As Dwight Lomax glanced up at the scoreboard following Friday’s game against No. 18 South County, the Lake Braddock defender couldn’t help but shake his head in disappointment. The outcome wasn’t the issue. The No. 4 Bruins held control for most of their 45-21 win in Burke to clinch their second straight Patriot District title.
But the “21” on the visitor’s side of the screen was an unfamiliar sight. Never mind that the Bruins had just held the Stallions to half their scoring average. For five straight games, Lomax and the Bruins’ defense had shut out their opponent, setting a lofty standard he wasn’t ready to compromise.
“When they scored that first touchdown, I was really disappointed,” said Lomax, who had two sacks and a blocked field goal. “We wanted to make it six straight shutouts. After they scored, I told myself I was going to do everything I could to not let them score again.”
Though the Stallions (7-2, 5-1 Patriot District) found the end zone twice more, Lomax was still pleased with an effort in which Lake Braddock produced three turnovers and 502 yards of offense.
Caleb Henderson (304 total yards and four touchdowns) set the tone early, finding Vincent Sica for a 52-yard bomb on the game’s third play. Two plays later, the senior quarterback ran two yards for the first of his three rushing touchdowns.
After A.J. Alexander ended South County’s first drive with an interception on a tipped pass, Trevor O’Brien sparked the Bruins (9-0, 6-0) by blazing for 50 of his game-high 169 yards to put Lake Braddock up 14-0 less than five minutes into the game.
“We just try to give our offense as many opportunities as possible because we believe it’s the best in the area,” Lomax said.
When the Bruins’ coaches informed their team that the first half had produced 711 total yards of offense and South County accounted for 369 of them, Lake Braddock’s defense vowed that the second half would be different.
By shifting linebacker Kevin Hankton from middle linebacker to the strong side, the Bruins were able to slow South County’s rushing attack along the edges. In turn, the Stallions were held to seven points and turned the ball over twice, allowing the Bruins to remain in control behind Cory Huddleston’s three field goals.