By Alex Moore
The George Mason High School varsity football team rewarded the crowd in their home debut, riding a big first half from their offense and a solid defensive effort to a 28-15 victory on last Friday.
Mason has now won both of its games this season, while Sidwell Friends fell to 0-1.
Home fans didn’t have to wait long in this high school football game for something to cheer about. On the opening drive, Mason senior quarterback Thomas Creed connected with sophomore running back Michael Turner on a play-action pass down the left sideline for a 68-yard touchdown. Next, Sidwell Friends lost a costly fumble in its own territory and Mustang senior running back Finn Roou scored on an eight-yard carry only four plays later, expanding the lead to 14-0.
However, the gap started to close on Sidwell Friends’ next drive. The offense pushed down the field with a trick play, which had the quarterback throw a backwards pass to the running back, who then completed a pass to a receiver downfield. This put the offense in the red zone, setting up a nine-yard quarterback run that brought the score 14-7.
The game wouldn’t stay close for long, though. After getting the ball back, the Mustangs called run on consecutive plays and the drive turned out to be a body blow for both teams. By the time Mustang junior running back Jack Felgar scored his own touchdown to extend the George Mason lead to 14 points, both teams looked exhausted.
From here, neither team had much luck building any offensive momentum for a long time. Fans had to wait until the beginning of the fourth quarter to see another touchdown, which Roou scored on a three-yard carry.
With the score at 28-7, the game appeared decided, but the Quaker offense found energy to mount a valiant comeback effort.
Late in the fourth quarter, Sidwell Friends connected on a touchdown on a pass to the back-right of the end zone and scored a two-point conversion, bringing the score to 28-15. Then the Quakers recovered an onside kick to get the ball back, but failed to hit paydirt on what proved to be their final drive
After the game, Mustang head coach Adam Amerine expressed confidence in his team, but also saw room for improvement, as he knows the 2-0 start from last year preceded a drop off. “I love the way we started,” he said, “but next time I expect us to perform that way for the whole 48 minutes.”