After its first loss, G.W. football bounces back


It’s not easy to com­mit 16 pen­al­ties and have two field goals blocked yet still man­age to win a foot­ball game by more than three touch­downs. But some­how, that is what George Wash­ing­ton High School man­aged to do on Fri­day against Samuel Fels.

It was as ugly as a blo­wout win can be, but in the end Wash­ing­ton still emerged as 22-0 win­ners over the strug­gling Pan­thers.

Fels (1-6, 1-3) came in­to the game with con­fid­ence, com­ing off a 20-18 win over Ger­man­town the pre­vi­ous week, its first win of the 2012 sea­son. Wash­ing­ton (6-1, 3-1) on the oth­er hand, was com­ing off their first loss of the sea­son, a dis­ap­point­ing 25-14 de­feat at Frank­ford that pro­pelled the Pi­on­eers in­to first place in the Pub­lic League AAAA Gold Di­vi­sion.

Against Fels, Wash­ing­ton used three quar­ter­backs in the game while mak­ing their usu­al switch from seni­or Dave Gav­rilov to seni­or Al Au­gustine at half­time; however, Wash­ing­ton also gave young ju­ni­or quar­ter­back John San­tos a shot late in the game. Neither of Wash­ing­ton’s two seni­or sig­nal callers played par­tic­u­larly well, and with 8:35 re­main­ing and Wash­ing­ton lead­ing 15-0, San­tos got a chance to show what he can do.

San­tos made the most of it, go­ing 2-for-2 for 34 yards, in­clud­ing a 20-yard touch­down strike to seni­or wide re­ceiv­er/corner back Rene Vil­la­fane, to make it 22-0 on San­tos’ first drive of the game. Vil­la­fane, who led the Eagles in re­ceiv­ing with five catches for 98 yards and that fourth quarter touch­down grab from San­tos, had a su­perb game de­fens­ively as well. Vil­la­fane was all over the field on de­fense, mak­ing sure he was al­ways around the ball and in­volved in seem­ingly every single play.

The Eagles’ bread and but­ter is their ver­sat­ile ground at­tack, and al­though they did not util­ize it as much as they prob­ably wanted to against the Pan­thers, Wash­ing­ton fin­ished the game with 136 yards on the ground on 36 car­ries. The Eagles’ lead­ing rush­er was seni­or Mar­quis Ed­wards, who car­ried 14 times for 94 yards. He now leads the Eagles with 314 rush­ing yards on the sea­son. Seni­or full back Alex Rivera, Wash­ing­ton’s change of pace, short-yard­age back, had 6 car­ries for 23 yards and two touch­downs.

De­fens­ively, des­pite com­mit­ting so many pen­al­ties, Wash­ing­ton held Fels to only 83 yards of total of­fense. As usu­al, lead­ing the way was 6-foot-3, 270-pound seni­or de­fens­ive line­man Justin Moody, who had two sacks and a forced fumble. Wash­ing­ton plans to hon­or Moody, a de­fens­ive All-Amer­ic­an, at a Fri­day af­ter­noon ce­re­mony at the school.

The Eagles’ strong spe­cial teams unit was at it again last Fri­day, as Jake Wright drilled a 47-yard field goal des­pite get­ting hit by a Fels de­fend­er. A run­ning-in­to-the-kick­er pen­alty was called, giv­ing Wash­ing­ton a first-down, and nul­li­fy­ing Wright’s ex­tremely im­press­ive field goal. (To put it in­to per­spect­ive, 47 yards is a chal­len­ging dis­tance for NFL kick­ers.) 

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