After surrendering a first-half touchdown for the first time this season, the Robinson defense held Herndon scoreless in the second half to lift the fourth-ranked Rams to a 20-7 victory at home, keeping their hopes alive for a third straight undefeated regular season.
Led by senior defensive linemen Franklyn Herrera and Angelo Martinez, the Rams (6-0) had two crucial sacks and a blocked field goal against previously unbeaten Herndon (5-1) in a AAA nondistrict game in Fairfax.
"We knew they were a tough team. You're not 5-0 by mistake," Robinson Coach Mark Bendorf said. Robinson's "defense was real solid. We were real physical. . . . We didn't get hurt on their running the football, and that's [Herndon's] forte."
The Rams' defense has allowed 14 points in its past three games. It held the Hornets' leading rusher, Solomon Hedd-Williams, to 81 yards on 12 carries. Most of those yards came on a 60-yard touchdown run on Herndon's first play from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead.
The other first-half score Robinson has allowed this year was a field goal against Oakton.
Robinson running back Lucas Caparelli tied the score at 7 on an 81-yard kickoff return with 1 minute 18 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Kicker Matt Goff capped a 16-play, 68-yard drive with a 32-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead before halftime. Running back Lee Cartsen added a 21-yard touchdown on the opening play of the third quarter and Goff nailed a 22-yard field goal for the final margin.
Ryan Lifts Stone Bridge
Senior quarterback Sean Ryan accounted for 242 yards of total offense (134 rushing, 108 passing) as No. 16 Stone Bridge defeated host Loudoun County, 38-14, in a AA Dulles District game in Leesburg.
Ryan opened the scoring for Stone Bridge (6-0, 3-0) by finding Brian Calloway for a five-yard touchdown. Following halftime, Ryan found a seam in the defense and ran 33 yards for the score.
Loudoun County (1-5, 1-2) pulled within seven points in the second quarter, but junior Nate Hawkins returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards to help the Bulldogs pull away.
-- Judith Evans
and Matt Bertram