Paul VI Catholic snapped a three-game losing streak with its 26-14 win against Fredericksburg Christian, and with the Virginia Independent Schools playoffs on the horizon, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Panthers Coach Gordon Leib said his defense’s strong effort was aided by the play of senior tackle Mike Hale-Kupiec and sophomore linebacker Spencer Hayes, who now appear healed from various lingering injuries. Plus, freshman wideout Tyler Scanlon emerged with his best game of the season, catching five passes for 83 yards and a critical touchdown in the first half’s waning moments.
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.
Oren Burks learned leadership qualities from former Stallions standout Devin Vandyke and is now a leader for South County.
“I told my guys that we’ve got no choice but to win our last three games,” said Leib, whose team faces Bishop Ireton (0-7) this week. “I’m not sure if 7-3 will get us in the playoffs but if we want some control of our fate, we’ve got to win.”
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Bullis Coach Pat Cilento said he was unsure if quarterback Danny Copeland will play again this season after suffering a wrist injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s 61-14 win over St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (5-2). Copeland’s injury delayed the game for nearly a half hour while paramedics attended to the senior, who was eventually taken off the field in an ambulance. Backup Yusef Muhammedfinished with 33 yards passing and 39 yards rushing. Steven Attah led the Bullis defense with six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception. Bullis is now 6-0. . . .
Landon’s two-game winning streak came to a halt Saturday, as Woodberry Forest held the Bears’ Myles Allen to 20 yards rushing in a 27-14 win. . . .
St. Albans quarterback Mike McCurdy threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Episcopal. McCurdy, who had touchdown passes of 45, 25 and six yards, has now thrown 21 touchdowns this season for St. Albans (4-3). Episcopal (2-3) has lost three straight.
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The Potomac School overcame a slow start and a 3-0 halftime deficit Saturday against Sidwell Friends, as Chris Martin scored two-second half touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 25-3 league win. Martin rushed for 75 yards on the afternoon, and Johnny Read and Jalen Broom added 88 and 74 yards rushing respectively for Potomac School (4-2), which will play a pair of nonconference games against Avalon and Bishop Ireton the next two weeks before meeting Flint Hill in the regular season finale on November 3. . . .
Flint Hill (4-2) scored 47 first half points and added a pair of defensive touchdowns in the second half to beat Saint James 60-0 on Saturday. It was Flint Hill’s fourth straight win, and the fourth straight contest that quarterback Stevie Peterson threw multiple touchdown passes. He had scoring tosses of 30 and 27 yards, and added a one-yard running score in the first quarter. Peterson also kicked six extra points. . . .
Maret quarterback Marc Tornillo threw for 321 yards and four touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough in a 63-34 loss to Trinity Episcopal. Tornillo also rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown for Maret (3-3), which has lost three straight and will host Flint Hill on Saturday.