Senior Jonathan Lincoln didn't score a touchdown in Loudoun County High School's 19-0 win over visiting Musselman of West Virginia on Friday night, but he did just about everything else.
He ran back the opening kickoff 85 yards before being tackled at the Musselman 5-yard line, setting up a one-yard touchdown run by teammate Chris Geaneas on fourth down.
From the linebacker spot, he helped to hold Musselman to 114 passing yards and provided constant pressure on quarterback Todd Moseby, who threw three interceptions. Lincoln also recovered two fumbles.
And on offense he had only two catches for 23 yards, but his 16-yard catch in the first quarter may have been the game's most memorable: Leaping, with one hand.
"Jonathan Lincoln is the best athlete we have at this school," Raiders Coach Pat McManus said. "He has not reached his potential yet, but we're fighting like the dickens to find ways to use him on offense."
Lincoln, who also plays for the Raiders basketball team, can dunk from a stand-up position underneath the basket. McManus said he and his staff have been hoping to utilize that athleticism on the football field, where Lincoln has played on varsity the last two years for the Raiders.
"There's a lot more I can do," Lincoln agreed. "This is a real beginning for me."
The Raiders hope the game was more than that for them as a team. Musselman entered the game 3-0 and was 11-1 last year.
Loudoun County had two weeks to prepare for the game because it had a bye last weekend. The week before it had lost in overtime to Loudoun Valley, taking some of the excitement out of its season-opening win over Jefferson.
"We were questioning ourselves," McManus said. "We had two weeks to think about it."
Friday night provided a lot of answers. Geaneas, a junior, ran for 98 yards on 25 carries, to lead the Raiders, who lost their original starting running back, senior Doug Poland, to a broken arm during the preseason. Junior Terrence Brown also had an impressive game, rushing for 59 yards on just seven carries.
But the Raiders offense still struggled to put points on the board, especially in the first half. But in the second half, the Raiders scored touchdowns on back-to-back drives, thanks each time to an interception throw by Moseby.
Late in the third quarter, after the Raiders' Grant Harris--also the starting quarterback--returned an interception 20 yards, junior Chris Hughes scored on a 40-yard run. Then, after an interception by Brown, Harris scored on a three-yard keeper.
"Our defense really set the tone," McManus said. "But our offense did its job. It made some plays, and it had some long drives."
Loudoun County (2-1)
LC--Geaneas 1 run (kick failed)
LC--Hughes 40 run (pass failed)
LC--Harris 3 run (Greenfield kick)
LEADING RUSHERS--M: Chambers 6-45; Geaneas 22-99.
LEADING PASSERS--M: Moseby 5-14-3 89; Harris 3-6-1 44.
LEADING RECEIVERS--M: Yos 4-83; LC: Lincoln 2-23.