“In situations like that, I don’t really freak out,” said Goddard, who normally starts at cornerback. “I just told the team we needed to hustle through the whole drive and my mindset was to do what I knew I was capable of doing at quarterback.”
Jacob Hall proved plenty capable as well, rushing for a season-high 168 yards and three touchdowns during the Warhawks’ sixth straight win. Three of those victories have been sealed in the final three minutes of the game. Madison is 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Virginia AAA Liberty District.
“It shows we are a team you can never give up on,” Hall said. “We may not blow out teams every week, but we aren’t going to lay down and let the other team win, either. We fight to the last whistle and the results have been great.”
Warhawks Coach Lenny Schultz said it’s too early to tell if Powers’ injured foot will allow him to play Friday’s home contest against Fairfax (5-2, 4-0) but he will be evaluated throughout the week.
Goodell visits Centreville
After two straight overtime contests, Centreville steered clear of dramatics against McLean on Friday, winning 21-3. But last week still ended up being a memorable one for the Wildcat community.
On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stopped by the school to promote the new Heads Up Football program, one of three non-profit youth organizations recently launched to educate youth and parents about player safety. In between watching the Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) Wildcats practice and fielding questions, Goodell took time to chat with Centreville Coach Chris Haddock about his team’s season.
“He’s a very down-to-earth guy and asked me a ton of questions,” Haddock said. “Between him coming and President Obama speaking here [in July], I’d venture to say that we’re the only school that’s had both those guys visit within the span of six months, which is pretty neat.”
Between that and the Wildcats’ recent win, Haddock hopes these are good omens for his team’s future. To close out the regular season, Centreville (5-2) will face AAA Concorde District powers Chantilly (5-2), Westfield (7-0) and Oakton (6-1), making the play of standouts like A.J. Turner all the more important. The sophomore tailback rushed for a season-high 195 yards and three scores on just 13 carries last week.
“We haven’t played our best football yet, but that’s somewhat encouraging since we have some of our toughest games ahead and we’re going to need to play our best games,” Haddock said.
Falls Church picks up second win
Falls Church (2-5) during the offseason switched to a spread offense to better take advantage of its skill position players. The Jaguars picked up their second win Friday, blowing out Wakefield, 41-6.