West Potomac's defense scored four touchdowns last night as the Wolverines posted a convincing, 49-6 victory over Herndon in a AAA nondistrict victory at West Potomac.
For Wolverines Coach Danny Meier it was a bittersweet victory because his brother, Tommy, is the head coach at Herndon.
"As a coach, tonight was a nightmare," said Tommy Meier. "We just got beat by a better team. They beat us in every facet of the game. It wasn't even close. Our kids didn't quit, but we were just outmatched."
"It's a coach's dream to get ahead, 21-0, that quickly," said Danny Meier. "But there was never a point that I could eliminate from my mind that Tommy was on the other sideline. I thought about it all night. Tonight was something I'd just as soon never have to go through again."
West Potomac (2-2) wasted little time establishing its dominance. One play after the kickoff, Shawn Freeman took an inside handoff, broke into the clear and raced 81 yards for a touchdown. Matt Corcoran kicked the first of his seven extra points.
Herndon (1-2) had three plays, punted, and the Wolverines proceeded to move 57 yards in four plays. Fullback Lamont Gooding showed his power in the drive with a 29-yard run. On the next play, he went in from 17 yards.
On its next series, Herndon was forced to punt again, but Joe Skaggs couldn't handle a high snap and West Potomac took over at the 1. Quarterback Matt Browne sneaked in and it was 21-0 with 4:02 left in the first quarter.
The Hornets defense stiffened in the second quarter, and Eddie Stinnette intercepted a Browne pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-6 at halftime.
But the early part of the third quarter sealed Herndon's fate. On successive plays, turnovers produced West Potomac touchdowns.
Herndon's small offensive line was never able to give its small running backs any room to maneuver. The Hornets rushed 27 times for minus-47 yards. J.T. Taylor, who came into the game with more than 200 yards on the ground, had 10 attempts for minus-25 yards.