South Lakes 0
Herndon's offense revolves around two ballcarriers who couldn't be more different in their running style and physique. The result, however, is usually quite similar, regardless of who gets the ball.
That was the case again last night at South Lakes, where bruising fullback Marcus Blaha and elusive tailback Solomon Hedd-Williams made sure there was no drama in the seventh annual Baron Cameron Bowl. Each had tallied a pair of touchdowns by halftime, as Herndon routed South Lakes, 34-0, in a nondistrict AAA Northern Region game in Reston.
The victory netted Hornets 15th-year coach Tommy Meier his 100th career victory. It also meant that Herndon (2-0) gets to hang onto the trophy for one more year, with the Hornets owning a 6-1 edge in the neighborhood rivalry.
"Solomon and Marcus complement each other very well," Meier said.
"What people don't always see is that every time Solomon breaks one, Marcus is leading the way."
Both backs were front and center for Hornets in the first half. Blaha (112 yards on 11 carries and two scores) set up the game's opening score with a 41-yard run down the middle of the field, which including bowling over a linebacker at the line of scrimmage and then breaking at least two tackles the rest of the way. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior scored moments later from one yard out to put Herndon ahead for good.
Less than three minutes after that, Hedd-Williams, a 5-foot-6, 145-pound senior who finished with 124 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, displayed his speed by scoring on a sweep from 14 yards out. Moments later, he showed off his moves, spinning off at least three would-be tacklers on another touchdown run. South Lakes defenders had spun Hedd-Williams around 180 degrees at one point of the run, but he found his way back for a 20-yard score.
"It's always good to have a power back and a speed back," Hedd-Williams said. "But it doesn't matter who runs the ball as long as we win. It feels great to beat them, they're our arch rivals."
Said Blaha: "Solomon can make defenses spin around for days. I run you over and [Solomon] runs around you. . . . I just love hitting people, whether it's on offense or defense."
The only thing as impressive as the Blaha/Hedd-Williams one-two punch last night was the Hornets' defense. Led by Blaha, who relentlessly blitzed Seahawks quarterback Josh Simpson from his linebacking position, and linemen Josh Hilton (two sacks), Trey Small and Jeremiah McDaniel, the Hornets limited South Lakes to six rushing yards and 89 yards of total offense.
Last night's game had been scheduled for last Friday, but was postponed by severe weather. It was the second straight year the Baron Cameron Bowl was contested on a Monday night because of inclement weather.
"Both of their backs are good players," first-year South Lakes Coach John Ellenberger said. "They've got a good offensive line. But the bottom line for us is we needed to do a better job tackling."
Note: South Lakes senior basketball player Ryan Scott has unofficially committed to the College of Charleston, Seahawks Coach Wendell Byrd said. The shooting guard is the son of former NBA star Dennis Scott.