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High School Football Wrap-up

Oakton, Madison, Marshall, Flint Hill updates

Oakton scored all its points in the first half and defeated West Springfield, 14-13, in a non-district road win last Friday night. The Cougars, with the victory, improved their early season record to 2-0. The Spartans, meanwhile, fell to 1-1.

Oakton’s special teams accounted for its first touchdown in the first quarter when senior Jordan Willetts recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to break a scoreless tie. The Cougars, in the second quarter, scored again when senior running back Luke Willis broke free for an 18-yard run.

Following both of the touchdowns, Oakton junior kicker Eric Goins converted extra point kicks and the Cougars led 14-0 at the half.

West Springfield sophomore running back Jonathan Dunn ran for a touchdown in the third quarter and caught a 51-yard scoring pass from quarterback Nicholas Pham in the final quarter to get the Spartans within 14-13. But Oakton held on for the one-point win.

West Springfield’s Mohamed Kamara, a senior running back, rushed for a game-high 140 yards on 14 carries. For Oakton, senior quarterback Jimmy Boone rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries while also throwing for 62 yards on seven completions. Sophomore running back D’Andre Johnson pounded out 53 rushing yards for Oakton.

The Cougars will be looking to improve to 3-0 when they host T.C. Williams on Thursday night, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. West Springfield, which won its season opener two weeks ago over Edison, 29-14, will play in Ashburn on Thursday night against defending Northern Region Div. 5 champion Stone Bridge (2-0).

<b>MADISON HIGH</b> fell to 0-2 on the season with a 42-0 non-district loss at Yorktown in Arlington last Friday night. The Warhawks, who had fallen to visiting Oakton, 49-21, in their season opener on Sept. 3, will be looking to break into the win column this Friday night at 7:30 when they open up their Liberty District schedule with a game at Langley. The Saxons, also 0-2, are coming off a 42-35 loss to Chantilly.

<b>MARSHALL</b> won its first game under new head coach Bill Lapthorn last Friday night, defeating visiting Stuart, 17-8, to even its record at 1-1. The Statesmen, who trailed 8-7 at halftime, scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to win.

Marshall rushed for over 200 yards as a team. Arthur Kapplow, a junior fullback, led the ground attack with 113 yards on 21 carries.

Aaron Aggen, a junior, kicked a field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Marshall a lead, 10-8, it would not lose. Later in the final quarter, Kapplow ran for a touchdown to give the Statesmen control of the game.

Marshall will play at Robinson High this Friday night at 7:30. The Rams (1-1) are coming off a 20-12 upset loss to Fairfax.

<b>FLINT HILL SCHOOL</b> opened up its season with a 40-27 home victory over Covenant School (Charlottesville) in a private school contest played this past Saturday afternoon in Oakton. The Huskies led 19-13 after three quarters before scoring three fourth quarter touchdowns to earn the victory.

Alex Callahan ran for two of the fourth quarter touchdowns and finished the afternoon with 142 yards on 19 carries. He also electrified the crowd with an 80 yard kickoff return in the first half. Flint Hill quarterback Andy Rehberger had a big game with a pair of touchdown passes.