Senior quarterback Kerby Long spent good portions of Yorktown's first two games taking the ball from the center, handing off and watching as backfield mates Max Milien and Steven Smith rolled up big rushing totals. But Long showed that he can be a rushing threat, too, leading the Patriots to a 35-7 victory over McLean in a Virginia AAA nondistrict matchup last night in Arlington.
Long rushed for a 134 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score as the Patriots improved to 3-0. The Yorktown defense came up with three interceptions -- including two that led to scores -- in its best effort of the young season. McLean fell to 1-1.
Milien and Smith entered the game with a combined 544 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. But McLean's defense could not slow down Long, who proved to be elusive operating out of the shotgun.
With Yorktown leading 13-7 with 4 minutes 8 seconds remaining in the first half, Long delivered his niftiest move, scoring on a 45-yard run after it appeared that a McLean defender had brought him down.
"I just kept my legs moving," Long said. "I thought I was down, too. . . . We are very fortunate to have the running backs we have, but the way our offense is, we run a lot of misdirection. So it's hard to key in on one player."
On the first possession of the third quarter, Long threw his lone touchdown pass, a 10-yard strike to Milien (84 rushing yards on nine carries). That expanded the lead to 28-7. He capped the scoring with a five-yard touchdown run 42 seconds into the fourth quarter.
"You can't stop everybody," McLean Coach Rick Rivera said. "We just hoped to slow them down. But we couldn't sustain long drives, and that opened up the game for Long."
Yorktown senior linebacker David Doucette notched the first score of the game when he returned an interception 35 yards in the first quarter. McLean responded immediately with an 82-yard touchdown run by senior running back Brendan Griffin. "We really challenged our defense this week," Yorktown Coach Bruce Hanson said. "We had four picks against West Potomac [last week], and I was pleased with our effort today."