A Long Wait Is Over
Heritage won its first Dulles District game since the school opened three years ago thanks to running back Matt Lucas's 10-yard touchdown run in the third overtime, lifting the Pride past visiting Loudoun County, 26-20, on Friday.
Heritage (2-7, 1-5) had taken a 14-8 lead at halftime after a two-yard run by quarterback Bryan Brosnan and a 49-yard touchdown pass from Brosnan to Chris Smith. But the Raiders tied it in the third quarter when quarterback Grant Jones completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Billy Sweeney.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime, then went scoreless in the second. The Pride helped itself by recovering fumbles on successive Raiders snaps in the second and third overtimes.
Heritage had made great strides this season leading to its breakthrough victory, most recently pushing Potomac Falls to the wire in the fourth quarter before losing, 14-7, last week.
Last season, its first in the Dulles District and third as a varsity program, Heritage was shut out five times and scored fewer than seven points in three other losses. The Pride played a schedule comprising varsity and junior varsity teams during its inaugural season.
In Friday's win, Brosnan finished 11-of-24 passing for 124 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. For the season, he has thrown for 1,165 yards and 12 touchdowns.
'We Tried Everything'
Potomac Falls struggled offensively throughout its 35-0 home loss to Broad Run on Friday night. The Panthers gained only 146 yards of total offense and committed five turnovers.
"We tried everything," Potomac Falls coach Casey Childs said. "We tried spread. We tried power. We tried throwing the ball. We tried running the option. I'll tell you what, they just physically beat us up."
Panthers running back Darren Bailey ran for 154 yards against Heritage last week but was limited to 50 yards on 11 carries on Friday. He did not carry the ball until the second quarter, when he took a handoff and nearly ran for a long touchdown. Bailey gained 16 yards before safety Joseph Costello made a touchdown-saving tackle.
Carrington Keeps Going
Liberty running back Justin Carrington continues to pile up the yards and rewrite records.
During the No. 7 Eagles' 55-6 victory Friday over visiting Millbrook, Carrington became Fauquier County's all-time single-season rushing leader after finishing with 182 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. Carrington scored four straight touchdowns bridging the first and second quarters, then added a three-yard touchdown in the third quarter for Liberty's final points of the game.
Carrington has 1,515 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns this season. Last week in a 31-0 victory over Warren County, he became the all-time single-season rushing leader in Liberty history.
-- Gene Wang and Rich Campbell