It must have seemed like part football game, part tennis match: Osbourn Park would pass the ball in one direction and No. 3 Hylton would return it in the opposite direction. Over and over. Four times in the second quarter of the teams' game Friday night, a different Bulldog intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. By the time the first half ended, Hylton had taken only 19 offensive snaps but led 48-0 in an eventual 55-0 nondistrict win.
DB Marshall Dill's return covered 59 yards. LB Tony Keiling (26 yards), T.J. Johnson (17 yards) and Omoniyi Bakare (30 yards) had the others for Hylton (3-0). . . .
No. 15 Liberty is best known for its defense. The Eagles, with three all-Virginia AA Region II picks last year in DE Aaron Hull, LB Bryan Roof and DB Adrian Hull, have yielded 9.3 points per game against their first three opponents -- all Group AAA programs. Liberty's big three on defense also have excelled on offense. They are Liberty's three leading rushers, and each averages more than six yards per carry. Adrian Hull (52 carries, 362 yards, 4 touchdowns) leads the group, followed by Hull's twin brother, Aaron, (23 carries, 147 yards) and Roof (23 carries, 140 yards, 3 touchdowns). . . .
James Monroe's move from Group A to AA has done little to dampen its success early in the season. The Yellow Jackets (3-0) are the only squad in the AA Battlefield District without two losses. Senior QB Delano Green has thrown for six touchdowns and rushed for six more as James Monroe is averaging 47 points per game. . . .
With Maryland School for the Deaf losing to Avalon, Manassas Park now has the Washington area's longest winning streak, at 18 games. Potomac (Md.) is second, with a 17-game streak.