When Lake Braddock High's football coach, Joe Clark, realized that he desperately needed a punter this year, he searched and found someone at the school who could outkick all the rest. Mark Wayland, however, was more comfortable kicking soccer balls than footballs.
Wayland, a goalie who last year was named to the United States Eastern Region soccer team, agreed to handle the Bruins' punting and kickoffs. As Lake Braddock won seven of its first nine games, Wayland compiled some outstanding statistics.
He has had only four of his 30 punts returned, and none of those have been for more than five yards. He is averaging more than 41 yards a kick, and, in last week's 12-0 victory over Stuart, his five punts averaged more than 45 yards.
"He gets such good hang time, nobody has a chance to return them," said Clark. "For someone who really never did it before, I believe he can become an excellent punter. "
Paul VI's first season of varsity football started with eight straight losses, but the Fairfax school used a trick play Friday to upset host Colonial Beach, 7-6.
Quarterback Danny Mulhall optioned to Matt Masqueda who ran 10 yards and lateraled to John Luca. Luca ran the final 20 yards and Tony Zang kicked what proved to be the margin of victory.
Colonial Beach scored in the fourth quarter, but Coach Dennis Hudson's defense stopped the two-point conversion attempt.
Running back George Mason of Clarke County leads the area in scoring with 114 points.
He scored three touchdowns Saturday night in the Eagles' 20-7 victory over Strasburg. Clarke County is 7-2 as the 5-foot-9, 164-pounder has rushed for 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns.