Stuart Football Team Wins 2nd Consecutive National District GameLast Friday, the J.E.B. Stuart High School Raiders won their second National District game in a row by defeating the Washington-Lee Generals 34-7 at home at Jerry Fauls Stadium.
Stuart Football Team Wins 2nd Consecutive National District Game
Last Friday, the J.E.B. Stuart High School Raiders won their second National District game in a row by defeating the Washington-Lee Generals 34-7 at home at Jerry Fauls Stadium.
The game began with the Generals moving the ball into Stuart territory, before both teams traded interceptions. Stuart’s Omar Bahar second interception of Washington-Lee’s Rigo Salguerro in the first quarter setup the first scoring drive of the game. Fullback Charles Holloway broke free for an 18-yard gain on the ground before quarterback Javonte Robinson connected with Mehdi Ibrahim on a 52-yard scoring pass. This staked Stuart to a 6-0 lead.
After a Washington-Lee punt early in the second quarter, Stuart’s diminutive and speedy Sam Drigo busted through the line for a 62-yard run. But the drive ended at Washington-Lee’s 14-yard line after a failed fourth down conversion. After several traded possesions, Washington-Lee’s Sargero connected on a 40-yard pass which set the Generals inside Stuarts red-zone with less than 20 seconds to spare. Washington-Lee looked to the end-zone on consecutive passes with no success and the half ended with Stuart holding a 6-0 lead.
Stuart seized momentum in the second half when Sam Drigo outran the Generals for an 85-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter. Javonte Robinsin then carried the ball into the end-zone for a two-point conversion, giving Stuart a 14-0 lead. Washington-Lee’s next possession ended with a turnover on downs and Stuart wasted no time to score again. On the first play of the drive, Robinson connected deep with Ameer Biddle for a 39-yard touchdown pass, to raise Stuart’s lead to 21 points. Washington-Lee finally found a rhythm on offense and drove into Stuart territory behind a strong rushing attack. Anthony Taylor rumbled for 13 yards to the 5-yard line, before Rigo Salguerro ran a quarterback keep for a touchdown, putting the Generals on the board and bringing them within 21-7. On the ensuing possesion, Stuart running back Chris Kirby responded a 30-yard run, which was followed several plays later by Javonte Robinson’s 35-yard touchdown scamper. With 11:51 to go in the fourth quarter, Stuart was firmly in control 28-7, and only needed to hold on for victory.
Washington-Lee then drove 81 yards, all on the ground, to the 4-yard line, before Stuart’s defense stiffened. The Raider defensive, which had been stingy all night, stood their ground on a 4th and goal from the 4-yard line, ending the General’s last threat with 7:12 to go. The Raiders then turned to their ground game to kill four minutes and 53 seconds off the clock on their next possession. Senior running back Chris Kirby again broke a long run, this time for 60 yards. This gave Stuart good field position late in the final quarter, and a chance to score once more. A few plays later, Javonte Robinson ran for his second touchdown of the night, finishing the scoring at 34-7 with 2:19 left to play.
Dual threat junior quarterback Javonte Robinson was responsible for four of the five Raider touchdowns, two coming through the air, and two on the ground. Stuart also reached the 30-point mark on offense for the second consecutive game after beating Wakefield 35-0 in Arlington the week before. The Raiders defense was paced by safety Omar Daher’s two interceptions. The win improves Stuart’s record to 3-3, and they are tied for 2nd in the National District with a record of 2-1. Washington-Lee came into the game with a winning record of 3-2, and is now tied with Stuart for second in the district, with an identical record. One more win would guarantee Stuart matching their best record since the 1999 team finished 4-6 overall.