By Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Seven days after falling to No. 13 Broad Run by a touchdown in the Dulles District championship game, No. 20 Park View returned to Ashburn with redemption on its mind.
The Patriots exacted their revenge in defeating Broad Run, 16-12, behind one of Coach Andy Hill's signature trick plays, this time a 44-yard halfback option pass from running back Eric Johnston to quarterback C.J. Leizear.
The Patriots (10-1) had fallen behind by two points on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Broad Run's Chris Jessop to sophomore Adrian Flemming. But the Patriots drove down the field, and on second and three, Hill called the trick play.
"My heart dropped," said Johnston. "This is the first week we ever practiced it, and I did not complete it once in practice. It was always hitting the ground, or I couldn't find C.J. I saw C.J. this time, and he made a good play."
With the win, the Patriots advanced to the Region II championship game after falling in the first round of the playoffs the last two years.
"There's some redemption to be found when you come back after getting beat and being humbled," Hill said. "We've got a goal now where we want to advance further and further."
Park View jumped to a 3-0 lead on Clayton Parker's 25-yard field goal with 1 minute 11 seconds left in the first quarter, but Broad Run marched right back down the field to snatch the lead back. A heavy dose of junior Breon Earl, who had five carries for 41 yards on the drive, took the Spartans (10-1) to the 1-yard line, and quarterback Cole Shain snuck in for the score. A missed extra point kept the score at 6-3.
The Patriots responded right away, moving 73 yards on eight plays, and Johnston's one-yard touchdown plunge gave them a 10-6 lead at halftime.
But after a defensive battle for much of the second half, Broad Run marched down the field behind its playmaker Jessop.
Jessop hit Ryan Diviney on a 48-yard pass to move into Patriots territory. Then on third and two from the 23, the junior took the snap and rolled right, shedding one would-be tackler before unleashing a bullet as he was hit. The ball went right through the hands of a defender to Flemming, and suddenly the Spartans held a 12-10 lead with just over six minutes to go.
"I told [Jessop] I wish he was a senior," Hill said after the game. "He's someone that can play two or three positions at the next level."
After the trick play transferred the lead back to Park View, the Spartans had two chances to get the win, but a fumble and a late interception sealed the victory for the Patriots.
No. 20 Park View 16, No. 13 Broad Run 12
Smith Returns: Park View junior tight end-defensive end Kenny Smith, a division I prospect who has not played since the Patriots' Week 1 win over Herndon after tearing his meniscus in an off-field accident, returned on offense only but did not make a catch.
Up Next: Park View will play at Sherando (11-0) next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.