McLean scored 28 consecutive points in the middle two quarters last night to hand W.T. Woodson its first AAA Liberty District loss of the season, topping the Cavaliers, 45-24.
Senior running back Matt Jones scored three times to help the Highlanders even their record at 3-3. After missing McLean's first game of the season because of a concussion, Jones has scored seven touchdowns in the past five games, including four receiving touchdowns.
With McLean holding a 14-10 lead midway through the second quarter after Franco Bradley's 35-yard field goal with 4 minutes 42 seconds left in the half, the Highlanders quickly answered with two touchdown strikes. After running the ball on their first 21 plays, McLean went to the air. Senior Tom Kolker completed three passes on McLean's next drive, including a 25-yard pass to Jones for his second touchdown of the game.
Woodson fumbled the ensuing kickoff at its 32-yard line with 1:06 left in the half, giving McLean a chance to increase its 21-10 lead before halftime. Kolker found Jones for a 29-yard pickup down to the Woodson 3. Jones ran in his third touchdown of the game on the next play, giving the Highlanders a 28-10 lead at halftime. Jones ran for 87 yards on 10 carries in the first half and caught two passes for 54 yards.
McLean picked up where it left off in the second half. After recovering a Woodson fumble, the Highlanders needed two plays to go up 35-10. Senior running back Jarreau Mobley carried around the right side for a 33-yard touchdown with 8:27 left in the third quarter.
Mobley added his second touchdown two minutes later, with a 12-yard run around the same right side he used on his previous touchdown to finish McLean's 28-point run.
The Highlanders wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, scoring on their first offensive play. After the Highlanders forced Woodson to punt after three plays, senior running back Matt McKee raced through a hole in the middle of the Cavaliers' line for a 60-yard touchdown.
Woodson's T.J. Salinas tied the score with a 15-yard touchdown run with 4:39 left in the opening quarter.
After the Cavaliers' touchdown, McLean put the ball in the hands of its running backs. The Highlanders ran 15 straight running plays, traveling 84 yards over 7:48, with Jones capping the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Jones carried six times for 61 yards in the drive.
CAPTION: McLean wide receiver Sev Smith gathers in a reception against Woodson defender Gregory Themak in 2nd quarter.
CAPTION: Woodson's T.J. Salinas breaks through the pack for a long gain against a pair of McLean defenders. McLean scored 28 straight points in win.