Second-ranked Hylton rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit last night to defeat eleventh-ranked Dunbar, 19-14, and extended its winning streak to 19 games in front of 1,800 in Woodbridge.
Hylton (3-0) used its three-pronged running attack of senior Quintin Beltran and juniors Karibi DeDe and D.J. Walton to rack up 236 yards. Senior quarterback Kenny Irby completed just two passes for 77 yards.
"We played pitiful in the first half," Hylton Coach Bill Brown said. "We sat in that hallway and told our kids we were going to go back to our bread and butter. Tonight we relied on character, and we had to reach down. You can't do that unless you are playing good teams."
Hylton needed 17 plays, two fourth-down conversions and a personal foul on Dunbar (1-2-1) to march 77 yards on its go-ahead drive. Irby made fourth-down runs of four and two yards for first downs, but the Bulldogs still faced fourth and six from the 21-yard line trailing 14-13. Senior Andy Wilfong's field goal attempt fell well short, but Dunbar was whistled for a personal foul for hitting the center while his head was down before the ball was snapped.
The penalty moved Hylton to the 7-yard line and two plays later, Walton scored on a one-yard run.
"It was a tough call, a bitter pill to swallow," Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies said. "We thought we should have won the game."
Hylton scored on its third play from scrimmage. DeDe turned a five-yard outlet pass into a 68-yard touchdown play by navigating his way through the Dunbar secondary just 1 minute 20 seconds into the first quarter.
Dunbar took the lead about five minutes later when junior quarterback Joshua Cribbs scored from 19 yards on a bootleg run. Cribbs completed 11 of 23 passes for 113 yards.
After failing to connect with Savoy on his previous three long pass attempts, Cribbs hit his primary receiver for a crucial conversion on fourth and 12. Savoy's catch put Dunbar on the 3-yard line, from where junior Octavious Williams scored on the next play.
After Walton's touchdown, Hylton stopped Dunbar on four consecutive passing plays, the last of which was a bomb intended for Savoy that senior Delondre Simpson batted away.
LAKE BRADDOCK 45, OAKTON 7: Lake Braddock recovered five fumbles--which led to 24 points--as the Bruins defeated No. 18 Oakton before 1,200 in Burke. Lake Braddock (3-0) recovered four of those fumbles in the first half.
"I was not expecting Oakton to turn the ball over that many times," Bruins Coach Francis Dall said. "But the key was not that they turned it over but that we were able to convert the turnovers into points."
Most of those points came via senior Ryan Neff. Neff, a 6-foot, 206-pound running back, rushed for three touchdowns and caught another as the Bruins took a 31-0 halftime lead. For the game, Neff rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.
"We were so psyched to play," Neff said. "It seemed every time I sat down we had the ball back. The offensive line opened some good holes and we were able to move the ball."
Oakton (1-2) did not score until 41 seconds remained in the game, when sophomore running back Patrick Hackley-Hough had a 13-yard touchdown run. The Cougars finished with 164 yards of total offense and had seven fumbles, losing five of them. Their leading rusher was junior backup quarterback Scott Turner, who had 41 yards on seven carries. Turner is the son of Redskins Coach Norv Turner.