There is something about the name Bulldogs that just seems to doom the Mustangs. For the second week in a row, the George Mason High School varsity football team squared off against an opponent with the nickname Bulldogs, and for the second week in a row, the Mustangs came away with a crushing loss.
One week after losing to non-district opponent Luray 21-12, the Mustangs looked to put on their glass slippers and upset region B rival Goochland, the No. 7 team in the state, on Friday.
After Mother Nature brought cloudy skies and tumultuous rain throughout the day, the skies cleared up just enough to allow the two teams to square off. Right from the opening kickoff, however, the Bulldogs proved their ranking to be no fluke, as junior D.J. Coles took the ball in from 26 yards out on Goochland’s opening drive to put them up 7-0.
Coles, who coming into this game had 359 yards on the year to go along with 10 touchdowns, torched the Mustang defense for 146 yards and three scores, all of which came in the first half. Coles’ third and final touchdown was an 83-yard jaunt up the right sideline, with the Mustang defenders unable to catch-up to the speedy back.
The Goochland defense, who came into this game allowing only 8.3 points per game, gave up just 172 total yards the entire night, while their offense, averaging 40.8 points a game, had an incredible 286 rushing yards on 23 carries, an average of 15.1 yards a carry.
To go alongside Coles’ monstrous night, junior running back John Austin-Hicks had two touchdowns, a 24-yard rush and a 20-yard pass from senior quarterback Brian Jordan. Senior back Colin Ellis also totaled 48 yards on the ground, including a 45-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
In just his second career start, junior quarterback Lonnie Millard had a tough night on the slippery turf, fumbling a snap and a handoff on the night. He also threw an interception on the final play of the game. Millard did show some flashes of pocket presence on the night, keeping cool under the Bulldogs pressure and firing strikes to the open receivers (many of which were called back on calls of pass interference).
The lone bright spot for the Mustangs was senior running back Eddie Huber, who ran the ball 23 times for 92 yards. Mustang coach Tom Horn showed his faith in the senior captain, placing Huber behind center for a drive, and allowing him to carry the ball more than the rest of the team combined.
Also contributing to the rushing attack for Mason were sophomores Antoneo Folks with eight carries for 17 yards, John Mann, with 10 carries for 34 yards, and his brother Charlie Mann, who rushed three times for 20 yards.
The Bulldogs improve to 5-0 on the season, while the Mustangs fall to 1-4. Mason will open their Bull Run District schedule on Friday against the 4-1 Madison County, the No. 5 team in the state according to the Single A poll. The homecoming game for Mason will kick off at 7:30 p.m.