Park View quarterback C.J. Leizear showed poise beyond his years on the football field just four days after the sophomore watched his grandfather die of lung cancer that had spread to his brain.
Leizear led Park View to a 46-23 victory over visiting Broad Run on Friday night on the strength of a school-record 371 yards passing and four touchdowns. It was Park View's first win of the season.
Leizear, who broke a record set by Nick Smith in 1999, got started early with a 51-yard touchdown throw to wide receiver Raymond Mends in the first quarter to give the Patriots (1-3) a 7-0 lead.
After the Spartans went ahead 12-7 on consecutive touchdowns, Leizear threw a 74-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Danny Foley to put Park View up 14-12. Broad Run answered with a field goal to make it 15-14 in the second quarter, but the Patriots took command from there.
Leizear completed an 85-yard touchdown to Mends before halftime to give Park View the lead for good, and the Patriots added scoring runs of 63 and 36 yards in the third quarter to pull away.
"I didn't know what to expect coming in, but the team just played a great game," Leizear said afterward. "All of these guys, they have my back out there. Guys like Raymond, who I know if I put the ball up he'll either go get it or knock it down so I don't have to worry about an interception. That gives me a lot of confidence."
Leizear capped off his memorable night with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Dudley in the fourth quarter.
For the season, Leizear has completed 36 of 82 passes for 646 yards and 7 touchdowns with 7 interceptions.
-- GENE WANG
and ANGELA WATTS