Trevor O’Brien rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns in Ashburn.
“When the season ended and we all got back to work in the weight room, the coaches told me the running back spot was mine but I didn’t take that for granted, and I worked for this moment,” O’Brien said. “I said if they weren’t going to respect the run, then I’d be ready and with the [offensive] line blocking, we got it done.”
“We wanted to get after them with a faster pace and test their conditioning and you saw it pay off toward the end with their guys cramping up and fatigued,” Bruins Coach Jim Poythress said. “But there’s a reason they have the success they have, so we knew they would keep fighting.”
We’ll have a full story, photo gallery and video from the game later tonight. For now relive the action via reporter Brandon Parker’s Twitter feed.
●YORKTOWN UPSET:The Langley Saxons opened its season by handing No. 17 Yorktown its first regular season loss in two years, winning at home 35-28.
“It was a big one for us,” said Langley Coach John Howerton. “We felt like we handled them pretty good and controlled the ball.”
Quarterback Nick Casso finished with 92 yards rushing and 164 yards passing with three touchdowns. Running back Tyler West added 278 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns.
“We were driving the ball pretty much the entire game,” Howerton said. “It was very exciting.”
Langley (1-0) led 21-15 at the half, but Yorktown (1-1) made a late push behind runningback M.J. Stewart, who accounted for four touchdowns.
But the Saxons, who next plays Stonebridge on Thursday, had enough firepower to hold off the Patriots.
“We had a great crowd. The kids were extremely excited. With a win like that it kind of spoke for itself,” Howerton said. “The kids are extremely happy and you got to convince them that these are the games they train so hard for.”
●HYLTON WINS: Hylton (2-0) reeled off 36 unanswered points to rebound from a 22-point deficit and defeat Stonewall Jackson (0-1) 36-22 in Woodbridge.
Hylton senior quarterback Travon McMillian (24 carries, 187 yards) rushed for a pair of touchdowns and added two scores through the air.
Down 22, the Bulldogs got onto the board when junior fullback Codie Bowers ran it in from 16 yards out with two minutes, 52 seconds left in the first half
Hylton cut Stonewall’s lead to eight, 22-13, when McMillian hooked up with sophomore wide receiver Damian Wright on a 46-yard touchdown pass 39 seconds before halftime.
“It takes teamwork,” said McMillian of Hylton’s comeback. “We came out in the second half and made some changes.”
McMillian’s counterpart, Raiders senior Greg Stroman had first-half scoring runs of 32 and 29 yards. In all, Stroman rushed for 117 yards on 21 carries.
He exited the game midway through the fourth quarter after suffering an apparent leg injury and didn’t return.
Marcellus Powell didn’t dance, or even strut, as he strolled into the end zone after taking an interception 43 yards for a score late in the fourth quarter Friday night against Churchill. Cramps had been snaking up his legs all night Friday, and the physical head-hunter was on the prowl, looking for a play late in the game that would put a stamp on the team’s season opener.
He got much more than he bargained for when he slipped into the flat on a third-down call against the Bulldogs. He had been reading quarterback Sean Strittmatter’s eyes all night, and noticed that the sophomore signal caller was forcing the ball to the sidelines — and the final ball Strittmatter threw on the night landed in Powell’s stomach, turning into the pivotal play during the Baron’s 25-15 win over the Bulldogs in an early Montgomery 4A South contest in Bethesda.
“I’m still having trouble thinking that it actually happened,” said Powell of his first career interception return for a touchdown, which gave Bethesda-Chevy Chase a 10-point lead with just over six minutes to play in the game. “There were already a few deflections that I had [earlier in the game], so I just kept reading his eyes. I knew he was going to probably throw there.”
The talented Strittmatter (13 of 21, 155 yards and a touchdown) threw three second half interceptions, the last proving the most costly. Churchill held a 15-12 halftime lead, but Bethesda-Chevy Chase was simply more physical on both sides of the ball in the second half. The Barons recaptured the lead on a 43 yard touchdown run from Nana Yaw Amankwah-Ayeh and Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s triple-option offense racked up much of its 191 yards rushing in the final two quarters.
The defense, however, owned the performance. Strittmatter had Churchill marching in the middle of the third quarter, but was intercepted on inside the Baron’s 15-yard line by Mason Bray on a key third down call, and on the following possession, Jordan Miller picked off a pass near midfield after Strittmatter threw across his body.
“We had so many clutch stops,” Powell said.
Churchill was considered by many people to be one of the preseason favorites in the 4A South and were expected to win the opener, said Bethesda-Chevy chase quarterback Jack Hanifee, who finished with 88 yards rushing. That wasn’t lost on the team during the last month of a grueling training camp, especially for the defense. The unit adopted the the motto “Bullies of the 4A South,” before Friday’s game – and Hanifee could only watch in admiration as the group lived up to the billing.
“I think we showed that tonight, beating up on a team . . . everyone picked them to win,” Hanifee said, “and once [Powell’s interception return] happened, I think everyone was 100 percent confident that we were going to take this game.”
●MCNAMARA PREVAILS: Georgetown Prep (1-1) had no answer for Bishop McNamara quarterback Ramar Williams Friday night, as the sophomore threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the Mustangs’ 34-9 win in Bethesda Friday night.
Williams threw for 282 yards, completing 28 of 37 passes and throwing one interception -- a pick for which he got revenge when he intercepted a pass from his Little Hoyas’ counterpart Corey Howard and returned it 81 yards for a touchdown with fewer than three minutes to go to seal the win.
Williams used that pick-six speed offensively,too, proving nearly impossible to bring down. Williams scrambled out of an often-collapsing pocket time and time again, rolling wide or stepping through the Prep line to complete unlikely passes in key situations.
The Mustangs converted seven of 12 third downs, and on five of those conversions Williams threw passes of ten or more yards or more, one of which was a touchdown. He also converted a fourth and 21, finding a wide open Camari Murray for a 24-yard score.
“Our plan was to get the ball in space to our athletes,” Williams said. “We wanted to keep the tempo up and give guys a chance to make plays.”
McNamara needed those third-and-long conversions desperately, as they incurred 15 penalties for 115 yards. But Williams nearly always answered the bell. At one point, the Mustangs took two straight false start penalties, setting up a third and 13. Williams scrambled and found receiver Jordan Crockett for a 13-yard gain.
“I say we’re lucky,” said Bishop McNamara coach Keith Goganious, who forced his players to run sprints after the penalty-heavy showing. “We’re getting penalties for no reason. We had 15 this week, 15 last week...that’s a very good football team and we just had a little more than they had tonight.”
Murray proved Williams’s go-to weapon, catching eight passes for 115 yards in addition to his eight carries for 18 yards. Prep also struggled to slow down Crockett, who caught five passes for 95 yards.
Prep’s Corey Howard threw for 86 yards on 8 of 16 passing. Four of those passes found Steve Johnston, who recorded the Little Hoyas’ only touchdown of the game when he reeled in an 11 yard lob from Howard.
Ballou 26 Phelps 8
Carroll 26, Anacostia 16
H.D. Woodson 42, Theodore Roosevelt 0
Bethesda-Chevy Chase 25, Churchill 15
Damascus 49, Einstein 22
Northwest 61, Magruder 0
Oakland Mills 44, Long Reach 6
Old Mill 35, Broadneck 21
Poolesville 43, Northwood 6
Quince Orchard 35, Clarksburg 7
River Hill 7, Glenelg 3
Rockville 40, Richard Montgomery 38
Seneca Valley 42, Wheaton 6
Whitman 21, Blake 0
Briar Woods 28, Colonial Forge 19
Broad Run 41, Dominion 0
Centreville 44, T.C. Williams 16
Langley 35 Yorktown 28
Loudoun County 45, Freedom-South Riding 7
Potomac Falls 16, Heritage 6
Robinson 35, W.T. Woodson 3
Good Counsel 42, St. Frances 6
McNamara 34, Georgetown Prep 9
Potomac School 34, John Paul the Great 13