For the second consecutive week, the Mount Vernon football team scored an early defensive touchdown that swung momentum in favor of the Majors. But for the second straight week, the team’s momentum was short-lived.
Mount Vernon lost a road game to T.C. Williams 45-14 on Sept. 11. Trailing 7-0 midway through the first quarter, Mount Vernon senior Julien Randolph returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown, tying the score at 7. On the next play from scrimmage, senior defensive back Emmanuel Tackie intercepted TC quarterback Doug Murphy, setting the Majors up at their own 35-yard line. But Mount Vernon went three-and-out and the Titans quickly responded with a touchdown — the first of 31 unanswered points.
In Mount Vernon’s opener against West Potomac on Sept. 2, Tackie returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter, cutting the Majors’ deficit to seven points. West Potomac went on to win 55-20.
Against TC, sophomore quarterback Robert Decardi-Nelson completed 1 of 7 passes for 7 yards and was eventually replaced by Tre Cooke. The senior completed 4 of 10 passes for 76 yards and scored a rushing touchdown, but also threw an interception and lost a fumble — both of which were returned for Titans touchdowns.
Junior running back Sadiq Odyedele led Mount Vernon with 63 rushing yards in 12 carries, but eight of his attempts were for two yards or fewer.
Mount Vernon opens National District play at 7:30 p.m. at home against Edison on Sept. 16.
<b>Wolverines Edged by Westfield</b>
The West Potomac football team lost its home opener to Westfield, 28-24, on Sept. 10. West Potomac quarterback Nik Dimitrijevic passed for 289 yards in the loss.
The Wolverines will host Chantilly at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.
<b>High School Football Coaches Night</b>
The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club will host its annual High School Football Coaches Night on Sept. 21at the Old Dominion Boat Club on King Street. The head football coach of each Alexandria City high school (T.C. Williams’ Dennis Randolph, Bishop Ireton’s Anthony Verducci, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes’ David Holm and Episcopal’s Mark Gowin) will speak at the meeting, which has also been opened to head football coaches of Alexandria schools in Fairfax County.
Social hour begins at 7 p.m. and the meeting begins at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and free food and refreshments will be served.
<b>Lil’ Titans Youth Flag Football</b>
<bt>The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ Sports Section is now accepting registrations for the Lil' Titans Youth flag football program. This developmental program is for participants ages 5 - 6. League age is determined by the age of the participant as of Oct. 1, 2010. Teams are formed by recreation districts. Registration fee is $50. All participants must be resident of the City of Alexandria. Games will held on Saturday afternoons in September and October. The league is limited to a maximum of 100 registrations. For more information, call the sports office at 703-746-5402 or go on the recreation department's Web site at www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.
<b>Girls Volleyball Program</b>
The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ Sports Section is now accepting registrations for the girls volleyball league for ages 9 - 14. League age is determined by the age of the participant as of Dec. 31, 2010.
The league is designed to develop the basic fundamentals and further the development of the skilled players. Teams will be formed based on the number of participants registered and by experience.
Practice begins in late September with practices on Sunday afternoons and games on Thursday and Friday nights. The registration deadline is Sept. 15, and is limited to a maximum of 120 participants. The fee is $30 and participants must be a resident of the City of Alexandria.
For more information, call the sports office at 703-746-5402 or visit alexandriava.gov/recreation. Space is limited.
<b>Youth Coaches Needed</b>
The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is currently seeking volunteers to coach flag football, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball. Criminal history background checks are required. Interested persons should call the youth sports office at 703-746-5402 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.