The Falls Church High School varsity football team lost a heartbreaker at home to Edison High School by a score of 33-27 in overtime last Friday, putting them at a season record of 1-3.
The Jaguars’ lone win came Sept. 14 against George C. Marshall High School, the week prior to their loss against the Edison Eagles, giving them their first victory in 19 games. A close back-and-forth game against the Eagles had many fans hoping for a winning streak, but a six-yard touchdown run by Edison running back Lonnie Edwards dashed those dreams.
Though the Jaguars fell short of victory, thrilling game play kept fans on their feet throughout the game. The excitement for the Jaguars came early in the game on a halfback pass from sophomore Will Mejia to junior John Grey for a 52-yard touchdown, putting the Jaguars down by one point after a failed extra point kick. The Eagles then went up by another touchdown, but the Jaguars did not roll over. On the following Edison possession, senior Deonte Wallace returned a blocked punt by junior Dieon Dupont for a one-yard touchdown. To tie the score, the Jaguars went for two, where quarterback Adam Daly found fellow junior Max Verhagen in the corner of the end zone. Going into the half, the score was tied at 14.
Early in the third quarter, Daly found Verhagen for a 61-yard pass play that was stopped two yards short of the end zone. A handoff to Mejia for the two-yard run gave the Jaguars a 20-14 lead, after a failed two-point conversion. The Eagles tied it up later in the quarter on a 23-yard run by quarterback Harrison Dandridge. With the score tied 20-20 going in to the fourth quarter, the stands at Paul Webber stadium were shaking from all the excitement felt by the Jaguars fans. Spurred on by the crowd’s enthusiasm, Mejia scored yet again with a 23-yard run, and then tallying his seventh point of the drive, he kicked the extra point successfully through the uprights. At this point the Jaguars were up 27-20 going into the later parts of the fourth quarter. The Jaguars’ defense, though, was unable to stop Dandridge as he found receiver Lasalle Mensah for a touchdown, which tied the game after the successful point-after kick.
The clock ran out with the two teams at 27 points apiece, sending them into overtime. The Jaguars took the first possession of overtime, but the Eagles’ defense forced a fumble on a run play by the Jaguars, which was recovered by an Edison defender. The Jaguar defenders were unable to stop Lonnie Edwards from scoring the touchdown to give the Eagles the 33-27 win.
The Jaguars will travel to Mount Vernon High School Friday to compete. Both teams have a 1-3 record this season, both posting their single victory against Marshall High.