Brentsville High senior running back Greg Faith rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 34-14 victory over George Mason in a Virginia Class A Bull Run District game yesterday at Stuart High School in Falls Church.
Brentsville (6-1, 2-0), off to its best start since 1994, has won seven of the past eight meetings against George Mason (3-4, 0-2).
Junior quarterback-safety Chris Jenkins was another key for the Tigers. He finished with 88 yards passing and one touchdown, 29 yards rushing and one touchdown and one pass intercepted while on defense.
"I do not care what anyone says, Chris Jenkins is one of the best quarterbacks in the area," Brentsville Coach Mike Madison said. "If he played for a bigger, [Class] AAA school, he would still be doing the things he is doing down here. And Greg is such a leader--everyone in the community looks up to him and all his teammates try to follow his examples on and off the field."
On the field is where Faith, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound running back, has been most conspicuous--especially after the Mustangs closed to 20-7 late in the third quarter after a three-yard scoring run by senior Ben Love. Five plays later, Faith ran up the middle for a 45-yard touchdown to make it 27-7.
The Tigers now set their sights on Strasburg--a team they have not beaten since 1983, according to Madison--Friday at home.
Although Brentsville has only one loss, Faith is learning to accept defeat on another level--the team of 6- to 8-year-olds Faith coaches in the Nokesville area pee-wee league is winless this season.
"I love coaching the kids, and no matter how far behind they get they keep trying," Faith said. "I have learned to be a lot more patient with my teammates and coaches from coaching the kids."
His team's final game is next Saturday.
"This is my final chance to play high school football, and we are going to try and make this a special season," Faith said. "But I am also really looking forward to the pee-wee game next Saturday. I really hope the kids can win one."
Notes: Yesterday's game was played at Stuart because Mason is renovating the bleachers at its stadium. George Mason's scheduled home game against Clarke County next Saturday will be played at Marshall High.