“He’s the best-kept secret in the region, but people will see how he is,” Lee Coach Clarence Martin said this preseason of the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Jolly. ...
Oakton opened the season with a huge defensive performance that could be a strong indicator of the Cougars’ potential. Despite graduating several starters on that side of the ball, Oakton held rival Madison to just 122 yards on 46 snaps in a 35-13 win. “I felt like we settled in a little bit defensively,” Cougars Coach Jason Rowley said.
On the other side of the ball, Oakton is led by senior Kyle Downer, a returning starter who is one of the top quarterbacks in the region. A true dual-threat, Downer is as likely to drop back and throw as duck his shoulder and run in between the tackles.
“We go as far as Kyle Downer takes us,” Rowley said. “Without him our offense is certainly not as potent. We rely on him heavily.”
Around Prince William
Woodbridge’s 32-0 loss last season to Broad Run, which had just moved up to the Virginia AA classification, was a low point in the Vikings’ 1-3 start. And it could have been worse — four Broad Run possessions ended on downs inside the Woodbridge 20-yard line.
The teams meet Friday at Woodbridge with the Vikings off to a 1-0 start.
Sophomore quarterback Mike Majette, in his second year as a starter , completed nine of 14 passes for 124 yards in a 27-7 win at Franklin County last week and senior Jaylen Avent rushed 20 times for 186 yards.
Last year against Broad Run, Majette completed eight passes for only 31 yards.
“He’s reading a lot better, starting to get comfortable with the quarterback position, when to tuck and run and when not too,” Vikings Coach Kevin Smith said. “He’s a quiet leader, not a vocal person. He’s a lead-by-example kid.” ...
It’s fitting that the viewing (at First Baptist Church of Woodbridge) for late Gar-Field statistician Ricky Arrington will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday night, at the same time his Indians will be playing at home against first-year Loudoun County school Champe.
Arrington, a 1973 Gar-Field graduate who died last month, was a sideline fixture for years in Prince William County. Many knew him better as the former chief of the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department. He used to arrange to have a fire truck at Gar-Field home games to blast the lights and sirens after an Indians touchdown.
Gar-Field honored Arrington with a moment of silence before last week’s home game against Stonewall Jackson. ...
No. 2 Hylton plays at first-year varsity program Patriot on Friday. In time, this could be a big game in Prince William County. The Pioneers (1-1) picked up their first varsity win last week with a 38-27 victory over Brooke Point after going 19-1 at the freshman and junior varsity levels last year, when they did not field a varsity team.
Patriot is a growing program. You want quantification? The school had to order $5,000 worth of additional weights to accommodate the eager lifters in the school’s still-smells-new weightroom. As of late August, there were 180 players in the program. ...
Does any area school get more bad news in August than Osbourn Park? Two years ago, quarterback Dominique Terrell transferred to Osbourn. Last year, quarterback Denathan Dukes went down with a knee injury. And this season, the Yellow Jackets lost running back Damian Nicholson to a broken fibula in a scrimmage. Nicholson has offers from West Virginia and East Carolina. Osbourn Park (1-0) hosts No. 16 Battlefield (1-1) on Friday.
But while the new programs have spiced up Friday nights in Leesburg and Purcellville, there’s nothing quite like County-Valley.
Loudoun’s oldest football foes renew their rivalry on Friday night at Valley with the hosts looking to avenge last year’s 32-19 loss in Leesburg. The Vikings (1-1) had won four straight in the series before last season but the two teams had not met since Loudoun Valley made the move to AAA in 2006.
Valley bounced back from a Week 1 overtime loss at Fauquier with a 52-19 rout of James Wood. Sophomore Andrew Cordani rushed for four touchdowns against the Colonels, and the Vikings will lean on him heavily after they lost starter Bryce Wince to a broken leg in the contest.