Loudoun Valley's 28-21 overtime win over Loudoun County did not count in the Northwestern District football standings. But the regular season finale between the two teams on Nov. 5 does--and you can bet neither will have forgotten Friday night's game.
The Vikings trailed 21-14 with 16 seconds left in regulation, but junior wide receiver Greg Carlson caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Andrew Long with nine seconds left to tie the game.
The Vikings (1-0) won following a seven-yard touchdown run by senior Ben Cross in overtime. On the ensuing possession, Carlson intercepted a Loudoun County (1-1) pass on the fourth down to secure the victory.
With the advantage against them, the Vikings' offensive line was playing without two starters and was outweighed by almost 80 pounds per player. But Valley finished with 164 rushing yards on 43 carries while Loudoun County finished with 161 rushing yards on the same amount of carries.
Vikings senior offensive lineman Brad Draisey, a 6-foot-1, 253-pound senior, was the only Valley starter who weighed more than 200 pounds. But he matched up against--and helped contain--Loudoun County lineman Taylor Ashby, who is 5-11 and 315 pounds.
Draisey also kicked four extra points and made a touchdown-saving tackle on Jonathan Lincoln on a kickoff return early in the second quarter.
Loudoun Valley was led by Cross, who had 119 yards and one touchdown rushing, returned a fumble 49 yards for another touchdown and recorded a crucial sack in overtime.
Loudoun County was led by junior fullback Chris Geaneas, who had 95 yards and one touchdown rushing. Junior running back Chris Hughes added 59 yards rushing.
The Raiders (1-1) were coming off a 29-7 victory over Jefferson County (W.Va.) last weekend in which senior kicker Cary Greenfield kicked five field goals, including kicks from 46 and 47 yards.
Friday night, however, he did not attempt a field goal. But Greenfield's most impressive contributions Friday night came as a punter (five punts for 39-yard average).