South Lakes High School
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By Chris Colston
RESTON, Va.—Money Magazine has ranked Reston the No. 29 best place to live in America for 2017, noting its woodsy atmosphere, expanses of parks, lakes, golf courses, and bridle paths, and its array of dining, entertainment and shopping venues. But the magazine left out perhaps the town’s biggest attraction of all: The South Lakes High School football team.
The Seahawks—ranked No. 14 in The Washington Post Top 20—feature an exciting, high-scoring offense. And after a rare loss and a bye week, their fans were aching to see it in action again. Friday against Langley, it just took a quarter later than they expected.
Oh, South Lakes won its Homecoming game 42-7. It was kind of expected, since the Saxons were coming off a 48-7 loss to Oakton, a team South Lakes had beaten earlier in the season 49-7. Even so, after the first quarter, the game was a scoreless tie.
“I think it was just a lack of focus,” senior quarterback Devin Miles said. “We hadn’t played a week, which probably contributed to us being a little flat. We tried not to take Langley for granted, but sometimes it creeps in the back of your mind. We just didn’t execute on either side of the ball.
“At the end of the first quarter, Coach (Trey) Taylor just told us he knew we could play better. We knew that, too. He said it was time to step up. In the second quarter we just started executing.”
Started executing, indeed—to the tune of 35 points in the second quarter alone. The outburst helped the Seahawks improve to 5-1 on the season, while Langley fell to 0-6.
Senior back Spencer Alston was back to his old form, rushing for 131 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries (an average of 26.2 yards per carry), while classmate Albert Mensah rushed for 114 yards on 16 carries. Miles completed six of eight passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns, hitting Mensah for an 18-yard score.
Rebel Run Managing Editor Rob Giampapa has said of Albert Mensah, “I want to be on whatever diet and workout (his) arms are on. That dude…it’s not right. He’s looks like The Rock in uniform. If he comes barreling through the line, you better not try to arm tackle that.”
Miles also found senior wide receiver Dave Hagengimana for a 21-yard touchdown. Defensively, sophomore defensive back Joseph Dagbe and senior lineman Spencer Coppage led the way with four tackles each.
Next up for South Lakes is a road game at Washington-Lee. The Generals (1-5) are coming off their first win of the season, 15-7 at Herndon High. Game time is 7 p.m.