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Mount Vernon Sports Briefs

<b>WP QB Mathewson Sets School Record</b>

With rain in the forecast for Saturday’s game at T.C. Williams, Colin Mathewson’s father told the West Potomac quarterback he would likely struggle throwing the football.

"I wanted to prove him wrong," Mathewson said.

If Mathewson wanted to make a statement, he did so in record-breaking fashion.

Despite heavy rainfall, the senior signal caller set the West Potomac single-game passing yardage record with a 438-yard effort against the Titans at Parker-Gray Stadium. Mathewson also tied the school record for passing touchdowns in a single game with five.

He completed 17 of 29 passes and was intercepted once.

"It was fun," Mathewson said. "It was the best game I ever had."

Mathewson broke Cole Walter’s yardage record of 402, set in 2008, and tied Walter’s touchdown mark set in 2007.

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Mathewson’s performance wasn’t enough. T.C. Williams, led by its own school-record setting performance by quarterback Joe Hargrove, won, 38-37. The senior Hargrove, playing in his first game after missing seven weeks due to a fractured right, non-throwing wrist, set the T.C. Williams single game record with 297 passing yards, and tied the single-game touchdown pass mark with four.

"I would take a win over 400 yards and five touchdowns," Mathewson said. "If we had won we’d still be in the playoff race. I’d take that over anything."

The loss dropped West Potomac to 2-6 overall, 1-4 in the Patriot District.

Mathewson’s top target Saturday was junior receiver Daryl Copeland, who caught seven passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns. There are no records for single-game receiving yards or touchdowns listed in the 2009 West Potomac fall sports program.

Copeland scored on post patterns of 70 and 66 yards, and screen passes of 72 and 20 yards.

"Daryl Copeland was on fire," Mathewson said. "Two of [his touchdowns] were just screens, so he boosted my stats a lot."

Mathewson sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Sept. 17 against Chantilly, causing him to miss parts of four games. He returned Oct. 16 against Lee. The Wolverines won, 14-7, but wet, muddy conditions limited the passing games of both teams. Saturday’s game against T.C. Williams was played on an artificial surface.

<b>Mount Vernon Football Loses to Falls Church</b>

The Mount Vernon football team lost to Falls Church, 42-32, on Friday.

The 32 points were a season-high for the Majors, but the loss dropped their record to 0-8 overall, 0-5 in the National District.

The Majors host Yorktown on Friday.