A late surge by the Falls Church High School football team proved too little too late as they fell to Mount Vernon High School last Friday, 34-12.
The Mount Vernon Majors kept a tight grip on the lead throughout the game. While the Falls Church Jaguars did gain life, it wasn’t enough to get past a strong Majors defense.
The Majors improved to 2-3 on the season, and the Jaguars fell to 1-4.
The routing of the Jags began early, as Mount Vernon junior running back Carlton Griffith scored on a three-yard run during the opening drive of the game. The Jags fumbled the ball on the kick return, giving Mount Vernon the ball just outside the red zone. Griffith went on to score again on a one-yard run and extend Mount Vernon’s lead to 13-0.
The Majors found the end zone again that quarter, on a 59-yard run by Griffith, and the Jags were down 20-0 going into halftime.
The play was more even in the second half, as the Jaguars made some exciting plays early in the third quarter. On the Jaguars’ opening kick-off, junior Jordan Coneys returned the ball past the 50-yard line before he was taken down. Sophomore William Mejia ran the ball down to the 30-yard line on the following play. The Jaguars were unable to score on that drive, but made up for it with tough defense. On the next possession for the Majors, Coneys got to quarterback Brendon Maturey for a sack; Maturey was sacked on the following play, forcing a fumble that was recovered by a Jaguar defender.
Struggles to hold onto the ball continued in the next drive. Jaguar quarterback sophomore Brian Eck was sacked and then lost control of the ball. The back and forth continued; a poorly thrown pass by Maturey landed in the hands of Coneys for an interception, and the Jaguars failed to score on a drive, forcing them to punt. A few plays later, Griffith found the end zone on an 11-yard rush for his fourth score of the game. At the end of the third, the Majors were up by 27 points to a scoreless Jaguar team.
The Jaguars weren’t scoreless for long, though. On the team’s next drive, Mejia, who would earn a team-high 85 rushing yards on eight carries by the end of the game, ran for a gain of 33 yards to put the Jaguars in scoring position. After a roughing the passer call against a Mount Vernon defender, the Jaguars were placed inside the red zone. Eck found junior Dieon Dupont for an eight-yard score to put the Jags on the board and earn his first career varsity touchdown.
Majors running back Griffith scored his fifth touchdown of the game, and ninth of the season, on the following possession, giving the Majors a season high of 34 points and putting them up by 28. The Jaguars pushed through; Eck found Dupont for a seven-yard score for the final 34-12 score.
The Jags will host the Washington-Lee High School Generals Friday. The Generals are 3-2 coming off of a blowout victory against the Wakefield High School Warriors.