After Stonewall Jackson scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to emerge with a 20-7 road victory against Woodbridge on Friday night, Raiders Coach Loren Johnson asked a reporter for some aspirin.
"I've got a headache," Johnson said. "I've got a headache, man, because I can't do that again."
That the Raiders (5-2) emerged with the nondistrict victory is a tribute to a player who might know something about a sore noggin. Stonewall junior quarterback Ricky Milbourne sat out last weekend's 50-21 loss to Potomac with a concussion that he had suffered the week before, against Osbourn.
But in a game that featured four backs with more than 450 yards rushing on the season, it was the fourth-quarter performance of Milbourne, who completed 5 of 11 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns, that helped turn the game in favor of the Raiders.
"Big-time players make big-time plays, that's all I have to say about that," said senior Chris Garrett, who ran for 86 yards. "Early on we had established a running game, but Woodbridge had adjusted to it -- we have a good quarterback so we just started passing."
Woodbridge (4-3) took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter thanks to senior running back Andre Bratton's 65-yard touchdown run; Stonewall Jackson was unable to answer despite three trips inside the Vikings 20-yard line.
The Raiders finally broke through in the fourth quarter when Milbourne connected with senior wide receiver Josh Baird on a 73-yard touchdown pass.
On Woodbridge's next offensive series, with 4 minutes 47 seconds remaining, Garrett picked off a pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown and a 13-7 lead. It was Garrett's sixth interception of the season and second that he has returned for a touchdown.
Two minutes later, Stonewall junior linebacker Scott Beitzell forced a fumble to set up the Raiders on the Woodbridge 28-yard line. Milbourne wasted no time sealing the victory, finding senior tight end Chris Lancaster with a scoring pass with 2:35 remaining.
"Ideally we'd like to pound the ball downfield and not get ourselves in the position of having to rely on a fourth quarter like that," Johnson said. "I'm happy we came away with the win but we've been doing this kind of thing for the past few weeks -- it seems like we need to change the oil in our offensive machine."