Carrington Headed to Indiana

Liberty senior running back Justin Carrington walked into Coach Tommy Buzzo's office Thursday morning to announce he'd made a decision about his future. Carrington, whom Buzzo had encouraged to commit to a college as soon as he felt comfortable, said he was ready to make the call to Indiana University.

"I had told Justin that if a school was really serious about him they'd make contact that first week of September," Buzzo said. "He already had offers from Indiana and Miami of Ohio, but he wanted to wait to see who else got involved. And in that week, in addition to the two schools he already had offers from, he heard from North Carolina, Marshall, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Navy, Army and Northwestern.

"But he came to me today and said that he just couldn't get two things about Indiana off his mind."

The first was a postcard a Hoosier assistant coach had mailed Carrington from his summer vacation. The message read: "Thinking of a way to get you the ball here at Indiana." The second was a recruiter's assurance during a phone call Wednesday night that Indiana was going to sign only one running back, and that he was their first choice.

With those two things in mind, Carrington (6 feet 1, 200 pounds) orally committed to play there next season.

Carrington, an honorable-mention All-Met in 2003, totaled 1,131 yards and 14 touchdowns on 119 attempts last season, despite splitting carries with All-Met A.J. Brown (Syracuse). Carrington's 9.5 yards per carry ranked second among all Washington-area players with more than 1,000 yards.

"Everyone in my family is excited about me having a chance to play in the Big Ten," Carrington said.

Being Negative

Stone Bridge, ranked No. 20, has been among the stingiest defenses in the area after two games. Friday, the Bulldogs bullied Thomas Johnson of Frederick, Md., into negative-64 yards rushing on 31 attempts on their way to a 47-0 victory at home.

Thomas Johnson quarterback Brad Betson had a particularly difficult go of it, finishing with minus-60 yards on 16 carries. Overall, the Patriots managed 27 total yards from scrimmage.

Stone Bridge has allowed one touchdown this season. That came during its 24-9 victory over Turner Ashby on Sept. 3, when the Bulldogs yielded 94 yards rushing.

Wilson in the Running

Heritage had quite a time trying to contain Fork Union senior running back Tyrone Wilson, who led his team to a 38-22 victory in Leesburg on Friday.

Wilson ran for 240 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns, including a 50-yard run during the second quarter that made the score 21-0.

The 5-foot-6, 183-pound Wilson, a native of the District, also scored on runs of 10 and 21 yards as Fork Union improved to 2-0.

-- Angela Watts and Gene Wang