Lake Braddock running back Ryan Neff describes his running style as rather simple. His performance last night in leading the No. 12 Bruins to a 27-0 victory over host Annandale was simply outstanding.
Neff rushed for three touchdowns and 156 yards.
"I just keep going until I can't go anymore," said Neff, who has 971 yards and is on the verge of his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season.
In addition to dominating the running game, the Bruins (7-0) nullified the Atoms' rushing attack that featured senior Sam Korpoi, who entered with 815 yards in the first six games but finished with just 29 yards on eight carries.
Lake Braddock scored on its first possession of the game. Following a 50-yard punt return by senior John Ro, sophomore quarterback B.J. Quigley connected on a slant pass to junior Chris Delfin, who cut past a defender at the goal line to give the Bruins the lead with 8 minutes 42 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Adding to the Atoms' miseries were four turnovers--including two inside Lake Braddock's 10-yard line that halted apparent touchdown drives.
The Bruins increased their lead to 14-0 on their next possession following a special-teams blunder by Annandale (4-3) when Victor Downing fumbled the ball while fielding a punt at Annandale's 8-yard line. Lake Braddock recovered and four plays later Neff scampered four yards up the middle for the score with 3:32 remaining in the first quarter.
Lake Braddock continued to run the ball in the second half, putting together back-to-back drives of 66 and 93 yards that resulted in Neff's touchdown runs that put the game out of reach.
Neff added his third score of the game with 8:48 remaining. Neff carried the ball eight times for 24 yards on the fourth-quarter drive that spanned six minutes.
"He's been our bread and butter," said Lake Braddock Coach Francis Dall, whose team has now defeated Annandale six of its past eight meetings. "This is actually his third good season. I know it's a step up from where he was as a sophomore and junior, but I know every coach he plays against has appreciated him after the game."
After 10 seasons as Lake Braddock's head coach, Dall is retiring at the end of the season to become athletic director at a new high school opening next fall in Fairfax County. His players say it's their job to send Dall out on top.
"We want to make sure his last year is a good one and to prove to a lot of people how great a coach he really is," Neff said.
Note: Lake Braddock junior defensive end Peter Bobrowski went down with an apparent bruised vertebrae late in the first quarter. Bobrowski was involved in a group tackle on Annandale's Korpoi when he jammed his neck and ended up face down on the ground. Bobrowski was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was reported to have movement in his limbs and was in stable condition when taken off the field.