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Week Two Football Roundup

Madison, Oakton, Herndon and South Lakes All Victorious; Saxons looking to rebound from 0-2 start.

The Langley High football team slipped to 0-2 on the season following a 42-20 home loss to Chantilly last Friday night.

The Saxons, who in their prior game had lost at home to Lake Braddock in their season opener, will look to get their first win of the season this Thursday night when they travel to Liberty District opponent Madison (1-1).

Langley fell behind Chantilly, 14-0, after one quarter before scoring three second quarter touchdowns to take a 20-14 halftime lead. Saxon running backs Marcus Harvey and Austin Pritchett both ran for touchdowns in the quarter, and quarterback Braden Anderson tossed a scoring pass to receiver Joey Kiffe.

But Chantilly took control in the second half, scoring a pair of TDs in both the third and fourth quarters to win and improve to 1-1.

In other week two action, Madison improved to 1-1 with a 21-3 home win over Yorktown last Friday night. The Warhawks, who a week earlier had lost at cross-town rival Oakton in both teams’ season opener, scored touchdowns in the first, third and fourth quarters to defeat the Patriots, an Arlington area team and member of the National District.

Madison running back Mike McCool ran for a touchdown to open up the game’s scoring in the first quarter. Yorktown scored a second quarter field goal to get within 7-3 at halftime. The Warhawks’ Tavin Thomas (150 yards rushing) scored both his teams’ second half touchdowns.

Madison will host 0-2 Langley on Thursday.

Oakton improved to 2-0 with a 35-34 overtime win over visiting West Springfield. The Cougars were coming off a week one, 14-0 home win over Madison.

Oakton led West Springfield 21-7 at the half before the Spartans rallied with 21 points in the second half to force OT at 28-28. Oakton QB Jimmy Boone (88 yards rushing, 177 yards passing) threw for a touchdown pass and ran for another for the Cougars, who are the defending Div. 6 region champions. Also for Oakton, Luke Willis and Mike Greene both ran for touchdowns and senior wideout Matt Chandler caught a 78-yard scoring pass.

This Thursday evening, Oakton will play a 4:45 game at T.C. Williams in Alexandria.

South Lakes improved its record to 2-0 with a shutout win at Jefferson last Friday night in Alexandria. The Seahawks, who defeated Falls Church in their season opener two weeks ago, will host 2-0 Herndon this Thursday night in the two teams’ annual cross-town rival meeting.

South Lakes running back Ja’Juan Jones, in his team’s win over Jefferson, scored on first half touchdown runs of 47 and 77 yards and finished the night with 153 yards rushing.

This week, the Seahawks, who are coached by John Ellenberger, are likely to have a stiffer test against Herndon, a Div. 6 region playoff team a year ago. The Hornets defeated South Lakes in an early season meeting last year. But Herndon coach Joe Sheaffer, whose team defeated McLean, 28-21, last week, expects a tough game from South Lakes.

“They are a better team, no doubt,” he said. “Coach Ellenberger has them really excited.”

Herndon, in the win over McLean, had a big game from senior quarterback Zack Ozycz, who threw a pair of third quarter touchdowns and ran for a fourth quarter score to break a 21-21 tie.

“We can’t take South Lakes lightly,” said Ozycz. “Every year it’s a battle.”