Lake Braddock football continues dominant start with shutdown defense

It’s been several weeks since Lake Braddock endured its three-game gauntlet against Robinson, No. 17 Stone Bridge and No. 15 Westfield to open the season. But after passing each of those tests and vaulting to No. 4 in rankings, it seems the Bruins have yet to dial down their intense approach to each game. Lake Braddock has won its last three games by a combined score of 176-0 and forced 10 turnovers, three of which have resulted in touchdowns.

The impressive stretch has kept the Bruins on pace with the two teams ahead of them in the rankings, Centreville and Quince Orchard, both of whom have also blanked their last three opponents.

“We knew going into the season that the first three games would be tough, so Coach [Jim Poythress] made sure we prided ourselves on our work ethic and execution,” Lake Braddock wide receiver/defensive back A.J. Alexander said. “Now, it’s become a habit for everybody. We may be playing teams that aren’t as good as the first three, but that doesn’t mean our approach should be different. We want to win every game.”

Along with Alexander, the defense is been anchored by linebackers Kevin Hankton and Dwight Lomax. The linebacker duo has been relentless, chasing down opponents to help hold Annandale, West Potomac and W.T. Woodson under 100 yards of offense each. As a result, the Bruins offense often has a shorter field to with which to work, allowing Trevor O’Brien (729 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns) to break out as a ball carrier and Caleb Henderson to play nearly mistake free with just one interception.

“I knew we were capable of playing like this, but it’s still definitely surprising it’s happened like this,” Alexander said. “If we shut out the rest of our opponents, so be it. That’s not our main objective, though. We are trying to build good habits for a championship run.”

The Bruins will host West Springfield on Friday for their homecoming game. Henderson will be presented with his Army all-American Bowl game jersey during the game.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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