One week after opening National District play with a win over defending champion Hayfield, the Washington-Lee football team nearly doubled its season high for points scored in a 40-6 road victory over Falls Church on Sept. 24. The win placed W-L in a first-place tie with Mount Vernon atop the National District at 2-0.
Running back Anthony Taylor rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Rigo Salguero totaled 89 rushing yards and two scores for the Generals, who ran for 277 yards as a team.
"We were able to move the ball effectively on the ground," W-L head coach Josh Shapiro said, "which is something I think we’ve done well the last couple of weeks."
Salguero also completed 4 of 10 passes for 34 yards.
Defensively, Moussa Diallo led the way for W-L with 16 tackles and two sacks.
"He just pursues the football," Shapiro said. "He’s special."
Mudsar Iqbal finished with 12 tackles for the Generals while Taylor and Tony Gomez each had nine. Taylor and Nico Burns each intercepted a pass and Paris Ebert recorded 1 1/2 sacks.
It is "kind of a no-name defense — no one big superstar," Shapiro said. "Just a lot of kids that are aggressive and come downhill and make plays."
The Generals are 2-2 with a 2-0 mark in district. After a non-district home game against Thomas Jefferson (0-4) at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, W-L returns to district play on Oct. 9 at Stuart (1-3, 0-1), followed by games against Mount Vernon (2-2, 2-0), Edison (1-3, 1-1), Wakefield (0-4, 0-1) and Yorktown (3-1, 1-0).
<b>Yorktown Wins District Opener</b>
The Yorktown football team opened National District play against Hayfield on Sept. 24, edging the defending champion Hawks 17-16. The Patriots will travel to face Falls Church on at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1. Yorktown’s next home game is Oct. 9 against Edison.
<b>Wakefield Falls to 0-4</b>
The Wakefield football team lost to Edison 40-13 on Sept. 24, dropping the Warriors’ record to 0-4, 0-1 in National District play.
Wakefield rushed for 208 yards, led by 116 from Devon Parker. Quarterback Drew Powell completed 5 of 14 passes for 41 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted twice. Thomas Curran and Raquan Hopson each caught a touchdown pass.
Wakefield will host Stuart at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1
<b>O’Connell Drops Conference Opener</b>
The Bishop O’Connell football team lost its Washington Catholic Athletic Conference opener to national power Good Counsel, 53-7, on Sept. 24. Joshua Trimble returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Knights’ lone score.
O’Connell will travel to face Archbishop Carroll at 2 p.m. on Oct. 2. The Knights’ next home game is Oct. 9 against Gonzaga.