Gar-Field running back Latroy Askew, with more than 700 yards, is one of the area's leading rushers this year. But he couldn't gain the final three yards against Fauquier in overtime last night, allowing the ninth-ranked Falcons to escape with a 13-6 victory at Gar-Field.
Fauquier won the overtime coin toss, and after running back Aaron Robinson ran off the right side two times for only two yards, Donnie Holt gave an inside handoff to Russ Cook, who went eight yards up the middle for the touchdown. But Mike Cackowski's wide extra point attempt gave 12th-ranked Gar-Field one last shot.
The Indians ran 229-pound Lonte White three times up the middle to the 3-yard line before giving Askew the ball. The slick-running senior went off the right side and appeared to break the goal line, but the line judge ruled no score and sent Fauquier home with a 5-1 overall record, 3-0 in the Commonwealth District. Gar-Field fell to 4-2, 2-2.
Askew, who already has two games with over 200 yards, is the key offensive weapon for the Indians, so Fauquier Coach John Chmara had Cook key on him all night.
The Falcons did a tremendous job of closing the middle and sealing the outside, holding the speedy tailback to four yards on 13 carries.
Fauquier, however, used a group of running backs, and Robinson turned out to be the key man. Chmara had him run a trap play off the right side all night behind Ryan Smith and Andy Ruffner, and he gained 146 yards on 18 carries. Seven of his 18 carries were for 10-plus yards, including two for over 20 and one for over 30.
But the Falcons couldn't score because they couldn't hold on to the ball. The committed turnovers on five consecutive series in the first half, losing four fumbles and throwing an interception to end the half.
Carlos Marshall's fumble in the second half led to Gar-Field's first points. After Alfred Toole recovered on the Falcons 19, the Indians drove to the 7 before White went untouched for the score. Matt Daly's kick made it 7-0.
But Fauquier came right back and was able to hold on to the ball, marching 47 yards in eight plays. Cook scored the touchdown, going up the middle for two yards. Cackowski tied the score with his extra point.
Fauquier gave Gar-Field one last chance to win the game with a minute left. Askew took a punt and raced 40 yards to the Falcons 25. Coach Chuck White let the clock run down to four seconds before calling on Daly to attempt a 41-yard field goal. His kick had plenty of distance but was two feet wide right.