South Lakes High School
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By Chris Colston
RESTON, Va.—Senior Night at Patricia A. Bergan Stadium started with salutes to parents, “The Hippos,” “The Bellies,” and teary-eyed coaches; “saucin’” teammates in practice, recalling memories of past glories, and of course numerous shout-outs to the team’s favorite postgame hangout, “McTacoHut.”
It ended with Coach Trey Taylor clearing his bench, allowing players such as freshman Gabriel Gibson, sophomore Mark Semelfort, and sophomore Mac Carson to notch their first tackles of the season.
That’s what happens in a 77-7 win, South Lakes’ biggest margin of victory in four years under Coach Taylor. Really, what can one take away from a game like that?
“Everybody on the sideline played,” Coach Taylor said. “It was good to see some of the younger guys playing with the older ones and build some depth.”
The Seahawks (7-1) did it even without one of their superstars, senior running back Albert Mensah, out for most of the game with an ankle injury. Sophomore Andy Akuetteh ably filled in for Mensah, gaining 44 yards on five carries with a touchdown, and added a 28-yard touchdown reception.
Senior Spencer Alston did his usual thing, piling up 120 yards on just eight carries and rushing for four touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 51 yards and another score. Senior quarterback Devin Miles completed 11 of 13 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and he also ran for a score. Freshman Dylan White added 39 yards on three carries and a touchdown, and Sage Beuchert-Irvine returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown.
Obviously the big boys up front—“The Hippos” and “The Bellies”—provided fine blocking, and for the first time all season the Seahawks weren’t whistled for holding. “The only goal we had not met this year was no 10-yard penalties,” Coach Taylor said, “and we met that tonight.”
South Lakes also got great downfield blocking all night from senior receiver Eddie Mohler and junior Xavier May, who has been seeing more snaps at wide receiver instead of running back. “If you’re not blocking,” Coach Taylor said, “you’re not playing.”
By halftime the score was 56-0. After that, the biggest surprise of the night came during the announcement of the 50-50 raffle. The winner—military veteran Lyle Kellman—donated his $155 winnings to the South Lakes Band.
“I want to help pay for their trip to Hawaii,” he said, “So they can see Pearl Harbor.”
It was a great night for the Seahawks all around—one they certainly celebrated at Reston’s fast-food cluster of McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut the team fondly calls “McTacoHut.”