“We were trying to score but it wasn’t going our way,” Rams Coach Trey Taylor said. “Centreville had the ball on our side of the field for most of the second half, so our defense really had to come through for us.”
Indeed, the defense did its part, holding the Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) scoreless until a fourth-quarter score tied the game at 21 and sent the teams into overtime. Robinson (3-3, 1-1) scored first in the extra period, as Joe Wilson (238 rushing yards) ran for his fourth touchdown of the night. On the ensuing possession, Centreville fumbled on first down while attempting a sweep. The Rams recovered the ball, sealing a third straight victory and a 28-21 upset of their Virginia AAA Concorde District foe.
For the fourth straight week, Wilson surpassed the 200-yard mark, pushing his season total to 1,427 yards along with 22 touchdowns. Friday’s win also marked the third straight contest in which Wilson accounted for all of the Rams’ offensive touchdowns.
“It’s not our intention to get every yard on the ground,” Taylor said. “We’ve just been giving [Wilson] the ball in the I-formation and even though people know it’s coming, he’s been able to find the seam. Once he gets out in the open field, he’s tough to tackle.” . . .
After falling to crosstown rival Westfield on Friday in a 24-21 loss, Chantilly received some more bad news. According to Chargers Coach Mike Lalli, junior outside linebacker Danny Farrell broke his collarbone in two places during a first-quarter play and is expected to be sidelined for the season.
Potomac finds extra inspiration
During Potomac’s preparations last week for a game at Woodbridge, Panthers senior lineman Gerald Turley took in a ball from home that all the Potomac players on the 2006 team had signed after winning the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 5 championship. Turley’s brother, Marvin, played on that team.
The current Panthers found inspiration in the inscribed memento and used that motivation in an 18-6 win at Woodbridge on Friday.
“We made everybody touch it, everybody hold it,” said Potomac senior All-Met lineman Donta Wilkins, who helped limit Woodbridge (4-2) to 36 yards rushing by recording 12 tackles, including eight solo stops. He also graded out at 93 percent on the offensive line, with four pancake blocks.
The win marked the first for Potomac over a team with a winning record since midway through the 2008 season, when the Panthers topped eventual Division 6 state finalist Osbourn. It also marked Potomac’s first win over Woodbridge since 2007.
“It can’t do anything but give us confidence,” Potomac Coach Jerry Roadcap said. “We just have to handle it the right way.”