The Oakton High football team improved to 5-0 following a 48-7 non-district win at Edison last Friday night. The Cougars led 7-0 after one quarter before blowing the game open with four touchdowns in the second quarter to carry a 35-0 lead into halftime.
Oakton QB Jimmy Boone rushed for two touchdowns on the night and also threw for a couple - the scoring aerials going to Tuck Masker (14 yards) and Luke Willis (21-yarder). Willis, who also ran for a TD, led the Cougars' rushing game with 75 yards while teammates Boone (61 yards), D'Andre Johnson (44) and Kyle Downer (42 yards, 1 TD) also made healthy contributions. Eric Goins kicked two field goals.
Oakton coach Joe Thompson was pleased with his team's showing but also said the 1-4 Eagles simply had a bad night.
"The Edison game turned out to be more lopsided in score than in reality," said Thompson. "They have a good,
well-coached, young team that had an off night and we were able to take advantage of it. Our kids had a real good week of practice and have continued to improve in areas that we have shown weakness."
Oakton's prior four wins this season came over Madison, West Springfield, T.C. Williams and Annandale.
"As for our overall success, it's hard to put a finger on it," said Thompson. "We had a great off-season, and that built momentum going into the season. We've had a few breaks go our way each week as we faced our opponents."
Oakton will have a stiff test this Friday night (Oct. 8) when it travels to Westfield High to take on the 3-2 Bulldogs. The second half of the schedule will be difficult with Concorde District games against current unbeaten teams Centreville and Chantilly, as well as against talented 4-1 Robinson.
"I think the real test will be maintaining our progress through the back half of our schedule," said Thompson. "It is our goal to make the [Div. 6 Northern Region] playoffs, and that will mean finding a way to get a few wins in the Concorde District - no easy task. We have our work cut out for us, and the kids are practicing hard. Hopefully, good things will continue to happen."