Nick Smith threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another to lead seventh-ranked Park View past host Loudoun County, 35-7, in a battle between two of the Class AA Northwestern District's top teams last night.
Smith, the Patriots' junior quarterback and defensive back, also recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass, and the Park View defense held the Raiders to 121 total yards and five first downs.
"That's the best defensive effort we've had since I've been here," said Park View Coach Mickey Thompson, in his 12th year. The Patriots (9-0, 6-0) clinched at least a tie for the district title.
Thompson credited the defensive line, anchored by seniors Chris Lewis and Andrew Hoffman, for holding Loudoun County to 86 rushing yards on 36 carries. The Raiders (6-3, 4-2) entered the game averaging 205 yards rushing.
"All of those guys were penetrating," Thompson said of his defensive front five. "And our tackles really held the corners."
After Nelson Stickley's two-yard scoring run on the final play of the first quarter, Park View scored three more touchdowns during a 6-minute 34-second span in the second.
Nelson Stickley closed out the Patriots' scoring by taking the second-half kickoff 88 yards untouched into the end zone.
"I hate to say it, but I don't know if they can be beat," said Loudoun County Coach Pat McManus, whose team is on the bubble for a playoff spot. "I felt tackle-to-tackle we played them well, but then they got to the outside with their speed and we didn't have enough speed to catch them."
Smith and Stickley provided most of that speed, rushing for 98 and 76 yards, respectively. Smith also connected with Dustin Dudinski on four passes, including a touchdown. Two other touchdown passes from Smith to Dudinski were erased by Park View penalties.
The Patriots have outscored opponents 365-39 this season.