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Football Roundup: Statesmen Drop Finale of Groundbreaking Season

The Marshall seniors pose following their final game Friday night against Madison.  (Photo: Karen Newcomb/ — 21, Marshall — 6

The Statesmen’s playoff hopes were dashed as the team best known for late-game surges was all out of juice, falling to Madison 21-6 on Saturday night.

Early on nothing seemed to go Marshall’s way as they were left on the Warhawks one-yard line as time expired in the first half.  A crucial turnover in Madison’s favor managed to keep the Statesmen off the board, allowing the Warhawks to take a 7-0 lead into the game’s final quarter.

Unfortunately, Marshall’s typical cardiac-comeback was nowhere to be found as Madison’s Aaron Lambert took the game into his own hands, literally, rushing for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to send the Warhawks up 21-0.  Lambert finished the game with all three Warhawk scores, rushing for 112 yards, including an impressive 27-yard dash.

Marshall quarterback Harold Sweet threw for 83 yards, including a fourth-quarter pass that Frank Howell ran in six yards for Marshall’s lone score.

Josh Earl and Chris Hurlburt caught three passes a piece, totaling 60 and 75 yards in the air for the Statesmen.

Warhawks senior quarter back Kevin Healy was nine of 11, throwing for 141 yards in the air.

The game marked the end of the Statesemen season, and was the last game for seniors Collin Newcomb, Frank Howell, Ryan Goss, Brian Ritchey, Mosab Sabah, Allan Sidley and Will Blakeley. The group of seniors came in to a 0-10 team as freshman and will leave the program with a 7-3 record this year.



Langley — 21,   McLean — 14

The Saxons kept their claim on the Rotary Cup, squeaking out a victory over neighborhood foe McLean on Saturday night, culminating the season for both football teams.

Langley senior running back Josh Segal stole the show, rushing for 263 yards on 46 touches, including touchdowns in the first and third quarters. Segal ended the year with 1,263 yards, finishing with more than 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight year.

Although Segal was the Saxon’s star, it was the Highlander fumble recovery in the endzone by Saxon Chaz Ayoub that put Langely on top, going on to win 21-14.

McLean’s Torey Beiro was brilliant from the air, catching 11 passes for 142 yards, including two trips to the end zone for the Highlanders. Brian McElhaney caught eight passes for 89 yards to make up the remainder of quarterback James Pascoe’s intended targets.  Pascoe completed 20 passes, throwing for 249 yards including both of Beiro’s touchdown grabs.  The quarterback also had 12 rushes for 27 yards in the loss.  With the defeat, McLean ends the season 2-5 in the district, with a 2-8 record overall.