Scoring a pair of touchdowns would make any linebacker's season complete. Herndon's Kevin Rabago agrees.
The Hornets' middle linebacker returned an interception 35 yards for his second touchdown of the game with 5:55 left in the fourth quarter to seal Herndon's 27-13 victory over McLean in a Virginia AAA Great Falls District contest last night at McLean.
Herndon improved to 3-2, 2-0 in the district. McLean dropped to 3-2, 1-1.
Rabago, who lined up at fullback to score Herndon's second touchdown, tipped Stacy Moulton's pass with his padded left hand, gained control and raced down the left sideline to make it 27-13.
"I had my man covered coming out of the backfield and I stepped in front of him," Rabago said. "How far did I run? It felt like a hundred yards. I didn't think I was going to make it." The touchdowns were the first ever for the 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior.
McLean assembled a final drive that reached the Herndon 15 before JaJa Rowe sacked Moulton for a five-yard loss on fourth down.
The Hornets, who led 14-7 at halftime, asserted control with a 13-play, 45-yard drive that consumed seven minutes of the third quarter. Three times during the drive, fullback Andy Troxell, who led Herndon with 81 yards, converted first downs, including twice on fourth and one plays. Troxell's 17-yard gain on a counter set up first and goal at the 8.
Quarterback Matt Griffis lost six yards on a fumble before lofting a perfect pass to Rustin Evans, who ran a fade pattern into the right corner of the end zone to make it 21-7 with 3:08 left in the quarter. Evans, who caught all eight of Griffis's completions for 161 yards, had dropped an identical pass in the same spot early in the second quarter.
The Highlanders countered with a six-play, 66-yard drive as Moulton (11 of 26 for 187 yards, two interceptions) found Rayfield Hicks open on a hook-in over the middle and Hicks raced in for a six-yard touchdown to make it 21-13 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.