Northern Virginia football notebook: West Potomac survives last-second scare

West Potomac running back Justine Annan, top, fumbles and turns the ball over early in the first quarter on a hit by West Springfield defender Thomas Salvato during at Oct. 9, 2015 game in Alexandria. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

West Potomac’s Justine Annan ran, and Briar Woods defenders fell behind him. Twenty-nine yards later, he stood in the end zone. The Wolverines had a seven-point lead inside of five minutes to play in the fourth quarter Friday night.

“It’s almost like a wake,” West Potomac Coach Jeremiah Ross said. “As he goes by, there’s one white jersey on the ground, then another and another.”

Annan’s rumble touched off a wild final few minutes of football in the Wolverines’ 38-35 win in Alexandria.

Briar Woods answered with a one-yard touchdown run from Ben Maffe, one of three for him on the night, to tie the game.

West Potomac followed with a 31-yard field goal with 42 seconds to play.

The Falcons drove 65 yards in the time remaining, buoyed to the West Potomac five-yard line on a roughing the passer penalty on what could have been the game’s final play.

Instead, Briar Woods got an untimed down for a shot at the end zone to win the game or a field goal to tie it. Coach Charlie Pierce went for the win.

“I almost couldn’t watch the ending,” Annan said.

Quarterback Skyler Springs rolled left as two West Potomac linebackers gave chase. He threw for the front corner of the end zone. The pass fell incomplete. The Wolverines bench rushed the field.

“Enjoy this,” Ross told his team. “We’re still 0-0 in conference.”

West Potomac (3-0) gets its first Conference 7 test on Friday against Lake Braddock. Both teams are fresh off emotional wins: a last second thriller for the Wolverines, a rival trounced for the No. 6 Bruins.

That game, like so many others for both teams, will be decided on the ground. Lake Braddock feeds tailbacks Lamont Atkins and Ibrahim Mansaray. The two combined for 359 yards and four scores againstRobinson.

West Potomac will answer with Annan, who ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and junior Daiimon Cleveland, who ran for 74 yards.

The Big number: 33

Points scored in the third quarter by Hayfield in a wild 50-46 loss to No. 11South County. The Hawks went down 21-13 at the half, but stormed out to a 46-28 lead by the end of the third quarter. Then the Stallions answered with three straight scores to close out a win.

Northern Virginia player of the week

RB Lamont Atkins, Lake Braddock, Sr.

Atkins ran for video-game numbers in the Bruins’ win over Robinson: 331 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries.

Washington-Lee in the win column

It’s about time for Washington-Lee, and quarterback Ricardo Mestreknows it better than anybody. He’s been one of the lone bright spots for the Generals (1-2) as they slogged through losses in their first two games of the year.

But Mestre threw for 344 yards and five touchdowns on 20 of 28 passing in Washington Lee’s 48-21 win against Arlington rival Wakefield on Friday.

He hit seven receivers in the victory, including senior wide out Quinn Parks, who caught eight balls for 80 yards and three touchdowns.

The Generals this week will host Hayfield as they return to Conference 6 play.


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