Late game heroics weren’t enough to keep George Mason High from falling to 0-4 on the season Friday with a 42-19 loss at home to Central Woodstock High.
The Mustangs were down 35-0 at the half after Woodstock unleashed a passing clinic on Mason’s secondary, scoring two of their five touchdowns through the air. Woodstock’s Head Coach Mike Yew said his team wasn’t afraid to throw the ball.
“It just seemed like the matchups they presented worked for us,” Yew said.
The Mustangs offense had its moments early in the game but never got going. Mason had an opportunity to score in the third quarter when they had fourth and goal just two feet from the end zone and couldn’t capitalize. Junior quarterback Grant Hagler tried to get outside tackle to pass the ball but was pressured by the Woodstock defense and forced to throw an ill advised pass.
Mason Head Coach Tony Green said his team has gone from a spread offense and now works out of a double wing set. The Mustangs have only worked out of the double wing offense for four practices and Green said it showed.
“We’re a young team,” Green said. “We thought we would establish a run game but it didn’t work.”
All of the Mustangs scoring came in the fourth quarter. Running back Dmontae Noble scooted 57-yards for a score and Hagler connected with receiver Alfonso Banks on a 43-yard touchdown before the quarterback scampered for a rushing score himself.
“I think we have to maintain focus and work,” said Mason senior offensive lineman James Hickey. “We’re going to make great strides.”
OTHER SCORES FROM FALLS CHURCH-AREA SCHOOLS
Edison High beat Falls Church High 33-27 in overtime; Langley High beat George Marshall High 58-8 and JEB Stuart was shut out 42-0 by Thomas Jefferson.