After falling 28-27 in overtime to Georgetown Prep this past Friday, Landon’s hopes for claiming the outright Interstate Athletic Conference championship hinge on this Saturday’s home game against St. Albans. The Bears’ high from beating Bullis last week quickly faded against the Little Hoyas (4-5), who took advantage of a missed extra point by Landon in overtime to win.
Landon (6-3, 3-0) must win this week to at least get a share of the title. Bullis (8-1, 3-1), which made quick work of Episcopal on Saturday, 48-0, will meet Georgetown Prep, an independent in football, Saturday and can clinch a share of the title if Landon stumbles against St. Albans (4-5, 1-2).
Against Landon, Georgetown Prep’s Brendan Collins provided the game-winning touchdown, a three-yard run, and he finished with 85 yards rushing and two scores on the day. Tene Samuto rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown for Georgetown Prep, which limited standout Landon running back Myles Allen to 56 yards rushing.
St. Albans dashed its IAC title hopes with a second consecutive loss Saturday, a 31-14 setback to St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes, despite getting 153 yards rushing and one touchdown from running back Arthur Jones. It was the first 100-yard rushing performance in four weeks from Jones, who has scored 11 touchdowns on the ground this season.
“Arthur is a really good running back,” St. Albans Coach Gary Schnell said. “We want to establish the run big time [against Landon]. Our guys have a lot to play for. We’ll be ready to take on the Bears.”
One day after he earned one of the best wins of his coaching career, a 45-27 win over Potomac School that gave his team the Mid-Atlantic Conference title, Flint Hill Coach Tom Verbanic was disappointed on Sunday when he heard through the grapevine that his team didn’t secure a berth in the Virginia Independent Schools playoff field. Collegiate School of Richmond, at 6-3, beat out the Huskies.
“I felt like we were playing pretty well. We got better as the year went on,” said Verbanic, whose team finished 7-2. “It is what it is. And there’s not a whole lot you can do about it.”
Flint Hill won its last seven games of the season, and finished with a perfect 4-0 league mark, winning its first MAC title in three seasons on Saturday. Verbanic thought there was an opportunity for his team to get a bid into the field – especially after a convincing, offensively explosive win against the two-time defending champion Panthers (5-4).
“We’re happy that we ended up with a pretty good year. Won the last seven and won the conference,” Verbanic said. “We’re not going to pout about it or anything like that, but obviously we’d love to be there.”