“Nobody is crying for us and we still had opportunities to get it done and we didn’t,” Haddock said. “I think we’re steadily improving. . . . We’re holding it all together with spit and glue and hopefully the next couple weeks we get them coached up and repped up.” . . .
The Lee-West Springfield game pits two of the top rushers in the Northern Region — Lee junior
Michael Jolly and West Springfield senior Jonathan Dunn, who has a scholarship offer from Wake Forest. Both teams are 2-0 headed into this Patriot District opener. And the schools, 4.4 miles apart, have alternated winning this game the past four seasons, with Lee coming out on top 30-9 last year. Jolly scored twice that game. . . .
Game of the week: Paint Branch at No. 4 Quince Orchard.
Hard to believe that Falls Church (0-2) and Marshall (0-2), schools four miles apart, went from 2004 until 2011 without playing each other. It seems like it would have been a welcome marriage for both: From 2005 to 2010, Falls Church had one winning season and Marshall two. Falls Church won all four games in the series between 2001 and 2004 but lost 34-0 last year. . . .
Herndon-Yorktown is a potentially chest-puffing game for the National District, even though Herndon (0-2), out of the touted Concorde District, won only three games combined in 2010 and 2011. The National teams like one of their own beating a Concorde opponent as Yorktown (2-0) did 41-7 last year over Herndon. In that game, junior M.J. Stewart rushed for 185 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries. . . .
Madison (1-1) plays at Hayfield (2-0) on Friday in a game that had one of the most exciting finishes in the Northern Region last season. Jaden Thomas, now a senior, kicked a 26-yard field goal in the final seconds for a 29-27 win after the Warhawks had gone ahead with about two minutes left. Madison blocked the initial game-winning field goal attempt, but just before the snap, the Warhawks had called timeout, so Thomas got another shot. “I’m sure it was interesting to watch,” Hayfield Coach Roy Hill said. Hayfield this week should have junior lineman George Asante back from injury, which will bolster a defense led by senior Nathan Trebach, who in two games has 18 solo tackles and 20 assists. Hayfield hosts Yorktown next week in what some consider a quasi-National District championship. . . .
Annandale (0-2) hosts Stuart (1-1) in its home opener. If not for a 31-28 win last season over Stuart on a last-second field goal, the Atoms would have been 0-10. Annandale’s next three opponents — Oakton, West Potomac, West Springfield — are all 2-0. . . .
Robinson has won at least the past seven games against T.C. Williams (1-1) and needs to make it eight in a row Friday to avoid a rare if not unprecedented 0-3 start. Similarly, Edison has won 10 of the past 11 against Washington-Lee and needs another victory in the series to avoid starting 0-3. South County will fall to that record if it doesn’t beat West Potomac. The Stallions reached the Division 5 final last year after an 0-3 start. Versatile West Potomac senior Demornay Pierson-El scored on two touchdown catches against South County last year. This season, he has four rushing touchdowns in two games. . . .