Basically, it was run versus pass when the Potomac School Panthers and host Bishop Ireton Cardinals met in a high-school football game Sept. 18 in Alexandria.
The offenses of the private-school teams couldn’t have been more different.
Ireton threw the ball 35 times, completing 21. The Cardinals ran just four running plays. Potomac School threw just five times and ran the rest, 48 times for more than 200 yards.
The Panthers won, 21-7, with three time-consuming scoring drives of 10, 10 and 12 yards. Basically, old-fashioned smash-mouth football.
Ireton completed a lot of passes, with only one big play – a 71-yard touchdown pass with the help of a missed tackle. The Cardinals dropped multiple passes and never sustained a drive.
Yes, two different philosophies and styles on offense.
Which is better? Well, Potomac School’s was Sept. 18.
– Dave Facinoli