While surely the biggest surprise took place in Woodbridge (see story on opposite page), there was plenty of other action around the area as local teams hit the half way point of 1987 football season. Though Courtland looks invincible, Fauquier kept their hopes alive with an easy win. Broad Run needed overtime to escape Osbourn with the Northwestern District lead and Central spoiled Brentsville's perfect record with a big upset in the Bull Run District.
Clarke County reversed an early season rout as the Eagles upset Strasburg in girls basketball and, in cross country, Woodbridge's success highlighted the University of Virginia 5000-Meter Invitational. Football
Dwight Robinson scored on a 76-yard touchdown run and Carlton Raymond rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown as Fauquier rolled past Gar-Field, 30-13. The win kept the Falcons one game behind Courtland in the Commonwealth race as the two teams draw closer to an October 30th showdown at Fauquier. Courtland remained unbeaten by crushing Satfford 49-14. Brian Culley had four touchdowns for the Cougars.
Phil Wade threw two touchdown passes to Danny Spitler as James Wood beat North Stafford, 16-0. The first touchdown was an 80-yard strike as the Colonials kept the Wolverines winless.
For the second straight year Central (1-5) pulled off an upset of Brentsville (3-1) in Bull Run football action last week. The Falcons were led by Carl Thomas, who rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Broad Run remained atop the Northwestern District as it edged Osbourn in overtime, 13-12. Both teams scored in overtime possessions beginning at the 10-yard line, but the Spartans' conversion was the difference.
Loudoun Valley passed for three touchdowns and Kenny Sims rushed for 119 yards in defeating Handley, 27-8.
Clarke County defeated rival Strasburg who was previously unbeaten in district play, 54-45. Strasburg concluded its first trip through the Bull Run District with an unblemished mark before falling in its second meeting with the Eagles. Clarke County, the defending district champion, lost to Rams the first game of the season, 45-17, and then lost its next four. The Eagles are now on a five-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven. Clarke County shot 45 percent against the Rams and outrebounded them, 47-36. Jennifer Jones, Sheila Ames and Shawna Rinker each had 10 or more rebounds. Clarke County is now 6-5 overall and 5-3 in district.
The Rams, who downed Central 58-45 earlier in the week, are 8-1, 10-2 overall. Behind Staci Richard, who scored 21 of her game-high 25 points in the second half, Strasburg erased a 22-17 halftime deficit. The Rams' full-court pressure rattled Central in the second half. Richard led the way with five steals while Tracie Pence had 10 rebounds.
Clarke County controlled the boards as the Eagles jumped out to a 20-6 halftime lead and coasted to a 48-24 victory at Brentsville. Shawna Rinker (13 rebounds) and Sheila Ames (9 rebounds) picked up the slack for the Eagles who played without standout Jennifer Jones. Jones missed the game with an ankle injury but was back to play rival Strasburg.
Angela Dolby scored 17 points as Loudoun County came from behind to beat Loudoun Valley, 50-47. The Vikings led 24-18 at the half but saw their lead evaporate in the fourth quarter when Crystal Collier and Tena Philbrick fouled out.
Broad Run's Lisa Poole took a head shot to convert Jennifer Horsley's corner kick into the game-winning goal against defending Northwestern District champion Loudoun County. Broad Run, the Northwestern runner-up last season, is now atop the district with a record 4-0.
Woodbridge won two matches to run its record to 6-0. Singles players Lisa Arakaki, Alison Cacowski, Alison Bradley and Kerri Mullen all remained undefeated in the victories over Courtland (9-0) and Stafford (7-2). The number one doubles team of Arakaki and Cacowksi also stayed undefeated.
Woodbridge finished second in both the boys and girls divisions of the Cavalier Race in the University of Virginia 5000-Meter Invitational at Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville. The Vikings finished behind Lake Braddock of Fairfax in both races. Michelle Farmer led the Lady Vikings, finishing fourth in 19:08. Chip Pace was the top Woodbridge finisher in the boys race, finishing 10th in 16:35. In the boys Blue Race James Wood and Gar-Field finished third and sixth, respectively. Tom Brandt of Gar-Field was sixth in 16:46. Brian Watkins of Potomac finished tenth (16:55). Becky Runion of Central (Woodstock) was runnerup in the girls Blue Race in 19:39. Heather Schutt of Courtland was fourth (20:01) and Laura Sieffert of North Stafford was sixth (20:12). Rob Jones led Broad Run to a fifth place finish in the Orange Race, finishing in 17:19. Park View finished third in the girls Orange Race.
George Mason's boys defeated Stonewall (Mt.) Jackson and Clarke County to run their record to 7-0. The Mustangs took four of the top five spots as Rich Murr finished first on the 3.1 mile course in 17:04. Mouncey Ferguson, Jeyon Falsini and Ed Pierce came in third, fourth and fifth, respectively, for Mason. Clarke County's Herron sisters led the Eagles to the girls victory. Tracey Herron won the race in 21:20 and Michelle Herron was second in 21:52.