* HAWKING DEFENSE: For weeks, Brooke Point's players had heard that season-opening opponent Spotsylvania had a chance to go undefeated and win its second Virginia AA Division 4 state title in three years. The Knights still might win the title, but it will not be with an unblemished record. The Brooke Point defense shut down their touted backfield and even outscored it.
Senior Mike Chorzempa picked off a pass in the right flat and returned it untouched 75 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the second quarter to help lead the Black-Hawks' 14-3 road win. Figuring someone was on his tail, the first-year strong safety dived into the end zone to avoid the phantom tackler.
"We really wanted to prove ourselves against Spotsylvania," said Chorzempa, who had two interceptions in his team's first scrimmage, including one for a score. "Our defense held them the entire game."
Indeed, it was practically a shutout. The Knights' field goal came after they had taken possession at the Brooke Point 28-yard line following a Black-Hawks punt from deep in their own territory.
Junior halfback Larry Smith ran for 139 yards from the position previously manned by 1998 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Daniel Davis, now at the University of North Carolina.
Despite it being the season opener, the Brooke Point-Spotsylvania game was of such interest that the public address announcer at the North Stafford game kept spectators apprised of the score.
When the teams last played, in 1997, Spotsylvania lost to Brooke Point during a 1-4 start but went on to win the state title.
* OP'NING STRONG: Osbourn Park got defense from a likely source and offense from an unlikely source in a 34-0 season-opening win at Broad Run. Including last year's season-ending victory over Stonewall Jackson, the Yellow Jackets have won consecutive games for the first time since 1994.
Senior cornerback Devin McElfish made what Coach Mike Feldman called three "bone-crushing" tackles, including two for losses, and intercepted a pass to help trigger the shutout. On offense, senior fullback Darryl Brown carried 14 times for 134 yards and a touchdown to complement the two-TD performances of senior quarterback Frankie Hogan and junior running back Addam Jordan. Broad Run did not win a game in 1998.
Brown played fullback on the scout team last year and was expected to back up senior Sidney Evans this season. But with Brown so productive, Evans could concentrate more on his defensive end duties.
"[Brown] was effective," Feldman said. "I think he even surprised himself."
McElfish, whose father, Joe, coaches the team's running backs and linebackers, returned a punt 35 yards, and his interception was his seventh in 12 games.
"He has that intangible thing you can't coach," Feldman said. "He's just always around the ball, and he's not afraid to take a calculated risk."
Despite the lopsided score, one aspect of the win troubled the Yellow Jackets: Three times they penetrated the Broad Run 10-yard line and came away with no points because of two missed field goals and a fumble.
Osbourn Park this week plays at Stafford, which lost its opener, 21-10, to James Monroe. Indians senior running back Dural Dawson rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown.
* RUN OVER: Potomac Coach Keith King mentioned during the week that Fork Union Military Academy running back Chris Perry reminded him a lot of Brooke Point's Davis. Perry's 178 yards rushing Friday night in a 15-7 road win against the Panthers cemented that opinion.
"He looked like a clone of him," King said of Perry, who is being recruited by Ohio State, Michigan and Virginia Tech. "A 220-pound kid who runs hard, has a lot of speed and has really good vision."
Meanwhile, Potomac could not spring senior Rico Lloyd, its main rushing threat. Fork Union held the speedster to 25 yards on 15 carries, and his fourth-quarter kickoff return for a touchdown was nullified by a penalty.
"Rico's going to have a big game whenever he can get out in the open," said King, whose team plays at Brooke Point this week. "They did a good job of defending our perimeter."
Junior receiver Terron Williams, a transfer from California, caught four passes for 41 yards, including one for the Panthers' lone touchdown. Williams made a nice adjustment to haul in a pass on a fade pattern and also showed the ability to pick up yards after a catch.
The Panthers had planned to start sophomore Tony Blackwell at quarterback this season. But with the warm weather, King decided to use returning quarterback John Dominguez to keep Blackwell fresh at linebacker.
Win or lose, the game against Fork Union had no bearing on Potomac's Virginia High School League power rating. The Panthers will divide their total number of power points by one fewer game.
Fork Union will visit Dumfries again next season.
* ON THE DEFENSIVE: North Stafford's no-huddle offense would present challenges for the most seasoned of defenses. So it came as little surprise Friday night that Stonewall Jackson, with just three defensive starters back, had trouble stopping the Wolverines' onslaught.
Really, the Raiders never did stop it in the 44-6 road loss. They even called a defensive timeout before North Stafford took its first snap.
Other than running out the final seconds of the first half, North Stafford's possessions ended thusly: field goal, blocked field goal, touchdown, field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, failed fourth-down conversion, touchdown.
No punts, no interceptions, no fumbles. And that offensive rundown does not include the interception senior linebacker Kevin Newport returned for a score.
"We got tattooed," said Stonewall Jackson Coach Jim Powell, who compared the North Stafford offense to the Woodbridge attack quarterbacked by Brion Dunlap in the early 1990s. "It was tough for us."
There were some bright spots for the Raiders, however. Junior Antwoin Saunders carried 14 times for 71 yards and batted some balls away in the secondary. And Powell was particularly pleased with the play of left offensive tackle Jason Jenkins, a junior, and two-way senior John Puvogel, who caught three passes, ran for 23 yards and blocked well.
Junior Richard Bailey, the projected starting fullback, is out indefinitely with an ankle injury and did not play. His replacement, junior Blake Lane, gained 28 yards on 17 carries.
Powell believes his team's youth should enable it to bounce back in time for the Thursday night home game against Osbourn.
"It will be easier than if we had a lot of senior kids who went out and expected to do well and got shellacked," he said. "I think that would be difficult."
* FORGED IN MEMORY: The Colonial Forge football players have learned a lot so far in their inaugural season. After a 58-3 home loss Friday to Forestville (Md.), they had an additional instruction: Look at the scoreboard.
"I told them to put it in their memory banks," Coach Karl Buckwalter said. "We'll pull it out when we need it. What goes around comes around."
What went around mostly Friday night was speedy Forestville rushers around Colonial Forge would-be tacklers. That is a problem that will be addressed pronto.
"We'll be tackling every day, everything live," Buckwalter said. "I told the coaches, no more dummies. We have to start tackling live bodies more often. It's not all what [Forestville] did, it's what we didn't do a lot of times. We didn't tackle people."
Junior kicker Tony Levine scored the first points in school history with a 29-yard field goal in the final seconds. Forestville was the Maryland 1A state runner-up last season.
* FALSE START: Woodbridge Coach Ron Davis is not thrilled about having played two games--losses to Culpeper and Robinson--before the first day of school.
"If we were 2-0, I still wouldn't feel good about this schedule, playing two football games before school even starts," Davis said. "And [football practice] is supposed to start even earlier next year. Somewhere we're missing the boat. These kids have made a tremendous sacrifice, their parents have made a tremendous sacrifice, sacrificing vacation time and summer time. This early start . . . is not good for football, period."
Count Robinson Coach Mark Bendorf among those impressed with Vikings senior quarterback Abey Malave-Lopez, who threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns Thursday in a 35-23 loss to the Rams. He also threw two interceptions, but picked off two passes, as well. One of them was on the goal line.
"You can tell he's been back there for three years," Bendorf said. "He's calm and has the ability to go to the second and third receiver, and he's also got the mobility."
PLAY OF THE WEEK
With his team trailing 32-29 at home Friday against Luray with time left for just one play, Manassas Park senior B.J. Treuting knew he would figure into whatever decision was made: Should the Cougars attempt what would be a game-tying field goal, or go for a touchdown?
As the team's quarterback and kicker, Treuting felt more comfortable using his legs to run than to kick. So from the Luray 13-yard line, Manassas Park called a "jailbreak" play in which all of its receivers were to run into the end zone. Treuting rolled left and first looked for junior Walter Newman, who was covered. Treuting then spotted senior Brett Jenkins breaking toward the middle of the back of the end zone and hit him with a pass on the final play of the game to give the Cougars a 35-32 victory. Manassas Park is the only 2-0 team in the area.
"It was kind of like a called play, but it wasn't really," said Treuting, who threw for three touchdowns (to three different receivers) and no interceptions. The past two years against Luray, Treuting recalls throwing six interceptions and no touchdowns.
Treuting and Newman had hooked up on a long pass on the play before the touchdown--their first play of the possession--to give the Cougars a shot at the end zone with six seconds left. When Coach Jeff Lloyd came out on the field during a timeout, he was still wearing his headset, consulting with his coaches on whether to try the field goal or go for the touchdown. Treuting and company lobbied for the latter.
"He put a lot of trust in us, and that was really awesome," Treuting said.
BY THE NUMBERS
Point differential in Manassas Park's losses to Luray in 1997 and 1998. The Cougars pulled out a 35-32 win Friday to end a three-game losing streak in the series.
Penalties Colonial Forge committed in the first football game in school history.
Offensive yards (170 rushing, 43 passing) racked up by Osbourn Park quarterback Frankie Hogan in his debut after transferring from Osbourn.
Consecutive wins for Brentsville over Page County.
Total yards gained on Quantico's six rushing touchdowns in yesterday's 44-6 victory at Massanutten.
"That was our rainbow. We just shared it."
-- Colonial Forge Coach Karl Buckwalter on the natural wonder evident in the sky at kickoff for the Eagles' first football game in school history. The rainbow was visible at other games, too.
Robinson 35, Woodbridge 23
N. Stafford 44, Stonewall Jackson 6
Osbourn Park 34, Broad Run 0
Fork Union 15, Potomac 7
Brooke Point 14, Spotsylvania 3
James Monroe 21, Stafford 10
Forestville (Md.) 58, Colonial Forge 3
Manassas Park 35, Luray 32
Brentsville 23, Page County 14
Quantico 44, Massanutten Military 6
Osbourn at Stonewall Jackson, 7:30
Friendly at Hylton, 7:30
Osbourn Park at Stafford, 7:30
E. Roosevelt at Woodbridge, 7:30
Fauquier at Gar-Field, 7:30
Potomac at Brooke Point, 7:30
Broad Run at Colonial Forge, 7:30
Brentsville at Luray, 7:30
North Cross at Quantico, 4
Liberty at North Stafford, 7:30
Manassas Park at Page County, 7:30
Stonewall Jackson at Fauquier, 7:30
Park View at Osbourn, 7:30
Hylton at Dunbar, 7:30
Woodbridge at Dinwiddie, 7:30
Brooke Point at Osbourn Park, 7:30
North Stafford at Potomac, 7:30
Annandale at Gar-Field, 7:30
Stafford at Courtland, 7:30
Colonial Forge at Brentsville, 7:30
Manassas Park at King George, 7:30
Va. Beach Catholic at Quantico, 2:30
Rushing School Opponent Att. Yds. TD
Dural Dawson Stafford James Monroe 19 177 1
Frankie Hogan Osbourn Park Broad Run 8 170 2
Nick Bertrand Manassas Park Luray 17 164 1
Larry Smith Brooke Point Spotsylvania 25 139 0
Darryl Brown Osbourn Park Broad Run 14 134 1
Allen Woodbridge North Stafford Stonewall Jackson 11 114 0
Jonathan Abrams Manassas Park Luray 8 95 1
Addam Jordan Osbourn Park Broad Run 9 77 2
Passing School Opponent Comp. Att. Int. Yds. TD
Chris Ashinhurst North Stafford Stonewall 21 34 0 270 4
Abey Malave- Woodbridge Robinson 12 29 2 186 2
B.J. Treuting Manassas Park Luray 6 16 0 167 3
Receiving School Opponent Rec. Yds. TD
Josh Baldwin North Stafford Stonewall Jackson 7 84 1
Lamar Lane Woodbridge Robinson 5 66 1
Paris Edwards North Stafford Stonewall Jackson 4 47 1
Terron Williams Potomac Fork Union 4 41 1
George Preston Woodbridge Robinson 3 90 1
Devin Thornton Manassas Park Luray 3 38 1
John Puvogel Stonewall Jackson North Stafford 3 11 1
Walter Newman Manassas Park Luray 2 116 1
CAPTION: Woodbridge's Lamar Lane breaks the tackle of Robinson's Ben Carlson and tries to run past Bijan Enferadi during the Vikings' 35-23 loss on Thursday.
CAPTION: B.J. Treuting