“It was an easy decision, because we wanted to find an offense to get all our best athletes on the field,” Coach Said Aziz said. “In the old [offense], two were in the game and three or four were standing on the sideline. Right now, we’re definitely doing a lot better.”
Falls Church, 0-10 in 2011, has one winning season in the past 11 years, and the Jaguars’ two victories this fall have come against winless teams Marshall and Wakefield.
Oren Burks learned leadership qualities from former Stallions standout Devin Vandyke and is now a leader for South County.
One of the nation’s top recruits at linebacker, Hylton’s E.J. Levenberry is committed to Florida State and will play in the 2013 Army All-American Bowl.
But they have scored almost as many points through seven games this season (157) than they did in the previous two seasons combined (161), and the starters are almost exclusively juniors and sophomores. One of the losses was in overtime to Edison, and the junior varsity is 4-0.
Falls Church junior quarterback Adam Daly has thrown for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns. Four receivers have 21 or more receptions, led by junior Jordan Coneys (47). Junior running back Dieon Dupont has accounted for 11 touchdowns.
Aziz said the new playing style also is a good recruiting tool at one of the smaller schools in the Northern Region because athletes who might not otherwise go out for football are attracted to the finesse of the spread game and see so many players involved in the offense.
Falls Church hosts No. 17 Yorktown (7-0) for homecoming this week.
Stonewall Jackson pulls out a win
No. 18 Stonewall Jackson needed to drive about 70 yards in the final 85 seconds to pull out a 28-24 homecoming win over first-year varsity program Patriot last week.
On that final drive, junior quarterback Greg Stroman connected with senior J.R. Washington for a 30-yard pickup, scrambled for 12 yards and then hooked up with senior slot receiver Reuben Osei for a 29-yard touchdown with 12 seconds left.
Stonewall (7-0) rolled up 400 yards of offense in playing their fifth consecutive home game but threw three interceptions, lost two fumbles and turned the ball over twice on downs to Patriot (2-6).
The Pioneers’ three touchdowns, including kickoff and interception returns, covered 217 yards.
“To overcome that’s great, but if we’re going to make a deep push into the playoffs, we’re going to have to be a lot better than we were Friday,” said Stonewall Coach Mike Dougherty, whose team plays at AAA Cedar Run District rival Osbourn (4-4) this week.