The McLean Highlanders (4-1, 3-1) got a big offensive performance from runningback Ryan Jessar and three touchdown passes from Bijan Soltani to blank the visiting and winless Herndon Hornets, 49-0, March 27 in a Liberty District high-school football game.
With the win, McLean clinched its first winning season since 2011. The 49 points were the most the Highlanders scored in a contest since shutting out Jefferson, also 49-0, in the ninth game of the 2014 regular season.
Jessar ran for 226 yards and four touchdowns and Soltani was 5 of 14 passes for 88 yards. Billy Ludwick caught TD passes for 48 and 28 yards from Soltani and Matt Duval had a one-yard scoring catch. Soltani also ran for a touchdown, and Ivan Maric kicked a 49-yard field goal and four extra points.
McLean had 302 total yards.
On defense, Jessar had an interception and Gavin Meaney a sack.
McLean led 10-0 at halftime, then dominated in the second half.
“In the first half, we were sloppy in our passing game,” McLean coach John Scholla said. “We went back more to the running game in the second half, and that helped open up the passing game, and our defense was lights out. Our offensive line did a great job blocking for Jessar.”