Ashburn, Va (September 10, 2014) – Coming off of their impressive 53 – 9 drubbing of Booker T. Washington last week to open up the 2014 season, Broad Run Head Coach Matt Griffis set some lofty goals for his units on both sides of the ball, as well as special teams, this week against a Titan team that was coming off of their best season in school history in 2013. Some goals were met, some were not, but the end result was a solid 30-6 win against the Dominion Titans this week in Sterling.
Sam Sergi set the tempo early for the Spartans, as his opening kickoff sailed into the end zone for a touchback. The senior, making his debut for the 2014 season, would go on to boom all of his kickoffs on the night into the end zone, forcing the Titans to consistantly have to start their drives from their own 20 yard line.
Dominion was having some early success moving the ball on their first drive, but on 3rd and 4 from the Dominion 36, junior Matt Meier made the first of his many bone-jarring hits on the night, forcing the Titans to punt.
The teams punted back and fourth until there was 5:44 left in the first quarter. Right after quarterback Brady Reitzel picked up a big first down on 3rd and inches, the senior dropped back and found junior Jaleel Robinson wide open in the left corner of the end zone, and Broad Run took a lead that they would not give up.
Following another Sergi touchback, Meier immediately made his second impact tackle in as many plays, causing a fumble that was scooped up by senior Willie Smallwood. On the next play, hard running tailback Jashawn Banks found a seam up the middle from the Dominion 14, and the Spartans found themselves up 14-0, scoring their two touchdowns just 11 seconds apart.
Another defensive stop gave the Spartans the ball once again, and Banks scored on the first offensive play of the drive, this time running in untouched from 19 yards out.
Finding themselves down 21-0, Dominion was forced to throw the ball, and found some success through the air. Junior transfer quarterback Scotty Forbes, who was practicing with the Briar Woods Falcons until just a couple of weeks ago, found Clemson recruit Chad Smith wide open for a 44 yard gain, down to the Spartan 4 yard line. The Titans picked up three yards on first down, but on 2nd and goal from the one yard line, senior Alex West came hard off the edge and recovered a Forbes fumble on a low snap.
The Dominion defense made a few plays of its’ own, forcing a couple of Reitzel punts. The Titans found themselves back deep in Spartan territory, but Fobres couldn’t get the ball to tight end Smith on a couple of passes in the end zone, and the half came to an end.
Smallwood, who stands about 5’6 but plays much taller, took the second half kickoff all the way back to the Titan 48. The Spartans got down to the Titan 26, but instead of going for it on 4th and 2, Griffis called on his senior kicker. Sergi’s 43 yard field goal attempt was good, and the Spartan lead was now 24-0.
After the kickoff, Forbes again turned to his senior tight end, and Smith found an open lane and rambled for 47 yards. Smallwood saved a touchdown by catching Smith from behind. Matt Meir’s personal highlight show continued as he made a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on 2nd and 7, and then recovered another Forbes fumble on the very next play.
With the ball back in his hands, Reitzel found senior Alex Galloway open for a 40 yard completion, but the gain was wiped out by a holding penalty. Reitzel again turned to Galloway, but this time, the pass slipped through his fingertips for a Titans interception.
Forbes threw to junior wide receiver Derrrick Kouame for a couple of receptions totalling 32 yards. Forbes then found Taliek Washington in the flat on 2nd and goal, and the Titans were finally on the board. There was no more scoring in the 3rd quarter, but early in the 4th, Reitzel found some running room behind his offensive line, and picked up 30 yards on two keepers. Smallwood, spelling Banks at tailback, completed the nights’s scorong when he found the end zone from ten yards out.
Seniors Will Yancey and Shane Faett led the offensive line in opening up some huge lanes for Reitzel, Banks, and Smallwood. The Spartans rambled for almost 250 yards rushing on the night.
Dominion hung tough on this hot and humid night, and showed that they have a bright future, with underclassman at many of the skill postions. Forbes in particular gave the Spartans all they could handle, buying time with his feet and extending plays despite being under constant pressure from the Spartan defensive front.
Coach Griffis and his Spartans seek to go to 3-0 when they host the Heritage Pride next Friday at 7:00. The Titans are also at home next Friday, hosting Freedom-South Riding.
By Frank Gorey