St. Albans and Landon played yesterday afternoon to decide which football team would finish second to Georgetown Prep in the Interstate Athletic Conference. St. Albans raised eyebrows and questions with a season-ending 21-0 victory in Bethesda.
The teams are similar, each running a multiple I-formation offense, with one essential difference: the size of the linemen.
Behind 6-foot-8, 300-pound, two-way starter Jonathan Ogden the Bulldogs (8-2, 3-1 in the league) ran up more than 300 yards offense and held the Bears (6-4 and 2-2) to 32 yards, including minus five in the second half.
St. Albans had 22 first downs to Landon's three, held the ball more than twice as long, and forced the Bears out of the offense they've been running all season.
Averaging six throws a game, Landon put the ball in the air 15 times and gained 50 yards.
Andy Hubbard, normally the second half of a tailback tandem that's gained about 2,000 yards this year, rushed 195 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. "I'm just so happy to have this kind of day in my final high school game," he said. "I'm proud of myself and our team."
Jonathan Roth (55 yards on 14 carries), the Bulldogs' workhorse this season, usually alternates plays with Hubbard. But Coach Dick Allanson kept Hubbard in most of the second half, allowing St. Albans to keep the ball for more than 18 minutes.
The Bulldogs didn't throw once.
"The offensive line was the difference," said Allanson.
The score wouldn't have been even as close if not for St. Albans's first-half inadequacies. It led by 7-0 at halftime, but should have had more. After Hubbard ran in from six yards on the Bulldogs' first possession, the St. Albans offense became a bit dismantled.