NOTES

* Before Osbourn Park took the field Friday night at Potomac, there was no pregame talk to speak of. Nor hardly any communication at all that day between Coach Mike Feldman and his team. In fact, Feldman had booted the players out of practice Thursday.

Coach's tirade, players' soul searching, whatever it was, it helped. The Yellow Jackets went out and beat Potomac in stunning fashion, 34-0, to mar the Panthers' homecoming. Two years earlier on that same field, Potomac had blanked Osbourn Park, 38-0.

"I got on 'em because I was tired of them just going through the motions," Feldman said. "It was the typical thing that we-aren't-supposed-to-win kind of attitude, feeling sorry for ourselves. There's no reason for them to be that way because they have some talent.

"Our kids picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and stopped feeling sorry for themselves and went out and played."

Not all of them went out and played. Senior fullback Sidney Evans, wearing a cast to protect his broken hand, needed a doctor's note to play. The Yellow Jackets were supposed to obtain the slip at the game, but the physician was on call and could not attend. So Evans's father, Sidney, left Potomac to fetch the form. To compound matters, senior fullback Darryl Brown got hurt on the opening kickoff when he absorbed a blow to his chin.

So here were the Yellow Jackets (now 2-5), whose offense hinges on a great amount of straight-ahead bulling, without "455 pounds of fullback," as Feldman said, trying to avoid a sixth consecutive loss. They went three downs and out on their first two series.

Potomac then drove to the Yellow Jacket 5-yard line, but on fourth down, senior defensive lineman Wayne Jackson forced a fumble that senior Donald Zimmerman recovered. Soon thereafter, junior Addam Jordan reeled off a 91-yard run to set up the first touchdown.

"We didn't fold up our tent after our kid got knocked out of the game," said Feldman, whose team plays Osbourn this week. "We didn't go, 'Here we go again, this is what is supposed to happen to us.' "

Osbourn Park running backs, led by Jordan (166 yards) and senior Frankie Hogan (87), gained more than 300 rushing yards behind the offensive line of senior Jason Young, junior Mike Bailey, senior Rob Sessions, senior Brandon Robinson, Zimmerman and sophomore Derek Shifflet. Osbourn Park attempted no passes.

Hogan started at quarterback before yielding to junior Andy Friend. Hogan instead played much of the game at running back, scoring two of the team's three fourth-quarter touchdowns. He also intercepted a pass; senior Devin McElfish had two interceptions. Junior Billy Malcolm recovered a fumble. Jackson recorded nine tackles, six of them solo, two for losses.

Osbourn Park's other victory this season, against Broad Run in the season opener, also was a 34-0 shutout.

* RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Despite the gaudy numbers his top two running backs have posted, Gar-Field Coach Tony Labozzetta says Larry Atkinson and Jamar Atkinson are pretty typical siblings.

"They're just like any two brothers," he said. "They fight, they argue, they're competitive, but they're right there for each other if they need it."

The Atkinsons certainly have been there for the Indians (6-1), combining for 1,321 yards and 13 touchdowns. In the 28-14 win Friday over Stonewall Jackson, Jamar, a sophomore, rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns, and Larry, a senior, rushed for 79 yards and one touchdown.

"It seems like when one of them struggles a little bit, the other one picks him up," said Labozzetta, whose team will play at Hylton this week in a matchup of the only two teams without a Cardinal District loss. The other Cardinal teams have at least two losses apiece.

Gar-Field senior linebacker Nick Nicholson recorded 15 tackles and an interception in the win over Stonewall.

* BAD BREAK: After playing what might have been its best game of the season Friday in a 34-0 win over Osbourn, Woodbridge is idle this week, much to the chagrin of Coach Ron Davis.

"I don't like it; I like [playing] straight through," Davis said.

Davis has been in this position before, but this year he is taking a different approach. The players will look at film Monday and then have Tuesday and Wednesday off.

The Vikings (3-5) have lost games to No. 18 Culpeper (8-0), No. 12 Robinson (7-0), No. 15 Eleanor Roosevelt (5-1 going into yesterday's game), No. 2 Hylton (7-0) and Potomac (3-4).

Senior Reginald Walker rushed for four touchdowns against Osbourn, and the defense recorded its second shutout of the season. The Vikings blanked Dinwiddie, 35-0, last month.

* HERE'S THE KICKER: North Stafford senior quarterback Chris Ashinhurst boosted his season totals by throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-14 win over Fauquier. Two receivers caught nine passes each. But the most impressive Wolverine statistic might have been the 53-yard field goal by senior Jeremey Bosken on the last play of the first half.

"He's got plenty of leg, and we finally gave him a chance," Coach Chris Beatty said. "He hit it perfectly. It wouldn't have been good from 54, but it was good from 53."

Senior Jerod Richardson was the snapper and Ashinhurst the holder.

North Stafford (6-1), in its home regular season finale, hosts winless Sherando next week.

QUOTABLE

"The thing they need to overcome is that we're not supposed to be successful. That's horse hockey stuff."

-- Osbourn Park Coach Mike Feldman on his team's sagging spirits after five consecutive losses. The Yellow Jackets rejuvenated themselves with a 34-0 win Friday at Potomac.

BY THE NUMBERS

0

100-yard rushing games for Hylton running backs this season.

182

Penalty yards Hylton (82) and Oakton (100) accrued in their game Friday night.

99-9

Cumulative score Friday in victories for Gar-Field's next three opponents--Hylton, Osbourn Park and Woodbridge.

317

Passing yards North Stafford quarterback Chris Ashinhurst threw for in the first half of a 38-14 win over Fauquier. Nate Ilaoa accounted for 182 of the yards.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Manassas Park junior Nick Bertrand rushed for four touchdowns and returned a punt for a fifth in a redemptive 39-0 win at Clarke County. The Eagles had outscored Manassas Park, 104-16, in wins the previous two seasons.

The Cougars (6-1) now enter the meat of their schedule with upcoming Bull Run District games against Madison, George Mason and Brentsville.

RESULTS

Friday

Gar-Field 28, Stonewall Jackson 14

Woodbridge 34, Osbourn 0

Hylton 31, Oakton 9

Osbourn Park 34, Potomac 0

Brooke Point 35, Stafford 7

North Stafford 38, Fauquier 14

Manassas Park 39, Clarke County 0

Culpeper 56, James Wood 7

Madison County 34, Strasburg 16

SCHEDULE

Yesterday

Brentsville at George Mason

Quantico at Maret

Friday

Potomac at Stonewall Jackson, 7:30

Osbourn at Osbourn Park, 7:30

Gar-Field at Hylton, 7:30

James Wood at Brooke Point, 7:30

Sherando at North Stafford, 7:30

Fauquier at Stafford, 7:30

Madison County at Manassas Park, 7:30

Strasburg at Brentsville, 7:30

Saturday

Colonial Beach at Quantico, 1:30

Oct. 29

Quantico at Kenston Forest, 7

Stonewall Jackson at Woodbridge, 7:30

Osbourn at Hylton, 7:30

Osbourn Park at Gar-Field, 7:30

Potomac at Stafford, 7:30

Brooke Point at Culpeper, 7:30

North Stafford at James Wood, 7:30

George Mason at Manassas Park, 7:30

Brentsville at Madison County, 7:30

Nov. 5

Stonewall Jackson at Osbourn Park, 7:30

Osbourn at Brooke Point, 7:30

Hylton at Potomac, 7:30

Woodbridge at Gar-Field, 7:30

North Stafford at Stafford, 7:30

Manassas Park at Brentsville, 7:30

STANDINGS

Cardinal District

Dist.

Over.

W-L

W-L

PF

PA

Hylton

3-0

7-0

186

71

Gar-Field

3-0

6-1

141

55

Potomac

2-2

3-4

87

111

Woodbridge

2-2

3-5

157

153

Osbourn Park

1-2

2-5

116

107

Stonewall

1-2

2-5

75

196

Osbourn

0-4

1-6

57

149

Bull Run District

Dist.

Over.

W-L

W-L

PF

PA

Manassas Park

2-0

6-1

212

101

Madison County

2-0

4-3

182

162

Brentsville

1-0

5-1

154

77

George Mason

0-1

3-3

145

122

Strasburg

0-2

4-3

138

103

Clarke County

0-2

0-7

39

268

Commonwealth District

Dist.

Over.

W-L

W-L

PF

PA

Culpeper

4-0

8-0

300

140

Brooke Point

3-1

5-2

116

52

North Stafford

2-1

6-1

206

113

Stafford

2-2

3-4

116

148

Fauquier

1-2

3-4

80

135

James Wood

0-3

1-6

77

202

Sherando

0-3

0-7

93

240

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TOP PERFORMERS

Rushing

Opp.

Att.

Yds.

TD

J. Atkinson, Gar-Field

Stonewall

16

188

2

A. Jordan, Osbourn Park

Potomac

22

166

1

L. Smith, Brooke Point

Stafford

17

138

3

A. Woodbridge, N. Stafford

Fauquier

12

118

1

F. Hogan, Osbourn Park

Potomac

6

87

2

A. Brown, Woodbridge

Osbourn

11

85

0

D.J. Walton, Hylton

Oakton

9

80

1

L. Atkinson, Gar-Field

Stonewall

10

79

1

Passing

Opp.

Comp.

Att.

Int.

Yds.

TD

C. Ashinhurst, N. Staff.

Fauquier

26

37

0

377

3

B. Hayes, Stafford

B. Point

5

7

1

133

1

J. Tate, Brooke Point

Stafford

3

7

0

107

1

Receiving

Opp.

Att.

Yds.

TD

N. Ilaoa, North Stafford

Fauquier

9

194

2

P. Edwards, North Stafford

Fauquier

9

88

0

J. Puvogel, Stonewall

Gar-Field

6

52

2

J. Baldwin, North Stafford

Fauquier

3

44

1

T. Bucher, North Stafford

Fauquier

3

43

0

A. Brooks, Hylton

Oakton

3

26

0

B. Dunham, Brooke Point

Stafford

2

95

1

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Manassas Park junior Nick Bertrand rushed for four touchdowns and returned a punt for a fifth in a redemptive 39-0 win at Clarke County. The Eagles had outscored Manassas Park, 104-16, in wins the previous two seasons.

The Cougars (6-1) now enter the meat of their schedule with upcoming Bull Run District games against Madison, George Mason and Brentsville.