Senior Justin Thomas ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a third to lead Brentsville to a 26-6 home victory over Manassas Park last night to most likely earn a first-round home game in the Virginia A Region B Division 2 playoffs.
The Tigers (7-3, 3-2 A Bull Run) won without starting quarterback Chris Jenkins, who suffered a head injury last week in the loss to Bull Run District champion Madison County. Senior Justin Waddle stepped in to replace him and completed two clutch passes, both to Thomas.
The first throw, on Brentsville's second play of the game, went for 53 yards down the right sideline to set up the first touchdown. The second came on fourth and six to cap an 8-minute 44-second drive to open the second half. That touchdown, and Waddle's two-point conversion run, gave the Tigers a 20-6 lead.
Brentsville rushed for 287 yards, led by senior Erik Croushorn's 129, and cranked out 19 first downs. The Manassas Park offense took just 12 snaps in the second half.
The loss most likely knocked Manassas Park (7-3, 3-2) out of the Division 1 playoff chase. By losing, the Cougars needed three other teams to lose last night. Manassas Park finished the regular season 7-3, after winning just seven games the three previous seasons combined.
Brentsville has won eight of the past nine games in the Manassas Park series.
YORKTOWN 37, WASHINGTON & LEE 0: Running back Alex Tigney rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots, who clinched the AAA National District title.
Despite negating three touchdowns with penalties, Yorktown (7-3, 6-0) clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive season. The Generals finished 2-8, 1-5.
LANDON 14, EPISCOPAL 7: The Bears moved one step closer to winning the Interscholastic Athletic Conference title by beating visiting Episcopal.
Landon (6-2, 3-0) can win the conference next week with a win or a tie against St. Albans.
With time running out in the first half, the Bears attempted a short field goal, but it was blocked. Episcopal (2-6, 0-4) scooped up the loose ball in the end zone but fumbled, and the Bears' Jim Barter fell on the ball to give Landon a 14-0 lead at the half.
POTOMAC SCHOOL 30, FAIRFIELD (Pa.) 26: Junior running back Rory Byrnes rushed for 216 yards and four touchdowns to lead the visiting Potomac School to an interstate victory in both teams' season finale.
Trailing 26-20 in the third quarter, Brynes scored his fourth touchdown of the game, a 46-yard run, before John Ohly tacked on the game-winning extra point. Ohly added a 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
In the first half, Byrnes scored on runs of 47, 21 and 6 yards to give the Potomac School (4-4) a 20-19 lead at the half. This season, Byrnes has rushed for 1,102 yards, 12 touchdowns and two two-point conversions on 174 carries. Fairfield finishes the season 0-9.