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McLean Rallies to Top Marshall at Homecoming

Amid Friday night’s heavy rains and McLean’s Homecoming festivities, McLean High School’s varsity football team powered ahead after a slow start to beat George C. Marshall High 24-21. IMG_2894

Amid Friday night’s heavy rains and McLean’s Homecoming festivities, McLean High School’s varsity football team powered ahead after a slow start to beat George C. Marshall High 24-21. IMG_2894

The loss gave  Marshall and its new head coach, Bill Lapthorn, the team’s seventh-straight loss this season. Lapthorn had been the Marshall varsity assistant coach since 2007 until this year.

The win padded the McLean Highlander’s season bringing their record to 5-2.

The loss came despite the Marshall Statesmen holding the Highlanders without a first down for 23 minutes, and to just 13 yards of offense for the first 11 plays.

IMG_2874In the last minutes of the first half, McLean senior quarterback Will Hecht connected on a  54-yard pass with senior tight end Jonathan Fremerman. The ball found its way to senior Highlander tailback Riley Beiro for a 23-yard touchdown pass. Junior Drew Hunt made the 23-yard field goal following a Statesmen fumble on the kickoff.

The Highlanders forced four Marshall turnovers, including two in the red-zone. McLean only lost possession of the ball once.

The win puts the Highlanders’ Liberty District record at 3-1.

The Highlanders’ performance underscores a turnaround from last year’s woes for the team, when they suffered a 10-game losing streak.