Sterling, VA (August 31, 2015) – There was much to celebrate for the standing-room-only crowd of Park View Patriot fans who turned out on Friday for Park View’s first football game of the season, Park View Patriots vs. Manassas Park Cougars. In addition to watching Washington Redskins Team President Bruce Allen and Loudoun County officials commemorate Park View’s new turf field, the Patriots prevailed over the Cougars, 26 – 21 , the first Patriot victory in nearly two years!
It was a game of big plays, and the Patriot players, in spite of less total experience than the Cougars, posted some impressive numbers. QB Chase Jefferson carried the ball 23 times for a total of 273 yards, three touchdowns on runs of 67 yards, 72 yards, and 44 yards. TB Nikolai Hopkins carried the ball 22 times for a total of 120 yards and one touchdown. At the end of the day, the Patriot offense chalked up a total of 406 yards. Patriot Kicker, freshman Tony Lampe, put the icing on the cake with two PATs.
The Patriot defense, led by standouts CB Aaron Akuetteh, ILB Colin Mills, OLBs Bryan Guerra and Nikolai Hopkins, and NG Sydney Britt, were able to put the brakes on the Cougar offense and capitalize on Cougar mistakes for most of the game, with the exception of three big Cougar plays.
This first Patriot varsity game of 2015 and first victory, gives Head Coach Mick Mullins much to be proud of, much to work with, and much hope for the future. “I’m proud of the players, the coaches, the fans, and the whole community of Sterling, ” said Coach Mullins. ” It was a great night.”
By Marlene Barney
Special to Viva Loudoun