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Weekly Roundup: Meridian Cross Country Head to Regional Championships

By Ryan McCafferty and Nick Porr

Meridian High School

The Mustang football team was able to finally break into the win column this week! Freshman QB Cruz Ruoff and a potent rushing attack led by Omar Dabbourah and Alden Harrison pushed Meridian over visiting Park View on Friday night in their 34-28 victory. The Mustangs jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and held on the rest of the way in front of a packed crowd.

Meridian’s girls’ field hockey squad finished 2nd in the District playoffs, beating Kettle Run 3-0 on Tuesday but falling in overtime to Fauquier on Thursday by a score of 1-2. Their season will continue in the Regionals, as they are set to host an opponent to be determined this Thursday.

Meridian Girls volleyball split its pair of road games this week, beating Brentsville 3-0 on Tuesday but then falling to Skyline 0-3 on Thursday. They’ll play host to James Monroe on Tuesday and Skyline on Thursday this upcoming week. Boys Volleyball played four matches this past weekend and went 4-0. They are now 10-4 in the season, with playoffs beginning next weekend. They are expected to be a third or fourth seed. 

Meridian Boys and Girls Cross Country are Northwestern District Champions, the first time since 2010. (Photo: FCCPS)

Falls Church High School

Football (2-6) took a tough loss to the Annandale Atoms (3-6) 28-27 at home Friday night. A late touchdown from the Jaguars was not enough to push them over the top, as they fell to their local rivals. They will be back in action Friday at John R. Lewis (1-7). 

Field hockey was bounced from the Region tournament Wednesday night, falling 2-4 to West Springfield. 

Volleyball opens their district tournament Monday night against Justice High School. If they win, they will play in the District semifinals Wednesday. The Finals are scheduled for Thursday, as are the Region Playoffs first round. Check the Falls Church website and Twitter for updates on those Thursday game times. 

Wednesday Boys Cross Country competed in the FCPS JV jamboree. The Jags finished 12th of 23 behind freshman Jeremy Scott’s 33rd place finish.

Justice High School 

Football (0-8) was demolished at home by Washington-Liberty (4-4) 42-0. It’s been a long and rough season for the Wolves so far. The offense has struggled mightily, scoring just 8.75 points per game. They will have another shot to wake up the offense this Friday against the Annandale Atoms (3-6).

This past week Volleyball split their results, losing 3-1 to Thomas Jefferson and defeating Mount Vernon 3-0. Monday night Volleyball (16-12) will play their first District playoff game against Falls Church. Should they win they will compete in the semifinals on Wednesday. 

Cross Country struggled at the FCPS JV jamboree, with the Boys finishing 23rd out of 23 teams and the girls finishing 13th of 18. 

Cheerleading had a successful week, winning the District Championships Saturday night, overcoming the likes of second place Hayfield High School.

Marshall High School 

Football (1-7) lost their sixth straight game Friday to Langley High School (5-3) by a score of 35-20. With just two games left in the regular season, the Statesmen have little time left to add to the win column. They play Wakefield (0-9) Friday night at home.

Field Hockey will enter the region tournament in the quarterfinals Wednesday night.

Volleyball shut out McLean Thursday night in the Liberty District Quarterfinals, winning 3-0. They compete in the Semi-finals against a team TBD Tuesday night at home. 

JV Cross Country competed in the FCPS JV Jamboree alongside Falls Church HS and Justice Wednesday. The Boys finished 13th of 23 behind a 31st place finish from senior Henry Wilder. 

The Girls didn’t send a full team, just competing with three runners. Freshman Emma Kops led the trio with a 24:58 finish placing 106th.

Senior Ilia Malinin made Marshall proud Sunday, winning the Men’s Championship at Skate America. Malinin stunned the audience performing a quadruple axel, landing the jump for only the second time in the event’s history. He is the youngest champion in the competition’s history at age 16.