South Lakes High School
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By Chris Colston
FALLS CHURCH, Va.—By halftime at Falls Church High—when intermittent static over the loudspeakers was blessedly drowned out by the Jaguars’ marching band—a look at the stat sheet proved deceiving. Falls Church has possessed the ball for almost 10 more minutes than South Lakes, moving up and down the field mixing short passes and runs by talented junior Dakwandre Marshall (118 yards rushing).
Yet the Jaguars trailed 35-0.
That can happen when you play the quick-strike Seahawks, who scored touchdowns on plays of 57, 40, 63, and 45 yards—including a back-breaking bubble screen to senior all-purpose star Spencer Alston on the last play of the first half. By then, the game (but not the loudspeaker static) was effectively over. In the third quarter senior running back Albert Mensah added a 19-yard touchdown run, and by the start of the fourth quarter backup quarterback Will Shapiro was mostly handing off to junior running back Xavier May. When the game—and the annoying loudspeaker static, which nobody in the pressbox could seem to solve—finally came to an end, the Seahawks boarded their bus with a 42-0 win.
“It was a bend-but-not-break night for our defense,” South Lakes coach Trey Taylor said. “(Falls Church) had been watching our film and I think they circled this game on their calendar. They came out well-prepared and we had to make some adjustments. But it was all things we had practiced, so we were OK.”
Senior quarterback Devin Miles was quietly efficient, completing 9 of 13 passes for 193 yards and three scores. Alston was spectacular again, rushing twice for 49 yards and catching four passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Mensah amassed 153 yards on just 13 carries and scored three times.
“I thought our offense looked better than last week,” Coach Taylor said. “Spencer looked the best running the ball that I’ve seen in four years. And Albert looked great. Those two got in their groove. If they keep getting better, we have a shot.”
On defense, senior middle linebacker Chris Logan delivered several stunning hits and had two sacks. “He is a difference maker,” Coach Taylor said. “He is old-school player, the anchor of our six-man front.” Logan also pressured senior Jaguars quarterback Lucas Saia, whose hurried throw was picked off by sophomore defensive back Joseph Dagbe at the South Lakes 8-yard line. Dagbe led the team with eight tackles. Junior defensive back Diego White added an interception.
“We’ve picked off two passes in each of our first two games, which is something we weren’t doing a lot of last year,” Coach Taylor said. “That was a big focus in the offseason, making our secondary better, simplifying things, putting them in better positions, and they’re doing a good job of running with it.”
Next Friday South Lakes (2-0) returns to the road for the third time in a row, traveling to face rival Oakton. The Cougars (0-2) will be looking to bounce back from a 35-7 loss at West Springfield. Game time is 7 p.m.