They stayed up late, almost until the midnight curfew for Prince William County teenagers, but it was well worth the trip for members of the Eleanor Roosevelt football team.
Running back Edwin Rios rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns and had a 35-yard touchdown catch to lead the Greenbelt school to a 44-12 victory over host Woodbridge on Saturday night in a game that did not begin until 9:15 because of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
"I was really concerned" about the late start, Roosevelt Coach Rick Houchens said. "Making that trip and having all day to think about it, I was worried about their mental preparation."
But his worries were unfounded. The Raiders built an early lead, led 32-6 at halftime and cruised to the victory.
In addition to Rios, Roosevelt (2-0) also got standout performances from quarterback Wendall Williams and linebacker Robert Petty. Williams completed 4 of 6 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown. Petty had 14 tackles, one sack and forced two fumbles.
Running back Ahmez Hammock-El rushed for 102 yards and three other Roosevelt players rushed for more than 50 yards each.
Midway through the fourth quarter, around 11:30 p.m., the public address announcer told the crowd to remember the county's curfew of midnight for teenagers under the age of 18. By then, Roosevelt was in control and many in the crowd of 1,000 had departed.
Eastern senior running back Lawrence Wade rushed for 237 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Northeast school to a 29-20 victory over Wilson. Last season Wade became the first D.C. public school player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. . . .
Senior running back Ben Cross of Loudoun Valley gained 266 yards on 33 carries to lead the Purcellville school to a 28-13 victory over Jefferson County. In a losing effort, Jefferson County's Damon McDowell had 256 rushing yards. . . .
Arman Saunders of Hayfield rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Alexandria school to a 26-13 victory over Edison. . . .
Einstein senior running back Umar Ferguson went over the 200-yard rushing mark but his team lost, 13-6, to Northwest.
Victory At Last
Broad Run senior defensive lineman Wyatt Oliver knew his team's 12-game losing streak was finally finished as he watched his teammate, senior wide receiver Josh Null, return a punt for a touchdown in the final minutes of Thursday's game at Colonial Forge.
Null's 74-yard return with 2 minutes 55 seconds remaining broke open a tie game and gave Broad Run a 26-20 victory--the Ashburn school's first win since Oct. 31, 1997.
"I fell to my knees [as he watched Null] and I was so happy because I knew we had won the game," Oliver said. "For the past year and a half, we've gotten no respect. People never come to our games. But we finally earned a win this time."
Broad Run (1-1) fumbled five times in the first half but still managed to overcome a comeback by Colonial Forge (0-2). Broad Run junior quarterback Matt Gordy rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
"This week, we finally matched up with a team that we could match up well with," Broad Run Coach Ken Belchik said. "[Colonial Forge] played tough, but our kids hung in there."
Colonial Forge, a first-year school in Stafford, has no seniors; the Eagles' starting backfield is made up of freshmen. Broad Run is also very young; the Spartans have five seniors and 23 sophomores on their roster. . . .
Johnny Perkins of Phelps completed all six of his pass attempts for 248 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Northeast Washington school to its first victory since the 1997 season. The Panthers had lost 19 straight.
North County's Mike Pfisterer attempted 38 passes in his team's 33-14 victory over Meade on Friday. Pfisterer completed 25 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns. In two victories this season, Pfisterer has passed for 639 yards and seven touchdowns.
All-Met Chris Kelley of top-ranked Seneca Valley was all over the field in his team's 50-0 victory over Kennedy on Thursday. Kelley amassed 314 all-purpose yards and accounted for five touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores. Kelley completed 7 of 12 passes for 152 yards and gained 162 yards on the ground. . . .
Gonzaga was held scoreless for the first time in 41 games dating from 1995 when it was shut out by DeMatha. The Eagles played Paul VI to a 0-0 tie Saturday.
Staff writers Darryl J. Caine and Camille Powell contributed to this report.