With Homecoming week reaching its apex and a game against crosstown rival Robinson on tap, Aaron Hollins wanted to join in the excitement at Lake Braddock. But two words held him back: Joe Wilson.

All week long, the Bruins’ senior tailback had heard about Wilson, the talented junior from Robinson who had racked up nearly 1,500 yards through six games. But by the end the Bruins’ 32-7 nondistrict victory in Burke on Friday, Hollins made sure his name was the one everyone was talking about. The senior rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns for Lake Braddock (5-2).

“Everybody around me was all hyped up, but I just stayed quiet all day Friday because I was focused on making my mark,” Hollins said. “Everybody was talking about Joe Wilson, Joe Wilson, and he’s a good player, but I had to show them that I can hold my own out there, too.”

Aided by the dual-threat plays of junior quarterback Caleb Henderson, Hollins was able to burst through open seams while using his shifty ability to improvise even when plays broke down.

“He has a knack for finding the holes and making big plays,” Lake Braddock Coach Jim Poythress said of Hollins. “You really saw that tonight and it helped change the flow of the game.”

The Lake Braddock defense also did its part to help Hollins’s cause. Wilson scored on the Rams’ opening drive and rushed for 95 yards in the first half, but mustered only 26 more yards on the night as the Bruins stuffed him at the line.

And on the rare occasion that Robinson (3-4) didn’t hand Wilson the ball, the Bruins capitalized. Rory Renzi picked off Robinson’s first pass of the night, returning it 20 yards for a touchdown to put Lake Braddock up 13-7 and shift the momentum of the game.

After forcing the Rams into a four-and-out on the ensuing series, Hollins scored his first touchdown on a 32-yard run to give the Bruins a 12-point lead.

Lake Braddock’s defense came up big again to start the second half by blocking a Robinson punt. With just 15 yards separating them from the end zone, Henderson led the Bruins to another touchdown by finding Austin Wolfe for a four-yard touchdown pass.

One quarter later, Hollins sealed the Bruins’ fourth straight win with an 11-yard touchdown run.