High School Football Recap


The Hayfield Hawks defeated the visiting Wakefield Warriors 35-21 to log their first home win in several seasons.

On a rainy night in Greater Kingstowne, the Orange and White Hawks (Patriot District) burst out of the proverbial blocks and took a 14-0 lead before the game was 11 minutes old.

Standout sophomore running back Elbert Maxwell scored both of Hayfields first-quarter touchdowns. The 10th-grader now has three tallies on the season (last week Hayfield fell to G.C. Marshall 23-12).

Following a 71-yard opening drive, Maxwell athletically caught a deflected pass over the middle from junior quarterback Anton McCallum to get the Hawks on the scoreboard with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter. Hayfield made it 7-0 following the PAT.

Commented the sophomore, I beat my man. Anton laid the ball up there, and I did my job.

Following a Wakefield (Arlington/National District) punt, Hayfield embarked on a 65-yard scoring drive and punctured the end zone when Maxwell took the ball in from six yards out. Following the PAT, Hayfield went up 14-0.

After the game, Maxwell stated, I went between the tackles to score off the right side. Give Nazrul Islam a lot of credit for making a very good block.

Hayfield led 20-7 at halftime after a five-yard TD run from freshman running back Steve Lynch.

In the second half, a 28-yard field goal from junior Ian Gray, combined with a 10-yard scoring jaunt by McCallum and two-yard scoring run by Lynch, propelled the Hawks to the 35-21 win.

On Grays 28-yard field goal, the ball was held by sophomore backup QB Jason Stewart and snapped by senior lineman Taylor Kewer, son of Hayfield Director of Student Affairs Steve Kewer.

On the rain-soaked evening, the Hawks mustered 431 yards of total offense compared to Wakefields 210. In addition, Hayfield generated 24 first downs while holding Wakefield to a mere eight.

Public address announcer Ron Simms announced several times during the contest, I am not a meteorologist, but it appears that the chance of rain tonight is approximately 100 percent.

In a bit of trivia, Sims is the Washington Nationals most high-profile usher. His job at Nationals Park is to seat the dignitaries behind the Nationals first-base dugout.

Hayfield, coached by veteran Billy Pugh, will visit Westfield September 12.

In other games this past weekend, the Edison Eagles (coached by Vaughn Lewis) now weigh in at 2-0 with an impressive 34-33 victory over West Springfield.

The West Potomac Wolverines (coached by Eric Henderson) are now at 2-0 with a solid 26-7 win over neighborhood rival Mount Vernon. The Majors are coached by Tom Glynn.

The St. Stephens/St. Agnes Saints hit the road and defeated St. Christophers (Richmond) 30-22 in come-from-behind fashion.

The Red, White and Green Saints spotted St. Christophers a 14-0 lead before storming back to take a 16-14 lead into halftime.

In the second half, St. Christophers forged ahead 22-16 before the Saints scored the final 14 points of the contest to earn their first W of the 08 campaign with a solid 30-22 victory.

Scoring touchdowns for the Saints were junior Laith Wallschleger (two), Travis Jones (one) and Alex Edwards (one). Matt Dyson also registered a defensive safety and Chazzo Habliston was 4-0 in PATs.

After the game, veteran head coach Dave Holm said, I was very pleased with the way our kids played. They played hard and they showed that they could come back [after trailing].

The Saints defensive charge was spearheaded by defensive coordinator Richard Jacobsen.

The T.C. Williams Titans (coached by Dennis Randolph) dropped to 0-2 with a 34-7 setback against Centreville.

The Wildcats led 14-0, but the Titans mounted their lone score of the first half when senior QB Zach Goehler hooked up with senior wide receiver Mark Grosser on a spectacular 60-yard TD pass. Brian Frank added the PAT kick.

Unfortunately for T.C. Williams (of Remember The Titans Movie fame) they could not generate any second-half scoring.

Commented head coach Dennis Randolph (also a former head coach at Edison and at South Lakes), We shot ourselves in the foot today. Weve got a young offensive line and it seems that when we got something going, a holding penalty would set us back. We have to eliminate our mistakes.

Both Goehler and senior tight end/defensive end Brandon Burke are the Titans 08 captains.

It was not the best of all weekends for Jefferson and Ireton. The Thomas Jefferson Colonials, fresh off a dramatic 28-27 win over Falls Church in week one, dropped a 28-21 contest to Langley in week two. The Red, White and Blue Colonials are coached by Tim Puvogel and boast one of the areas top quarterbacks in Ben Daly.

The Bishop Ireton Cardinals, victorious in week one against Archbishop Carroll, were skunked by WCAC rival Bishop OConnell 34-0. The Cardinals, coached by Tony Verducci, shot themselves in the foot with an astounding five turnovers. Running back Doug Vines accumulated 85 yards on the ground for Ireton.