For the first time in four weeks, Fauquier's defense allowed more than 100 total yards. But for the fifth straight time the No. 8 Falcons found a way to edge Commonwealth District rival Woodbridge, this time 19-12.

After the Vikings amassed 153 first-half yards to take a 12-6 lead, Fauquier came up with two crucial defensive plays to spark a third-quarter rally and the victory at home last night.

Fauquier is 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the district, while Woodbridge dropped to 3-3 and 3-2.

The decisive play came with just over three minutes left in the third quarter when Fauquier defensive end Stephen Abrams blocked Terrence Harrelson's punt at the Falcons' 38. Jeff Stephens scooped up the loose ball and returned it to the 18.

Two plays later, Michael Porter stiff-armed his way 17 yards down the left sideline for the game-winning touchdown with 2:01 left in the quarter.

"I slipped through two men at the line and he {Harrelson} had trouble with the low snap," said Abrams, a senior, of his first blocked punt.

The Falcons tied the game almost as quickly. Woodbridge quarterback Sean Scales fumbled a snap from the Fauquier 49. Carlos Marshall recovered on the run and sprinted to the 23 with 7:50 left in the quarter. Marshall then carried 22 yards up the middle and fullback Shawn Walters (56 yards) bulled in from the 1 to tie at 12.

A light rain that began just before halftime and stopped at the start of the third quarter made for a slick turf. Scales, the game's leading rusher with 115 yards, had just over 30 yards in the second half and fumbled several snaps that he recovered.

Fauquier Coach John Chmara, whose record is 6-1 against Woodbridge, said, "The kids showed an awful lot of heart in the second half."

The Vikings, who finished with 244 total yards (81 in the second half), scored twice in the second quarter to take a 12-6 lead at halftime. After Woodbridge took over on downs at its 32, Scales broke a 51-yard run up the middle on third and one at the 41 to set up first and goal.

The Falcons held for three downs, but on fourth and three, Anthony Carter (111 yards) dodged in for the go-ahead touchdown.