Taped on the wall in the Hayfield weight room is a sign that reads, '0-10, never again.'
Actually, the Hawks have not won a game since beating Groveton, 19-7, the third week of the 1980 season and began this year with the area's second longest losing streak--27 games.
Hayfield finally got a victory, upsetting Langley, 14-6, in the opener for both teams Friday night. Having gone without a victory for so long, one might have thought the Hawks players would have been ecstatic. Not so, according to Coach Jerry Lowe, in his second year.
"They (players) didn't talk so much about the streak. They were just happy to win a game," Lowe said. "Now, they know they can win."
The Hayfield victory didn't come easy. One mistake led to Langley's score and it took some inspired defensive play by seniors end Mickey DeLauder, linebacker Roy Hill, tackle Wayne Young and cornerbacks David Gaffney and Al Balo to prevent the Saxons from scoring again.
"We scored on Langley first last year and they came back and beat us (10-7)," Lowe said. "When we scored first (Friday night), I had flashbacks of lasy year.
"We had chances to win a few games last year (lost first five games by seven points or less) and failed to score inside the 10 in the fourth period. That really hurts your confidence. But you have to be optimistic for the kids to be optimistic. I thought we had a good group returning and they've worked hard. We just needed that one win."
A 30-yard pass completion from J.J. Hall to John Lakey set up a four-yard touchdown run by Dexter Lott in the first period. A 60-yard touchdown pass from Hall to Lakey in the final quarter assured the Hawks win.
"It was a good effort but we have to get back to reality," Lowe said. "We have to play again Friday night."
True, but this week, Hayfield is on top of the world.
T.C. Williams, the area's top-ranked preseason team, got off to a shaky start, losing to tough Woodbridge, 20-14, in their opener Friday night. Despite the loss, Williams Coach Glenn Furman was praising his talented team and felt they are still one of the region's best teams . . . As expected, defenses are far ahead of the offenses. The past weekend, 17 teams were shut out and 13 others scored seven or fewer points . . . Falls Church was blanked by Fort Hunt, 36-0, and now owns the longest losing streak in Northern Virginia at 10 . . . Yorktown also lost its opener to Wakefield, 34-7, and has lost eight straight games over a two-year period . . . Annandale defeated Lake Braddock, 7-0, to run its modest winning streak to five.
Top individual performances of the week: O'Connell's Eric Metcalf, son of former NFL star Terry Metcalf, opened his season with a 202-yard rushing effort and four touchdowns in a 42-0 victory over Ballou . . . Herndon's Jeff Roberts, 10 of 14 competions for 172 yards and Ted Derange, six receptions for 147 yards and all three touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over Marshall . . . Oakton's Ricky MacDonald with 164 yards rushing and two touchdowns and Tom Evanoff with 144 yards and one score in 28-14 win at South Lakes . . . Stonewall Jackson's Andre Southerland with 214 yards running and three touchdowns in a 28-0 triumph over Osbourn Park . . . Stuart's John Bresnahan with 11 of 12 completions for 110 yards and a touchdown in a 27-14 victory over McLean , . . Park View's Chris Frye with 137 yards rushing on 15 carries and three touchdowns in a 21-7 victory at Lee (Staunton).
Karen Turner has replaced Cheryl Thompson as girls basketball coach at W. T. Woodson. Thompson coached the Cavaliers to the AAA state championship last year then resigned to become women's coach at Georgetown. Turner coached at Langley the past two years.