Flint Hill’s Cameron Vaughn didn’t enter Saturday’s contest against Potomac School with plans of starring as the game’s top rusher. As the speedy complement to fellow junior running back Christian Martey and with the area’s second-leading rusher in Potomac School’s Jalen Broome on the opposing side, Vaughn was content with playing his part, as long as it yielded a win.
The junior realized, however, that if the Huskies were to knock off the Mid-Atlantic Conference-leading Panthers, he would have to seize the spotlight.
Slicing through holes along the line and juking past defenders in the open field, Vaughn racked up a season-high 246 yards and four touchdowns to lead Flint Hill to a 33-12 win in Oakton.
Despite carrying the ball 29 times and shouldering the rushing load, Vaughn said he felt as if he could have played even longer. The extra boost of energy came from his ability to focus on one side of the ball after filling in at safety while injuries sidelined several Huskies in previous weeks.
“Of course, I want to play all the time, but it’s nice when you can focus on just rushing and breaking down the defense, so that helped some,” Vaughn said. “That also was probably the best that our line played all season. I just hit the open holes.”
Vaughn wasn’t the only Huskies player to capitalize on his opportunities. The game began with Flint Hill (4-3, 2-0 MAC) recovering a fumbled Potomac School kickoff return, leading to an eight-yard touchdown run by Vaughn. He reeled off touchdown runs of five and 43 yards to stretch Flint Hill’s halftime lead to 20-6.
Meantime, Broome struggled to find room against a Flint Hill defense that often brought extra pressure into the Panthers backfield. He finished with 163 yards on 25 carries, down almost 70 yards from his average for Potomac School (6-1, 3-1 in MAC).
“Jalen is a very good back, and all week long we worked on stopping their option run and making sure our execution was where it needed to be,” Flint Hill Coach Tom Verbanic said.
A key cog in Flint Hill’s defensive success was Cole Herdman. The senior registered two tackles for loss, blocked an extra point and intercepted a pass.
“A win like this against a conference rival is huge, and it shows we’ve grown a lot this year,” Herdman said. “We’ve played some tough teams but we’re tough, too, and we showed that today.”