Raiders rush to victory against longtime rival

September 9, 2011

There was a time when Loudoun Valley vs. Loudoun County football was the only game in town. But Friday night in Leesburg, the two oldest schools in Loudoun met for the first time since 2006 on an artificial turf field built in 2010.

Sparked by a 14-play, 74-yard opening drive that began a theme of relentless rushing all night, Loudoun County — the county’s original high school — rumbled to a 32-19 victory.

“These are the first two schools — County and Valley,” said Loudoun County senior Brock Badman, who gained most of his 122 yards in the second half. “It was intense, we had a great atmosphere and it’s good to get this rivalry going again.”

With the wet weather moving the game to nearby Tuscarora, the Raiders (2-0, 1-0 AA Dulles District) took advantage of the fast surface with a trio of productive rushers.

Junior Deron Davis capped the opening drive with a 10-yard inside run into the end zone and senior Antonio Rutherford (93 yards on 20 carries) broke off a 39-yard touchdown run five plays later after Ben Messina blocked a Loudoun Valley punt.

Two drives later, junior Brad Szoka hauled in a Jake Lokey pass with one hand, cut back across the field and beat the defense to the goal line for an 82-yard touchdown that gave the Raiders a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter.

But Loudoun Valley (1-2, 0-1) responded two possessions later on a drive that included three drive-extending catches by senior Boston College recruit Harrison Jackson. On the third, Jackson made an athletic play on an underthrown jump ball from quarterback Neill Frazier at the front corner of the end zone to cut the deficit to 20-7 at the half.

The Vikings pulled closer on the first play after the break when shifty senior tailback Donald Devine (217 rushing yards on 23 carries) scampered 61 yards for a touchdown.

But Lokey’s one-yard sneak — set up by a 43-yard screen pass to Messina on second and 18 — and Badman’s 19-yard scoring run on the Raiders’ ensuing drive put the game out of reach.

●CALVERT HALL 18, No. 6 DEMATHA 0: The Stags lost to The (Baltimore) Sun’s second-ranked team in the second game of the Patriot Classic in Annapolis. DeMatha (1-1) lost starting quarterback Jamal Robinson to an injury in the first half and later had a touchdown pass called back because of a holding penalty.

●SPINGARN 34, BELL 18: The Griffins took the field with a varsity team for the first time in nearly 20 years, but they gave up a go-ahead touchdown as time expired in the first half and fell to the Mighty Green Wave in a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association nonleague game in Northeast.

Bell last fielded a varsity team in 1993, forfeiting three games that season because of a lack of eligible players.

Bell did not field a team the next season — Spingarn borrowed Bell’s equipment for the 1994 season after its own equipment was stolen — but fielded a junior varsity the past four seasons.

On Friday, Coach Desmond Alexander had 24 players in uniform and after giving up an early punt return for a touchdown, Bell took an 8-6 lead. Senior quarterback Earnest Jackson threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Devonte Wilson and running back Joseph Waller ran for the two-point conversion.

Following another Spingarn touchdown, Bell junior Paulin Miano blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety that made it 12-10. Then Waller scored on a three-yard run and ran in the conversion for an 18-12 lead.

“We haven’t had a team . . . so it was a really big deal for us to have the opportunity to go out and compete on the varsity level,” Alexander said. “We definitely came out and competed, which I’m happy about. But I expected to win.”

●No. 13 ARUNDEL 53, NORTHEAST 0: Wide receiver Gary Cropper returned a punt 96 yards for a touchdown as the Wildcats (2-0) scored over 50 points for the second straight game. Quarterback Cooper Hibbs was 13 of 19 for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

●LANDON 29, McNAMARA 14: Phil Pena scored on a 65-yard run midway through the third quarter and two minutes later, Deion Wellington returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as the Bears pulled away for the victory in the season opener for both teams in the Patriot Classic in Annapolis.

“They made a couple mistakes and we capitalized on them,” Landon Coach Paul Padalino said.

The Bears had started slowly, falling behind 6-0 before taking a 9-6 halftime lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Myles Allen and Alex Mockett’s 33-yard field goal. Coming out of halftime, Landon used the two big plays to build a comfortable lead.

●GAITHERSBURG 9, SPRINGBROOK 0: Sophomore Solomon Vault had 131 total yards (91 rushing, 40 receiving) to pace the Trojans. Running back Lincon Reyes scored the game’s only touchdown, a four-yard run in the third quarter, and the Trojans (2-0) also scored on a safety. Springbrook fell to 1-1.

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