The focus for the Woodbridge football team during the preseason was to get off to a better start after beginning 0-3 in 2010 and 1-3 last year.
That better-start mantra goes for individual games, too. So when senior Logan Farrar returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown on Friday night in a 40-22 home win over Broad Run, his jaunt sent a ripple of confidence through his sideline, negating any aftertaste of the Vikings’ 32-0 loss to the Spartans last year.
“Oh, man, it’s a good feeling,” All-Met junior defensive end Da’Shawn Hand said of leading by a touchdown 14 seconds into the game. “It’s good for the defense, too. It’s like, okay, we’ve got to match that.”
The Vikings did that for a half, shutting out the Spartans. Woodbridge senior Jaylen Avent rushed for three touchdowns, including 36- and 37-yarders, and sophomore quarterback Mike Majette added a 66-yard touchdown run.
“We had that on our backs,” Avent said of the loss to Broad Run last year. “They hit us in our mouth last year. We came out and returned the favor.”
There was some of that late in the game, literally, when players from both teams were ejected for a dust-up after a Woodbridge extra point.
Farrar is a Virginia Commonwealth baseball recruit but would still consider college football offers, Woodbridge Coach Kevin Smith said. He is a prime example of the Vikings’ athleticism. Seven players had carries in the game for Woodbridge (2-0).
“It’s a good luxury to have right now,” Smith said.
Hand recovered a fumble after Broad Run (1-2) drove to the Woodbridge 33-yard line in the first half, and he sacked Spartans sophomore quarterback Brady Reitzel on fourth down at midfield late in the third quarter.
“At the half, we were up 20-0,” Hand said. “But in our minds, we told everybody that we were down by 20. I think if we keep that mind-set then we’re good.”
Reitzel and sophomore Chuck Davis hooked up for two touchdown passes in the second half.