Weekend football report: Virginia

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By Paul Tenorio, James Wagner, Preston Williams and Matt Brooks
Monday, September 20, 2010; 7:05 PM

Prince William/Stafford report

Forest Park has won back-to-back games for the first time since the first two weeks of the 2008 season, and the opponents in each case have been Loudoun Valley and Stonewall Jackson.

Next week at home against Potomac in the Virginia AAA Cardinal District opener, the Bruins will aim for their first three-game winning streak in the varsity program's 10-year history.

Senior Troy Tyler returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 40-12 win over Stonewall last week and also had a scoring catch. Sophomore quarterback Joseph Walker continued his maturation with another sturdy outing and senior running back Cameron Boyd rushed for 131 yards.

Forest Park thwarted Stonewall on all seven of the Raiders' fourth-down conversion attempts.

The 5-foot-7, 155-pound Walker has been a pleasant surprise. In Forest Park's second scrimmage, against Chantilly, he got the chance to run the first-team offense and earned the starting job. Through four games he has thrown for 570 yards and six touchdowns.

"I didn't anticipate him being our quarterback this year," Bruins Coach Charlie Chandler said. "I knew he had heart and he was a heckuva competitor. He throws a great ball and he understands football. At his age, it's unbelievable how far [along] he is."

Around Prince William/Stafford

Manassas Park, 2-8 a year ago, is 3-0 headed into a bye week after a 27-0 win over Colonial Beach, the Cougars' first shutout since 2007. "I'm not surprised that we're 3-0, but I'm surprised with how we've gone about it, running the ball and playing good defense," Coach David Coccoli said. Junior linebacker John Byrd leads the team in tackles and senior Jacob Wright has rushed for five touchdowns. ...

According to the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, Stafford had gone 0-29-1 in its previous 30 meetings against Woodbridge before rallying for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 21-14 win last week. The Indians, who lost 41-0 last year to Woodbridge, scored on a halfback option pass from senior Deion Smith to senior Deondre Butler on the game's first possession and did not score again until finding the end zone twice in the last five minutes. Senior Kyle Oltman recovered a squib kick that bounced off a Woodbridge player to set up the winning touchdown.

"We've been talking about finishing, playing four quarters of football, and it was a great way to finish up," said Stafford Coach Chad Lewis, whose team had led Osbourn Park in the fourth quarter of an eventual loss in the season opener and fell to Potomac on a blocked extra point. ...

Hylton is 3-0 for the first time since 2006. Senior Iric Harris scored on a 90-yard pass in the season opener, a 29-yard interception return in the second game and a 40-yard run for the only offensive score in a 13-0 win over Osbourn Park last week. The Bulldogs host No. 15 Battlefield on Friday. ...

Osbourn had scored in every quarter this season - 14 - until the second half of a 42-7 win over Freedom-Woodbridge last week. The Eagles have totaled 56 points in both the first and second quarters this season. ... John Paul the Great Catholic junior Brian Strickland returned punts 77 and 70 yards for touchdowns in a 61-6 win over Sidwell Friends.

Northern Region report

Before the season, McLean Coach Jim Patrick admitted his team had a tough task replacing graduated running back Riley Beiro.


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