Joe Wilson carries Robinson’s offense; Motivated Potomac beats Woodbridge
By Brandon Parker, Preston Williams and Matt Brooks,
In Robinson’s first five games, winning came by way of lighting up the scoreboard. During victories against T.C. Williams and South County, the Rams averaged 46.5 points, while their three losses saw them produce just 16.3 points.
Friday’s contest against Centreville, a back-and-forth affair featuring 28 total first-quarter points, appeared headed in a winning direction for the Rams, until the second half, when Robinson couldn’t even muster a first down, let alone a touchdown.
“We were trying to score but it wasn’t going our way,” Rams Coach Trey Taylor said. “Centreville had the ball on our side of the field for most of the second half, so our defense really had to come through for us.”
Indeed, the defense did its part, holding the Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) scoreless until a fourth-quarter score tied the game at 21 and sent the teams into overtime. Robinson (3-3, 1-1) scored first in the extra period, as Joe Wilson (238 rushing yards) ran for his fourth touchdown of the night. On the ensuing possession, Centreville fumbled on first down while attempting a sweep. The Rams recovered the ball, sealing a third straight victory and a 28-21 upset of their Virginia AAA Concorde District foe.
For the fourth straight week, Wilson surpassed the 200-yard mark, pushing his season total to 1,427 yards along with 22 touchdowns. Friday’s win also marked the third straight contest in which Wilson accounted for all of the Rams’ offensive touchdowns.
“It’s not our intention to get every yard on the ground,” Taylor said. “We’ve just been giving [Wilson] the ball in the I-formation and even though people know it’s coming, he’s been able to find the seam. Once he gets out in the open field, he’s tough to tackle.” . . .
After falling to crosstown rival Westfield on Friday in a 24-21 loss, Chantilly received some more bad news. According to Chargers Coach Mike Lalli, junior outside linebacker Danny Farrell broke his collarbone in two places during a first-quarter play and is expected to be sidelined for the season.
Potomac finds extra inspiration
During Potomac’s preparations last week for a game at Woodbridge, Panthers senior lineman Gerald Turley took in a ball from home that all the Potomac players on the 2006 team had signed after winning the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 5 championship. Turley’s brother, Marvin, played on that team.
The current Panthers found inspiration in the inscribed memento and used that motivation in an 18-6 win at Woodbridge on Friday.
“We made everybody touch it, everybody hold it,” said Potomac senior All-Met lineman Donta Wilkins, who helped limit Woodbridge (4-2) to 36 yards rushing by recording 12 tackles, including eight solo stops. He also graded out at 93 percent on the offensive line, with four pancake blocks.
The win marked the first for Potomac over a team with a winning record since midway through the 2008 season, when the Panthers topped eventual Division 6 state finalist Osbourn. It also marked Potomac’s first win over Woodbridge since 2007.
“It can’t do anything but give us confidence,” Potomac Coach Jerry Roadcap said. “We just have to handle it the right way.”
The Panthers (3-3) are the only team other than Hylton with an unbeaten record in the Cardinal District. Those teams play Oct. 26. Potomac has to face Osbourn Park (3-3) and Gar-Field (2-4) before that.
“I’ve always wanted to beat Woodbridge,” Wilkins said as he beamed on the field after the game. “At one point, it was beat Woodbridge and lose the rest of the games and I would be happy.”
The Panthers are playing all their games on the road this season while their stadium undergoes a renovation. As disruptive as that is, the displacement remains a team rallying point of sorts each week.
“I try to tell them, ‘Let’s make their home field our home field,’ ” Wilkins said.
Wilkins, who has committed to Virginia, plans to take official recruiting visits to Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina and perhaps two more schools.
“I love U-Va. I don’t see myself changing at all,” he said. “But I’ve just got to see what I’m missing out on, make sure I made the right decision for myself. I’m 100 percent positive that I did. I just want to explore and take every opportunity to see what else is out there.”
Around Loudoun County
In Friday’s 49-17 win against Woodgrove, McSorley put his full array of talent on display with a record-breaking performance.
McSorley completed 21 of 30 passes for a Briar Woods single-game record 357 yards, and his six touchdown passes broke the record he set in August.
McSorley, who has taken on a greater leadership role this season, has now thrown for 17 touchdowns and only one interception this season and is seventh in the area with 1,312 passing yards.
With McSorley at the helm the Falcons (7-0) have won a pair of AA Division 4 titles and boast a 30-3 record. . . .
The Raiders committed to their spread offense two weeks ago, and the results have been staggering. Lokey has nine touchdown passes in two games as Loudoun County piled up 102 points and allowed only seven in two victories.
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