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McLean Claims Second Straight on Senior Night; Falls Church Rallies, but Can’t Overcome Deficit

McLean H.S. — 16

South Lakes H.S. — 13

McLean continued last week’s momentum, sending out their seniors with two consecutive victories by beating the Seahawks 16-13 on their home turf Friday night.

Torey Biero made both touchdown grabs, connecting with quarterback James Pascoe in the end zone, and kicker Andrew Smith booted a 39-yarder to secure the victory for the Highlander squad.

Pascoe threw for 125 yards, including the two touchdowns, as he finished 10-of-19 from the air. Biero caught five of those passes, totaling 55 receiving yards. He was also solid from the ground; rushing for 119 yards on 32 touches to send the Seahawks run defense reeling. 

Smith was 1 of 2 on PATs, and the Highlander defense managed to contain running back Gabe Itoka, holding the Seahawks leading rusher to just one big run. The Highlanders hope to pack the late season surge in their travel bags, as the team boards the bus to face cross-town foe Langley on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.


Loudoun Valley H.S. — 73

J.E.B. Stuart H.S. — 0

The still-winless Raiders continued to be plagued by offensive woes — shut out for the sixth time this season — as they dropped to Loudoun Valley, 73-0.

The Vikings, who got on the board early and often, were led by senior Ryan Sheppard with three touchdown runs, and junior Brian Oden with two. Trevor Ikwild chipped in with two more Viking scores, including a 45-yard interception return in the second quarter, taking the ball from fellow Viking Nick Sheehan and into the end zone.

The Raiders have one last shot to make some music, literally, as Falls Church comes to Stuart to battle in the classic Bell Game on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


Edison H.S.  — 35

Falls Church H.S. — 22

Two late touchdowns coupled with a two-point conversion still wasn’t enough to overcome a dismal start, as the Jaguars fell to Edison High, 35-22 last Friday night.

The Jags offense, shut out for the first half of the game, began their uphill climb in the third quarter when junior Miles Hurkamp ran the ball 23 yards into the end zone, breaking the drought. The running back not only finished with 32 yards rushing, but also threatened on the other side of the ball, delivering 13 tackles. The Jags defense was led by sophomore Marvin Gonzalez who had a stifling 15 tackles.

Quarterback Yousef Khatib continued to be a beacon for the Jaguars, taking the team on his back in the fourth quarter. The junior threw a 19-yard score to senior John Kasdaglis and then followed up with a score of his own, off a one-yard run. The Jaguars executed a two-point conversion pass to continue their late momentum but the clock ran out before their comeback attempt could fully materialize.

Khatib ended the day 23-of-43 passing for 285 yards, connecting with senior Gabe Eusebio nine times. Eusebio finished the day with 101 yards, leading the Jaguars receiving corps. Junior kicker Ralph Porteria also hit both attempted PATs.

This Friday night the Jaguars travel to Stuart where they battle the winless Raiders in the famous Bell Game to cap off their season. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.