HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ROUNDUP / By David Steinbacher

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Four of the nine area football teams won their respective games this past weekend, highlighted by Episcopal defeating St. Stephens/St. Agnes 16-7 and Bishop Ireton pummeling St. Marys Ryken 51-0.

Mount Vernon turned back Yorktown 22-20 and Edison pounded Washington-Lee 51-0.

Episcopal 16
St. Stephans/St. Agnes 7

The Episcopal Maroon outlasted city and IAC rival St. Stephens/St. Agnes 16-7 courtesy of a strong ground game on October 25 at home.

Episcopal, coached by veteran Mark Gowin, forged ahead 7-0 in the first quarter with a four-yard TD run by senior Evan King. King, who had 34 carries for 201 yards, is having one of the finest rushing seasons in Maroon history.

EHS also led 10-0 at halftime courtesy of a 19-yard field goal by senior Sam Dashiell.

The visiting Saints, coached by veteran Dave Holm, generated their points early in the third quarter.

On the first possession following halftime, SSSA put points on the board when junior QB Ryan Seher connected with senior captain/tight end Robert Asmire on a 55-yard scoring strike.

Coach Holm commented, Ryan threw it about 20 yards downfield and Robert went the last 35 yards to the end zone.

As a result, the game stood 10-7 at the conclusion of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Maroon put some insurance points on the board when senior Brandt Gess ripped off a 42-yard run, which eventually set up a 19-yard TD run by King.

The Maroon had no turnovers while the Saints gave up three on the day.

Episcopals Hunter de Butts recorded an interception; Lester Batiste caused a fumble; Will Stokes recovered a fumble; and Lorenzo Chavez both caused and recovered a fumble.

Commented Gowin, It was some tough conditions out there with all of that rain. We only threw the ball four times today. St. Stephens/St. Agnes played very hard. It was a real hard-fought game.

After the game, Holm also commented, saying, It was a tough game. Our kids played hard and never gave up. Im proud of the way that we hung in there.

With the win, Episcopal improved to 5-2 overall; with the loss, St. Stephens/St. Agnes dropped to 5-3 overall.

Bishop Ireton 51,
St. Marys Ryken 0

Ireton handily defeated visiting St. Marys Ryken 51-0 October 25 on Seniors Day at Fannon Field.

With the win, the Cardinals, who play an independent schedule, improved to 3-6 overall on the season.

Ireton led 27-0 at halftime and the game was never in doubt in the final 24 minutes.

The Cardinals generated seven touchdowns on the day: John Attiliis (runs of 40 and five yards), Doug Vines (41 yards), Oliver Noon (20 yards), Andrew Denny (12 yards) and two through the air with QB Oliver Noon connecting with Mark Holmes (35 yards) as well as Matt Verducci (15 yards). Mike Larrabee also added a field goal on the day.

Head coach Tony Verducci was unavailable for comment, but defensive coordinator Tony Keiling commented, saying, We started all 18 seniors [on both sides of the ball] today. It was our offenses best showing of the season. Our defense, led by Devin Cruttenden, Jacob Manley, C.J. Thompson, Ryan Espinosa, Andrew Denny, Ben Wenger, Conlan McCallister, John Attiliis, Dom Puglise, Anthony Rivers and T.J. McLaughlin, really hung in there today.

McLaughlin, a senior and also a standout wrestler at Ireton commented, It was a big win. It was good to be able to go out on Seniors Day with a victory.

Mount Vernon 22
Yorktown 20

Mount Vernon improved to 7-2 overall on the season with a 22-20 victory over National District rival Yorktown. The contest was played in North Arlington on October 24.

The Majors, coached by veteran Tom Glynn, led 8-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Mount Vernon also led 15-7 at halftime as well as 22-13 after the third quarter concluded.

The Majors received TDs from Kyle Ricks (one-yard run), Brian Green (18-yard run) and Robert Coleman (five-yard run).

Green, the Majors QB, commented after the game, Its always tough to win up here at Yorktown.

Coleman, who scored the touchdown that essentially clinched the victory, also said afterwards, This was a good win. Were trying to get to the Regionals this season.

The Majors also recorded two interceptions by Dannish Decardi-Nelson.

Edison 51,
Washington-Lee 0

Powerhouse Edison, ranked 11th in the latest Washington Post Poll, pounded Washington-Lee 51-0 on October 24 at home.

The victory marked the 106th all-time win for decorated Eagle head coach Vaughn Lewis.

Edison scored early and often in improving to 9-0 on the season.

The Eagles were paced by Stephon Robertson, who had TD runs of 19, one, one and 23-yards, Corey Washington with a 69-yard TD run as well as a 39-yard scoring reception from Levi Barber, Barber with a 23-yard run, and placekicker Mehdi Charfi with a 28-yard field goal.

Edison, 1986 Division V State Champions, is assured of a post-season berth this season.

T.C. Williams 13
R.E. Lee 24
T.C. Williams dropped to 3-6 overall on the season with a 24-13 setback to R.E. Lee.

Hayfield 21
South County 28

Hayfield dropped a 28-21 contest to South County and consequently weighs-in at 1-8 overall on the season.

Jefferson 7
Stone Bridge 70

Jefferson dropped to 3-6 overall on the season via a 70-7 pounding administered by Stone Bridge (Ashburn). Stone Bridge, of the Liberty District, is currently ranked 17th in the nation by USA Today.

West Potomac 27
Annandale 32

West Potomac dropped a 32-27 contest to Annandale and consequently weighs-in at 5-4 overall on the season.

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