Every fan felt they got their money's worth. Unfortunately, the George Mason High School JV football team fell just a little short to Potomac by a score of 39-34 Tuesday night.
The GMHS offense gave the team every chance to win by scoring early and often, with a lineup consisting of quarterback Quinn Casteel and backs Tyler Hall, Yates Jordan and Jamal McLean. However, it was on the defensive side where Hall first made his mark.
Halfway through the second quarter, with Potomac up 11-7, Hall made an interception for Mustangs to set up a scoring drive that he would finish. A combination of McLean's strong running and a Jordan reception put a Casteel-Hall combination in synch for a 28-yard touchdown completion.
Another Mustang interception just before halftime, this time by Stephen Lubnow, allowed Casteel to score on a keeper.
However, Potomac answered in just a handful of plays on a nifty touchdown pass over the middle cut the GMHS lead to a slim 21-19 margin at the half.
Mason traded scores with Potomac in the third quarter, with a Yates Jordan 20-yard run accounting for the Mason TD and making the game 27-25. The Mustangs maintained momentum at the start of the fourth quarter with a dandy 62-yard hookup from Casteel to Hall to put the score at 34-25.
But Potomac was not done and scored two more times featuring good speed out of the backfield and a number of timely big pass plays to come from behind and post a final score of 39 – 34.
“We have a lot of guys who have not played the game before and are still learning our system,” said Mason Coach Andre Jackson. “It was the first game of the season for our guys and their first game under the lights and they did their best. But this game showed we have a lot to do on defense. With inexperience and enthusiasm, we also showed lack of discipline, particularly against Potomac's passing game.”
The Mason JV squad gets a chance to redeem itself this coming Tuesday in a home game against Flint Hill. Game time is 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.