Woodbridge 19, Gar-Field 3
It wasn't pretty, but Woodbridge finally found something it had been missing since 1997: a victory over Gar-Field.
The Vikings ended a 12-game losing streak against the Indians with a 19-3 victory Friday night behind a gritty effort from running back Andre Bratton and a defense that made life miserable for Gar-Field quarterback Savion Frazier.
The Vikings weren't focused on ending the streak, though, Coach Keith King said. They simply wanted to rebound from last week's 27-0 loss to No. 8 Hylton.
"I didn't know how many games it was until I read the paper today," King said. "I think we just focused on trying to get ready to play the best football game we could, and I think defensively we did play that game."
Bratton, who entered the game as the Prince William area's leading rusher, finished with 128 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He ground out tough yards on a field soaked by a pregame thunderstorm.
"I just tried to do all I could with our line blocking as well as they were," said Bratton, who also said he wasn't paying attention to the losing streak.
The Vikings' defense hassled Frazier all game and derailed the Indians' passing attack. Frazier was sacked five times and threw 10 consecutive incompletions at one point. Woodbridge scored 17 points off turnovers.
With the Indians in a shotgun formation midway through the second quarter, the ball was snapped over Frazier's head, and Woodbridge fell on it at Gar-Field's 15-yard line.
Bratton made the Indians pay on the next snap as he scampered into the end zone to make the score 7-0 with 10 minutes 25 seconds left in the first half. He burst through a big hole on the right side of the line and then outran a defender around the corner en route to the end zone.
The Vikings sealed the victory after another Indians turnover, with 5:40 left in the game. After a fumble by Frazier, Vikings quarterback Alex Brown hit wideout Tommy Carter for a 36-yard gain, and Brown plunged into the end zone from one yard out to provide the final margin.