WARRENTON, VA., SEPT. 14 -- Annandale fullback James Milliner was half as productive as he was a week ago, but was just as effective because he scored twice and rushed 157 yards to lead the Atoms to a 19-13 victory over Fauquier in a Virginia AAA nondistrict contest played here last night.
Fifth-ranked Annandale, which will play host to T.C. Williams next week, improved to 2-0, while the sixth-ranked Falcons, idle last week, dropped to 1-1.
Adding a touch of drama to the emotionally charged atmosphere before the first-ever meeting between the schools was the delivery of the game ball by a quintet of skydivers led by Annandale Assistant Principal Bob Dorminey. "I've been parachuting for 18 years and have been at Annandale for 27 years and I've always wanted to jump a game ball into an Annandale game," said Dorminey, who landed at midfield beside a cluster of officials and players. "But in Fairfax County they won't let you do it."
Fauquier managed to bottle up Milliner, who rushed for 249 yards a week ago, in the first half, holding him to 50 yards on 12 carries. But Milliner broke loose for three runs of 20-plus yards in the second half, including a 21-yarder for a touchdown with 10:26 left in the game.
Milliner's score completed a six-play, 59-yard drive to give the Atoms a 19-7 lead.
"I didn't run as well as I usually will," he said. "I thought I ran a little harder in the second half."
Annandale Coach Dick Adams noted some minor adjustments offensively in the second half, but directed most of the credit to the defense, which gave up just 62 yards on the ground and 133 total.
"Our entire front eight played their tails off against a doggone tough offense; they do everything," Adams said. "We were scared to death of their speed on the deep pass routes but they only got one on us."
The Falcons went to their quick-strike offense with six minutes left as quarterback Donnie Holt hit Aaron Robinson for a 24-yard gain to the Atoms 45. On the next play, Holt found Michael Porter open on the left sideline and Porter high-stepped into the end zone to make it 19-13 with 4:44 left.
Annandale then ran out the clock with a 10-play drive in which Milliner carried four times, including once for 27 yards.