W.T. Woodson's pass-orientated offense, which had failed in three previous Virginia AAA Northern District games, looked very much in sync last night as the Cavaliers defeated visiting Centreville, 17-7.
The Cavaliers (3-4 overall, 1-3 in the district), using an alignment with three wide receivers on every down, ran only four times as junior quarterback Brandon Corso completed 28 of 47 passes for 313 yards and a touchdown.
Centreville dropped to 5-2, 1-2 in the league.
"It would not be fun for me if I didn't throw the ball," said Corso. "I love this system. I don't think anything can stop us -- we stop ourselves."
Corso carried on three of the four Woodson running plays. On their only other rush, the Cavaliers fumbled to set up Centerville's touchdown.
The Cavaliers put the game out of reach with a six-play, 80-yard fourth-quarter drive. Corso completed five passes to Brent Weisner on the drive that concluded with a 22-yard touchdown catch by Weisner. Michael Healy added the extra point for a 17-7 lead with 7:23 remaining.
"We are a passing team, and if it works, we keep doing it," said Weisner.
The Wildcats got things going first. Early in the second quarter, Woodson's Michael Woolever fumbled on the Cavaliers 5. Mike Donovan's five-yard run gave Centreville a 7-0 lead.
The Cavaliers answered on the next drive as Thomas McLaughlin established good field position with a 35-yard kickoff return. The Cavaliers then pushed 46 yards in 11 plays, but settled for a 31-yard field goal by Healy with 7:37 remaining in the half.
With 3:58 remaining in the half, Corso led Woodson 91 yards in 13 plays, 11 of which were passes. With two seconds remaining in the half, Corso scored on a one-yard keeper for a 10-7 Woodson lead.
"I think it was a key win for us," said Woodson Coach Ken Poates. "I think that Centreville has got to be one of the best teams in this region."
Donovan, Centreville's leading rusher, was limited to 69 yards on 14 carries.