The South Lakes High football team, coming off a win over Falls Church two weeks ago, lost its Liberty District opener to visiting Madison last Friday night, 16-6. With the setback, the Seahawks slipped to 1-3 on the season. Coach John Ellenberger’s team will look to get back into the win column this Friday night when it travels to W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax.
Both the Madison and Oakton High football teams earned wins last Friday night. Madison, which opened the season with two losses, won its second straight game with the victory at South Lakes. It marked the Liberty District opener for the Warhawks (2-2).
Madison opened the season with losses to both Oakton and Yorktown, but came back strong in a week three home win over Wakefield. Now, with the win over South Lakes under its belt, Madison will look to move over the .500 mark when it takes on visiting Jefferson this week.
Oakton, meanwhile, improved to 4-0 on the season with a convincing 38-7 win at Fairfax last week. The Cougars, who had previously won games over Madison, Annandale and T.C. Williams, will host a tough Langley team this Friday night. The Saxons enter the game with a 3-1 record. After beginning the season with a loss to Chantilly, Langley has won games over Jefferson, Herndon and Marshall. The Saxons are led by running back David Helmer, who rushed for 191 yards in Langley’s 35-12 home win over Marshall.
<b>THE HERNDON HIGH</b> football team opened up its Concorde District season with a stellar 21-7 home win over Centreville last Friday night.
With the win, the Hornets improved their record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the district. Herndon’s prior two wins were over Park View and South Lakes. It lost its first game two weeks ago in a setback at Langley.
Against Centreville, Herndon opened the game’s scoring on a 22-yard touchdown run by junior running back Devon Thompson (10 carries, 69 yards, 2 TDs). Junior Joe Eftekhari converted the extra point kick to make the score 7-0 in the first quarter. The score remained 7-0 until the fourth quarter when the Hornets struck twice for touchdowns. The first came on a five-yard run by Thompson and the second came on a 13-yard pass play from quarterback Zack Ozycz (9-of-9, 159 yards, 1 TD) to senior tightend Jake Stewart. Eftekhari made both point after kicks following the two scores. Centreville scored the game’s final touchdown to avoid the shutout.
Herndon will travel to 3-1 Chantilly this Friday night to take on the Chargers. Chantilly opened the season with wins over Langley, Washington-Lee and Annandale before losing last week to Westfield.
<b>The Langley High football</b> team won its third straight game last Friday night with a 35-12 home win over Marshall. It was the Saxons’ Liberty District opener.
Since beginning the season with a tough loss at Chantilly, Langley has won three straight games to improve to 3-1. The victories have come over Jefferson, Herndon and now the Statesmen (1-3).
In Friday’s win, senior running back David Helmer had a huge night, rushing for 191 yards on 27 carries and four touchdowns.
The Saxons trailed 6-0 in the first quarter, but Langley scored touchdowns in both the first and second quarters, both on Helmer runs, to take a 14-6 lead into halftime. The Statesmen got to within 14-12 in the third quarter, but Langley scored the game’s final three touchdowns, the latter coming on a one-yard run by senior fullback Derek Eklund in the final quarter.
Langley will face a stiff test this Friday night when it travels to 4-0 Oakton. The Cougars are coming off a 38-7 win at Fairfax. Their previous three wins came over Madison, Annandale and T.C. Williams.