It was a clean sweep of home victories for three varsity high-school football teams in Arlington under Friday night lights Oct. 8 in Liberty District action.
The wins came over teams with a combined 1-17 record.
The Wakefield Warriors (3-3, 2-0) downed the McLean Highlanders, 29-16; the Washington-Liberty Generals (1-5, 1-2) earned their first win with a 38-22 triumph over the winless Langley Saxons (0-6); and the Yorktown Patriots (4-3, 3-0) outscored another winless team in the Herndon Hornets, 34-21.
* For Wakefield, quarterback Jack McAvoy led the way with a hot passing game, completing 18 of 20 passes, with one drop, for 270 yards and three touchdowns, all to Caine Poythress covering 48, 42 and 25 yards. McAvoy completed his first 17 passes, and connected with six different receivers.
Poythress had nine catches for 126 yards, Brandon Cohen caught three for 79 and Alan Peck three for 69. Carl Thomas, Michael Guruli and Rhys Carlson all had one each.
Guruli was Wakefield’s leading rusher with 71 yards and a one-yard scoring run, and Mario Martinez ran for 47 yards.
Wakefield’s other points came on three extra points by Mario Pinedo and a safety when Rex Pearson sacked the McLean quarterback in the end zone.
Wakefield led 29-0, then McLean rallied in the final period with 16 points.
On defense, Thomas had an interception and fumble recovery.
“That was the most solid we have played this season for three quarters, eliminating mistakes and moving the ball,” Wakefield coach Wayne Hogwood said. “Jack was very accurate and smart with the ball. He was getting rid of the ball quickly and taking advantage of what the defense was giving him.”
* In Washington-Liberty’s win, junior runningback Jackson Broadwell led the way by rushing for 158 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, as the Generals led at halftime, 31-6. Broadwell has been the starting runningback for three weeks.
“Jackson runs hard and runs hard after contact,” W-L coach Josh Shapiro said.
Generals’ quarterback Ryan Jones was 9 of 18 passing for 114 yards and a touchdown pass to Quinn Brennan (two catches, 32 yards). Jay Barolo and Jackson Nowinski each had multiple catches and Michale Dertke made a key diving catch.
The team’s other TD was a one-yard run by Elijah Hughes. Anthony Ceballos-Medina booted a field goal.
“We were up 31-6, then made some mistakes, that’s why the game got interesting late,” Shapiro said. “But we will take the win.”
Brennan had an interception on defense, Dertke added a strip sack and W-L recovered two fumbles.
* In Yorktown’s win over Herndon, the teams combined for 697 yards rushing, the Patriots having 337.
“Herndon’s quarterback was better than we thought, and we had trouble stopping their triple-option offense. That’s hard to duplicate in practice,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. “But we moved the ball at will on offense, we answered everytime they scored and they made some mistakes.”
Those mistakes included four lost fumbles.
Miles Fang ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns for Yorktown, Xandar Starks ran for 66 and a TD, Tyler Randles for 51 and quarterback James Yoest for 37 and a score.
Yoest was 8 of 10 passing for 137 yards, with Mason Cunningham having five catches for 101 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown reception. John Porter, Randles and Fang all had one catch. Thomas Edmeades kicked multiple extra points.
Yorktown had 474 total yards.
Blake Buchert, Liam Anderson, Jack Martinez and Patrick Ferguson had the fumble recoveries for Yorktown.