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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Massaponax offense runs over Falls Church
After 48 minutes of watching Massaponax’s football team, Falls Church coach Said Aziz still had few answers for stopping the Panthers’ offense.
“They do such a good job with the precision they run that triple option,” said Aziz, a former Stafford assistant coach. “They’re going to be hard to stop. The only thing that can stop them is themselves and the weather.”
It sure appeared that way Friday.
The Panthers rolled to 498 rushing yards on 60 carries and routed Falls Church, 55–21, in the 5A–North quarterfinals.
Massaponax improved to 12–0 and will host North Stafford next Saturday at 2 p.m. The Panthers beat the Wolverines 23–17 in a regular-season overtime thriller on Oct. 25.
That’s the only time in the last five games Massaponax has been held under 40 points.
“We’re going to have to play a lot better than we did last time,” Massaponax coach Eric Ludden said.
Ludden couldn’t have the same complaints Friday, with the Panthers’ offense looking so sharp.
They started with a heavy dose of Javonte Latney, who carried four straight times on a game-opening drive he capped with an 8-yard touchdown.
Latney was complimented by quarterback Alphonzo Trice, who had a 78-yard run on the Panthers’ third possession to set up a second short scoring run by Latney.
And they mixed in A.J. Forbes, who scored with 5:41 left in the first half to make it 28–0 Massaponax.
“If one of us isn’t getting it done, someone else will,” Forbes said. “We’re a well-oiled machine right now.”
Latney finished with 144 yards on 21 carries. Trice had a game-high 155 on just 13 touches. And Forbes added 69 yards on 10 carries.
Many of those play calls were on Trice, Ludden said. The quarterback seemed to have a good handle on when to hand it to Latney, when to keep the ball and when to pitch to Forbes.
“Nothing comes easy,” Trice said. “But it helps when all three of us are a threat like that.”
Massaponax punted just once and faced a third down only three times in the first half, as it built a 35–7 lead at the break.
“We gave an assignment to each of our players and we just didn’t get it done,” Aziz said. “They’re a good team. They’re a state championship quality football team.”
To their credit, Falls Church (8–4) showed an explosive offense, too.
Jaguars quarterback Adam Daly was 26 for 38 for 290 yards. But many of his completions for for short gains, with Massaponax playing soft, content to limit good plays.
“When they spread you out like that, it’s hard to take away all the catches,” Ludden said. “The idea was we had to tackle in space, and we did a pretty good job at it.”
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