Fourth-year varsity program Forest Park notched a pair of firsts Friday night with a 27-10 home win over two-time defending Virginia AAA Northwestern Region Division 6 runner-up Osbourn Park: It marked the first time the Bruins have defeated the Yellow Jackets, and the first time they have won their season opener.
Junior Ryan Lee rushed for two touchdowns and seniors Jason Roy and James Stehlin ran for one each. The Bruins took 64 snaps, 62 of them rushes.
The Bruins' defense, geared to stop the single wing, had to adjust when Osbourn Park opted for a different offensive set.
"Our kids played probably as hard as they've ever played since we've been here, and they're excited to play and they feel confident in themselves," said program founder Jerry Williams, a former Hylton assistant whose Bruins went 8-22 their first three varsity seasons. "We have a lot of kids who have played a lot of football, so lining up against Osbourn Park and some of these teams is not a shock any more like it used to be. Hopefully, we're starting to come of age."
The Yellow Jackets had shut out Forest Park the past two years.
The dramatic comeback staged by second-ranked Damascus in its 29-22 victory over rival Linganore overshadowed a superlative individual effort by Linganore senior running back Matt Castor.
In addition to starting as a linebacker on defense, the 5-foot-11, 202-pound Castor accounted for 73 percent of his team's offense Friday night. He rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries that showed both his brute power and breakaway speed.
On his first touchdown, Castor was hit in the backfield just as he took a handoff from quarterback Mike Herrod. But Castor plowed over the Damascus defender and barreled into the end zone for a four-yard score. His second touchdown covered 80 yards on a simple sweep left. Castor got to the outside and outran the Hornets' defense down the sideline.
Castor also had bursts of 21, 24 and 56 yards and never was stopped for a loss of yards.
All-Met running back Morgan Green left during the second quarter of Lackey's 45-6 victory over Chopticon with a sore hamstring.
Green, who rushed for 220 yards last week against Calvert, finished with 83 yards on 16 carries.
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