A Friday Night Lights Victory for Episcopal


Episcopal High School, founded 22 years before the start of the Civil War, finally played their first home game under the lights this past weekend on their home campus.

The result was a convincing 38-21 victory versus IAC rival St. Albans on October 10.

Everyone dreams about playing under the Friday night lights. The excitement was special. Our players were very pumped. In fact, we even practiced under the lights on Thursday, said veteran Maroon head coach Mark Gowin.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Maroon and Black were first on the scoreboard when senior Brandt Gess punched in a one-yard TD run.

The Maroon led 17-13 at intermission, courtesy of junior Hunter de Butts 26-yard scoring reception from senior QB Alex Helm as well as a 27-yard field goal by senior Sam Dashiell.

The Maroon extended their lead to 31-21 at the end of the third quarter en route to a solid 38-21 victory.

Second-half Episcopal scoring included an impressive three TD runs by senior Evan King of 13, 15 and five yards.

On the evening, Sam Dashiell, a native of South Bend, IN, booted five of five PATs as well as his aforementioned field goal (28 of the Maroons 43 players live outside the State of Virginia).

A pleased Alex Helm, who hails from Richmond, commented after the game, We wanted to successfully run the ball tonight, especially pounding it down the middle [of the field].

On the evening, Evan King ran 25 times for 187 yards and Brandt Gess was 12 for 62.

The Maroon improved to 3-2 overall ( and are now 1-1 in the Interstate Athletic Conference.