As we all know, state politics is a pale and boring substitute for high school football.
This afternoon, I had the privilege of watching two local high schools — W.T. Woodson and Lake Braddock — battle it out for the championship of the Northern Region in AAA football. The game was played at Woodson’s field in Fairfax.
Since both high schools are within the 34th District, I was conflicted on where to sit. So I spent the second half standing behind the east end zone with Thomas. We saw a great game.
Lake Braddock jumped off to a hot start despite the cool weather and muddy track. After barely a quarter, they were ahead 17-0. The big play was a “pick six” by their right cornerback in the second quarter. The Bruins also controlled the line of scrimmage thanks to a super-sized offensive line that could probably start for some universities.
Woodson fought back before the end of the half. The Cavaliers’ quarterback, standing in shotgun formation most the day, connected with several different receivers before running it in himself on a quarterback draw. The score at half was 24-14.
The second half was a hard-hitting defensive struggle. Points were hard to come by until Woodson broke it open with a touchdown pass on a perfectly run post pattern. That narrowed the score to 27-20 (the extra point was blocked).
The Cavs’ defense made a key stop and got the ball back with four minutes left. However, the Bruins’ defense saved their best series of the day for the end. They collapsed the Woodson line on the next few plays and forced a turnover on downs.
With a couple minutes left, the Bruins’ offense ran out the clock to end the game (helped by a dubious interference call I might add).
Final score: Lake Braddock 27 and Woodson 20.