Titans Clamp Down on Atoms, Level Record
Senior running back Cortez Taylor broke open the scoring for T.C. Williams (3-3) early in the second quarter last Friday night at Annandale, but it was the Titans defense that sealed the teams third win of the season, returning two second-half interceptions for touchdowns en route to a 31-7 win.
Up 10-7 at halftime after Taylors 24-yard touchdown run and an extra point and 18-yard field goal from Manuel Benites, T.C. increased its lead in the third quarter with a 13-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Doug Murphy to Bennie Jenkins and Israel Richardsons 60-yard interception return for a score. Damien Bentons fourth-quarter interception return put the game out of reach for the Atoms.
Losers of two straight games before Fridays win, T.C. plays W.T. Woodson this Saturday at Parker-Gray Stadium with kickoff set for 1 p.m.
Second-half Shutout Carries Saints
Trailing 13-7 at the half, St. Stephens/St. Agnes came out of intermission a different team and put together a second-half rally to beat Blue Ridge 34-13 at home. The Saints reeled off 27 straight points and held the Barons scoreless in the third and fourth quarters to complete the comeback victory.
St. Stephens got two second-half touchdown runs from Thomas Newman and rushing scores from Chip Phillips and David Solomon to round out the second-half scoring.
The Saints (4-1) begin league play this Saturday when they travel to Bullis for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
St. Albans Too Much for Ireton
Bishop Ireton (4-2) dropped their second game of the season Saturday afternoon, losing 24-6 at St. Albans. The Bulldogs did well to bottle up a Cardinals team that wasnt quite firing on all cylinders starting with a missed 23-yard field goal attempt on their opening possession.
The Cardinals went into halftime down 7-0 and kept that score line through the third quarter, but St. Albans tacked on 10 points to start the final quarter before Ireton playmaker Doug Vines broke free to score on a 95-yard kickoff return his teams only points of the day. Another Bulldog touchdown put the game beyond doubt.
Ireton entered last weekends showdown ranked among the states top independent schools and will look to get back on track this Saturday at St. Christophers.
Late Rally Cant Save Episcopal
Unlike the schools other footballers, the boys soccer team, Episcopal (1-3) was unable to beat their foes from Landon Friday afternoon, losing 33-20. The Bears dominated the Maroon in the first half, scoring 27 second-quarter points including three rushing touchdowns from running back Delonte Wellington on their way to a 27-7 halftime lead.
A mini fourth-quarter comeback, led by quarterback Hunter deButts with one touchdown rushing the football and another passing, came up short despite holding the Bears to just six points in the second half.
Episcopal, now 1-3 on the season, travels to St. Albans this Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff.[Editors note: Records are current as of publication date.]