Kevan Walker, Shamar Knight-Justice and Terrence Glenn helped introduce Stone Bridge to the AAA Liberty District last night. And if their performance is any indication, the Bulldogs won't be welcomed by many of their new district rivals.
The trio combined for 321 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 49-20 victory over Jefferson at home. The game was Stone Bridge's first in district play after playing in the AA Dulles District last season.
"We threw a lot of misdirection plays in there at them, a lot of reverses and stuff like that," Glenn said. "Being new to the district, they weren't really used to the single-wing offense. I think that caught them off guard a little bit."
Stone Bridge (3-1, 1-0) came in averaging 14.7 points per game, but it didn't take the Bulldogs long to reach that mark. Their single-wing offense, replete with multiple handoffs, direct snaps and all sorts of misdirection, kept Jefferson's defense off balance all game.
"We hadn't been running the ball real well," Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson said. "Our base single-wing stuff had been a little off. I was happy to see we got it back."
Knowing that Jefferson (3-1, 2-1) entered the game allowing an average of 28 points, Stone Bridge was confident it could move the ball -- and it took the Bulldogs until their first possession of the second half to score 28 points. Walker raced 38 yards to the end zone on an inside handoff to make the score 28-14. It was one of Walker's three scores in the game. The sophomore running back scored two rushing touchdowns and had a 42-yard touchdown reception before mildly injuring his shoulder in the second half.
"The whole key to the game was the [offensive] line," Walker said. "The line was just opening up some beautiful holes for me. I just had to finish it for them."
Glenn did his part at quarterback in the single-wing. He sold fakes well, managed the clock well late in the game and made a few big throws when needed. Glenn finished the game with 112 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He also was 5-of-11 passing for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Knight-Justice shared time in the backfield with Walker and rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Glenn said having such speedy running backs as Walker and Knight-Justice helped shift the defense's attention away from him.
"When we run reverses and stuff like that, they pull people with them when I have the ball, and I pull people with me when they have the ball," Glenn said. "Like I said, all three of us have real fast 40 [-yard dash] times, so our speed in the backfield is pretty good."