match the Patriots monster rushing attack, which accounted for three touchdowns, as Falls Church fell 35-14 on Saturday night.
The Jags got out to a slow start, falling behind 14-0 before Miles Hurkamp ran the ball 40 yards into the end zone, to put Falls Church on the board. Hurkamp, a junior, finished with 81 yards on nine carries.
The score brought the Jags within eight points, the closest Yorktown would allow as the Patriots went on to explode for 20 consecutive fourth quarter points, blowing the game open.
Senior John Kasdaglis was the only other Jaguar to find the end zone, catching a 9-yard pass from Khatib late in the fourth quarter.  Khatib ran in the two-point conversion, finishing with 48 rushing yards on 14 attempts. Senior receivers Kasdaglis and Gabe Eusebio led the Jaguars air attack, catching 68 and 77 yards respectively.
The Patriots powerful run game was led by receiver Max Milien who rushed for a pair of touchdowns and finished with 76 total ground yards. The Patriots also had an interception return for a touchdown, the only non-rushing score of the night.
With the loss, the Jaguars drop their fourth straight game and are now 2-6 on the year.  They look to climb back up the standings on Friday when Edison come to town for a game slated at 7:30 p.m.