Done fretting about a 34-33 loss at Potomac last week, Hylton is now dealing with another loss, that of junior running back Courtney Anderson, the team's leading rusher.
Anderson left the Potomac game in the third quarter with a recurring shoulder injury and did not return. He was scheduled for a doctor's visit yesterday and will not play Friday against Gar-Field, Bulldogs Coach Lou Sorrentino said.
Sophomore Tabian Johnson, used mostly at linebacker, filled in for Anderson in the backfield, and this week Johnson, senior A.J. Murray (381 yards last season) and sophomore Omoniyi Bakare likely will get most of the carries.
"It will certainly mean more touches for [Johnson]," Hylton Coach Lou Sorrentino said. "It will be something by committee."
Anderson has gained 858 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Senior fullback Tim Bradner (202 yards) is the only other Hylton running back with more than 96 rushing yards. Johnson, a transfer from Gar-Field, scored on four- and 17-yard runs after replacing Anderson last week.
The Bulldogs have sorted through the loss to Potomac, their first to a Prince William team since falling to Woodbridge in Week 9 of the 2002 season. Hylton committed six turnovers against the Panthers and gave up 325 yards.
"I don't think it came down to one play," said Sorrentino, whose team fell just short of a first down at the Potomac 43-yard line with 51 seconds left. "There were a lot of things kind of uncharacteristic of us between turning it over or being out of position [defensively]. And you couple that with Potomac and what a good team they have. . . . "
Still in Contention
After an 0-5 start, Osbourn Park (2-5, 1-2) still clings to hopes of winning a third consecutive Cedar Run District title. Each district team has at least one loss, and the Yellow Jackets will play each of them one more time, beginning tomorrow at Stonewall Jackson.
"I think the kids see that," Osbourn Park Coach Brian Beaty said. "But like I've always said, we're one game away from not having that type of opportunity if you lose focus. . . . Every game is our district [championship], to be honest with you."
It was just a couple of weeks ago that the Yellow Jackets could have lost hope completely about turning around the season. An overtime win against Osbourn helped the team shift course.
"We probably hit it about as close as you can get to being on the edge there, but the kids have done a good job of sticking with us and believing in what we're doing," Beaty said.
Junior running back Devin Thompson, who left the 7-0 win over Gar-Field last week with a shoulder injury, will probably play against Stonewall, Beaty said. With Thompson sidelined after a season-low 13 carries, sophomore Danny Mason rushed 19 times for 70 yards. Mason played on the junior varsity the first half of the season.
Junior receiver Anthony Bratton has scored four of the Yellow Jackets' past five touchdowns, including the lone score in the win over Gar-Field. Senior outside linebacker Andrew Lee helped lead the shutout effort.
Garrett in Good Position
Stonewall Jackson senior Chris Garrett is likely to play college football, perhaps even Division I. The question now is: What position?
Used almost exclusively as a running back during his high school career, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Garrett has also played a lot of defensive back this season, intercepting four passes and returning two for touchdowns, including one last week as part of a 20-point fourth quarter in a 20-7 win over Woodbridge.
"He's an athlete," said Raiders Coach Loren Johnson, a former all-Big East defensive back at Virginia Tech. "Whoever gets him will have to place him somewhere. He can do [either] if he puts the time and the effort into it."
Lee Carries the Load
Forest Park Coach Jerry Williams had no problem with handing the ball off to junior running back Ryan Lee 39 times -- tops for an area back this season -- in a 9-7 win over Osbourn last week.
Lee rushed for 150 yards.
"He had a few [carries], but that ball's not very heavy," said Williams, whose team scored the winning points on a safety when senior defensive end Jason Roy forced Osbourn into an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone. The Bruins' lone touchdown came on a 52-yard punt return by junior Antoine Morton.
The victory ended the Bruins' five-game losing streak, the last two games of which were a wrenching 30-29 loss to Gar-Field and a potentially demoralizing 49-0 loss to Hylton.
"We were really proud of them," Williams said. "It was a big effort on their part."
Terrell Keeps Going
At halftime at home against Clarke County last week, Manassas Park Coach Jeff Lloyd realized that senior quarterback Zach Terrell was homing in on 1,000 rushing yards for the season and could become what Lloyd believes is the first player in Prince William area football history to top 1,000 rushing and passing yards in the same year.
"Zach knew he was close Friday night," Lloyd said, "and I told him at halftime, 'Zach, I think you're 18 yards away. I want to get that out of the way and concentrate on football,' and he said, 'I agree, Coach.' "
Terrell soon had his milestone, in just eight games, no less, and Lloyd presented him with the game ball after the 37-3 win. There was no stoppage of action during the game to mark the achievement.
"I really didn't want to do that and I don't think he wanted to either," Lloyd said. "Again, it's never been something that he's really been focused on.
"The neat thing about it is his teammates were as happy for him as he was. As I told everybody when I gave him the ball, this record is for all of us -- every lineman has a piece of this, every receiver that caught a ball. It's everybody's."
With Virginia A Bull Run District wins over Madison County and George Mason, Manassas Park (8-0) could finish unbeaten for the second straight regular season.