As usual, Joe Wilson had a big night with 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns, but Robinson’s passing game also found success in the 52-0 win against Herndon.
Dual-threat senior Turner Peterson returned from injury to record two touchdown receptions while Jack Rowlett took over the reins at quarterback to complete seven of 10 passes.
Putting up big offensive numbers will be key again in Friday’s showdown at Oakton (6-2), but Taylor is hoping that his defense repeats its stout effort versus Oakton’s high-octane offense. Cougars quarterback Kyle Downer has had his way all season, posting at least one touchdown and 100-plus total yards of offense in every game.
Around the Northern Region
It’s the time of the season when players on teams on the outside of the playoff picture realize their football careers might be waning.
That feeling is dawning on West Springfield senior quarterback Tyler Sutter.
“It’s starting to hit me that these Next 2 weeks could possibly be the last time I’ll ever put on football pads...” he tweeted this week.
It could be. The Spartans have the ninth-highest Virginia High School League power rating among Northern Region Division 6 schools. The top eight teams reach the playoffs. West Springfield’s remaining games are at home against West Potomac (6-2) and at Lake Braddock (6-2).
Washington-Lee (4-4) is a spot behind West Springfield. The Generals play at Stuart (2-6), a team they have lost to the past two years. W-L scored 124 points in the fourth through sixth games but just six the past two weeks in losses to Herndon (1-7) and Hayfield (5-3).
South County (3-5) currently has the region’s last Division 5 playoff spot. The Stallions play at Annandale (1-7) this week and host W.T. Woodson (2-6) next week.
T.C. Williams (3-5) and Lee (3-5) each hold out hope of .500 regular seasons. Lee has scored only 14 points during its four-game losing streak against Oakton (6-2), West Potomac, South County and Lake Braddock. Lee has beaten T.C. in six of the past seven meetings.
Lake Braddock takes a five-game winning streak to Woodson. Junior linebacker Dwight Lomax, a transfer from Fork Union Military Academy, has boosted the Bruins’ defense, which also has benefited from the return of senior lineman Romario Peart, who missed the first half of the season with a broken foot. Woodson junior Jimmy McLaughlin has caught at least one touchdown pass in three of the past four games.
No. 16 Yorktown (8-0) aims for a 24th consecutive National District regular season win with a home game against Mount Vernon (3-5). Yorktown has won seven of the past nine in the series. Patriots junior running back M.J. Stewart has scored 20 touchdowns, overshadowing the fact that junior quarterback Will Roebuck, a first-year starter, has thrown 14 touchdown passes.
Edison (4-4) has beaten Wakefield (0-8) in at least 11 straight meetings. Wakefield is trying to avoid its first 0-10 season since 2004.
Hayfield has given up only 13 points during its three-game winning streak. Senior Nathan Trebach last week had seven tackles, a half-sack and a fumble recovery in a 39-0 win over Washington-Lee, and senior running back David Ackah gained 153 yards on seven carries.