Bailey Branches Out
Potomac Falls senior Darren Bailey dominated offensively and defensively in the Panthers' 14-7 victory over Heritage on Friday night. He entered the game averaging 94.1 rushing yards per game but exploded for 154 yards on 28 carries.
"The line just blocked," Bailey said. "I just saw the holes and went for it."
Bailey had runs of 57 and 45 yards and added a five-yard touchdown run.
He also had two interceptions on defense, including one that ended the Pride's potential game-tying drive with less than one minute remaining.
"I've never had a night where I played good on defense, because I usually play offense only," he said. "It felt good to contribute on both sides of the ball."
Bailey helped the Panthers defense pull down four interceptions in the game. Linebacker Adrian Tracy returned one 55 yards for a touchdown that provided the final margin.
Just for Kicks
One of the bright spots for Loudoun Valley in its 28-14 loss to Stone Bridge was junior punter Nathan Rathjen. Rathjen averaged 42.8 yards on four punts, including a 53-yarder with less than 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter that pinned the Bulldogs at their 1-yard line.
That placement eliminated any chance that Stone Bridge might try to garner an additional touchdown before the end of the half. Instead, in an effort to avoid a possible sack in the end zone for a safety, Bulldogs quarterback Sean Ryan simply heaved two straight throws deep out of bounds to run out the clock.
"Nathan's the man now," Vikings Coach Bruce Sheppard said. "That one that rolled all the way to the 1. . . . Have you ever seen anything like that? And the best thing is, he's developing consistency. I think that's a credit to how hard he's been practicing and working at it since the summer. He's just a fighter."
Carrington Sets Mark
Justin Carrington became Liberty's all-time single-season rushing leader after his 161 yards on 18 carries lifted the No. 9 Eagles past Warren County, 31-0, in a lightning-shortened game Friday in Front Royal.
Carrington has 1,326 yards for the season, the most in the 11-year-old school's history. Mike Hull, a 2003 graduate, rushed for 1,320 in 2001.
With two games left, Liberty is all but guaranteed the AA Northwestern District title and a spot in the Region II playoffs.
The Eagles limited Warren County junior H.B. Banjoman, the area's seventh-leading rusher entering the game, to 93 yards on 28 carries. Banjoman was tackled for a loss 10 times in the game, including four times on his first seven carries.
Banjoman, who usually takes a direct snap in the Wildcats' single-wing offense, rushed for 1,404 yards in Warren County's first seven games.
The game was called with 10 minutes 54 seconds to play in the fourth quarter because of lightning.
-- Rich Campbell, Angela Watts
and Sean Flynn