Langley has leaned heavily on its run game to open the season 2-0, relying especially on tailback Philip Mun. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior led the team in rushing last year with 1,086 yards and nine touchdowns, and this season has touched the ball on 63 percent of the Saxons’ snaps. Through two games Mun has already carried the ball 64 times for 316 yards and four touchdowns.
“We’re in a one-back offense and he’s been a three-year starter, he’s been [1,000]-yards plus each year and hopefully this year he’ll be on track for much more than that,” Saxons Coach John Howerton said. “He’s strong, he fits our offense well with what we’re trying to do.” . . .
Game of the week: Paint Branch at No. 4 Quince Orchard.
Jefferson (1-1), which nearly beat Langley last week, has also relied on a run-heavy offense. Senior running back Patrick O’Connor has rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries, while Nathan Kim has added 198 yards and a score on eight carries. The Colonials now face an 0-2 Wakefield team that has given up 132 points in its first two games.
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Stonewall Jackson, idle last week, could get off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2007 with a home victory over Manassas (but non-district) rival Osbourn Park. This is the first of five straight home games for the Raiders. Without a winning season since 2004, when running backs Chris Garrett (Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL) and Ryan Williams (Arizona Cardinals) combined for more than 2,000 yards, Stonewall is in no position to overlook any opponent.
Let’s do it anyway.
The Raiders could be poised for a run during the homestand: Osbourn Park lost top player Damian Nicholson in the preseason (and lost to Stonewall last year). Brentsville has dropped 22 straight and has been outscored 827-129 during that time. No. 13 Battlefield is no doubt difficult; Stonewall has not beaten the Bobcats since 2006. Freedom-South Riding went 1-9 last year and lost 34-3 to Stonewall. And Patriot, which replaced No. 2 Hylton on the Raiders’ schedule, is a first-year varsity program. So it’s not a stretch to envision Stonewall at 6-1. Or better. Or worse. . . .
Hylton defensive lineman Reggie Miles, a Navy recruit, returns to Osbourn, where he played last season. The teams’ 2011 meeting was under bizarre circumstances. Hylton was supposed to play Gar-Field in the Northwest Region Division 6 semifinals. But the Indians had to forfeit after they discovered that an ineligible player had competed in a few games. So Osbourn, with several football players having already reported to basketball after a playoff lost to Gar-Field, got back into the postseason almost a week later and lost 54-26 at Hylton. . . .
Would have been nice to book a Janis Joplin impersonator to sing the anthem and “Me and Bobby McGee” at the Freedom-Woodbridge vs. Freedom-South Riding game. Imagine the rousing cheer from both the home and visitors bleachers for the “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose” line. Freedom-Woodbridge has lost 31 of its last 32 games. Freedom-South Riding has lost 10 of its last 12.