JUN. 20, 2011- RIVALS.COM

Skill positions dominate class of 2012

Shawn Brown

While there was not as large of a turnout for the class of 2012 as there was for the underclassmen athletes at the Delaware NUC, there were still a number of quality performances turned in at Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian Academy earlier this month.

Running back Quincey Lowery (5-6, 160) from Wilmington (Del.) A.I. Dupont earned the combine king title running a 4.59 40 yard dash, a 4.43 shuttle, 9-8 broad jump and 31 inch vertical.

Jordan Imeokparia of Newark (Del.) High ran the fastest 40 yard dash at 4.57, barely beating Lowery to earn the title of fastest man while showing great coverage skills at cornerback. The defensive back MVP was Matt Szczecinski (5-8, 168) from Wilmington (Del.) Salesianum. Szczecinski who ran an impressive 4.34 shuttle to go along with a 30 inch vertical was lights-out in coverage all day, which was evident in the 1 on 1's, diving multiple times to break up passes.

Lastly at linebacker, Austin Browne (5-10, 248) of Yorktown (Va.) High was very physical with the running backs, also showing surprising athleticism in coverage while Salesianum's Alex Urban (6-0, 210) had a solid performance.



Yorktown Goes 10-1, Wins Passing League Title

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer


With a 10-1 record, including a victory over James Wood of Winchester in the championship game, the Yorktown Patriots won the recent passing-league championship at a 35-team high school tournament at the University of Virginia.Yorktown was 3-0 in the playoffs and 6-1 in bracket play.


In the playoffs, the Yorktown varsity defeated Gar-Field in the first round on a walkoff touchdown pass from Jordan Smith to Nick Yore, then downed Woodbridge in the semifinals. Yorktown’s only loss was to Stone Bridge during the bracket play portion of the competition.

“The passing league is more important for us now since we switched to a spread offense a couple of years ago and are passing more,” said Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson, who watched the action from the stands. “In these [summer] games we are able to run the same plays as during the regular season in the fall.”

In addition to Yore, Micah Gregory and
Austin Browne were a couple of Yorktown’s other top receivers in the summer competition. Becky Bonzano coached the team.The Yorktown team might play in another passing tournament in Delaware on July 23. It played in a couple of others, with mixed success, prior to the one at Virginia.



Yorktown Focuses on Repeating as District Champs
Patriots remember postseason loss to W-L in 2010.

By Jon Roetman

Head coach Bruce Hanson said losing to W-L for the first time during his nearly-three-decade tenure as leader of the Patriots was tough, but the team takes pride in its 2010 accomplishments. Hanson even showed a sense of humor toward the defeat, saying he no longer had to worry about others talking about his flawless record against the Generals.

Yorktown lost to W-L for the first time in 28 years last season, making for a sour end to an otherwise successful campaign. The Patriots went 9-1 during the regular season — including a 14-0 win over W-L — and captured the National District championship before falling short in the playoffs. While the Patriots would enjoy getting back at the Generals, Yorktown’s primary focuses are repeating as district champions and competing at the regional level.

"Certainly, that loss was a tough loss for us to take," Hanson said. "I think our kids won’t take W-L lightly ever again. … [The Generals] played really well that day and we didn’t play very good. They deserved to beat us.

"We still take great pride that we were district champs and beat them for the Arlington County championship. They stuck it to us in that playoff game, there’s no doubt about it, but we’re not going to cry over that. We’re going to try to win the district again and try to beat W-L again when we play them."

Leading the way for Yorktown is Smith (5 feet 7, 140 pounds), who enters his third year playing quarterback on the varsity level. 
Fullback Austin Browne (senior, 5-11, 230), running backs Josh Bunche (senior, 5-6, 175) and Micah Gregory (junior, 5-10, 155) and Bishop O’Connell transfer Marvin Stewart (sophomore, 5-11, 160) are playmaking candidates for the Patriots.



Football Preview: Yorktown Patriots

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer


With a number of key players returning from last season’s National District championship team, and the addition of some talented newcomers, the Yorktown Patriots have the strong potential to defend their title this fall. The Patriots were 9-2 overall last season and 7-0 in district play. Over a two-season stretch, Yorktown has won 11 straight regular-season district games.

In the Patriots’ running set, two of Yorktown’s top running backs will be transfers Marvin Stewart, a sophomore from Bishop O’Connell, and Louie Green, a senior from Wakefield. Senior Austin Brown is another top running back.

On defense, Yorktown is small, but with a talented secondary, according to Hanson, solid linebackers and some questions on the line. The top linebackers are Josh Bunche,
Browne, Donnelly and Rockelli. Anchoring the defensive line are Snider, White and Colin Johnson.



Yorktown Wins Big in Football Opener, Wakefield Loses

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

For the seventh straight year now, the Yorktown Patriots have opened their season the same way - with a victory over the Woodrow Wilson Tigers (1-1) from Washington, D.C. The latest win came last night when Yorktown won in a rout, 48-13, as sophomore transfer Marvin Stewart led the way in a variety of manners.

Patriots’ running back
Austin Browne had 107 yards rushing and scored on a 38-yard run, and Da’Jhaun Short scored on a six-yard run. Yorktown senior quarterback Jordan Smith completed 5 of 11 passes for 93 yards and he ran for a pair of touchdowns on short runs of four and one yard.



Yorktown Blanks Wakefield in Football

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

The outcome was so lopsided and the contest non-competitive that the winning coach didn’t quite know how to evaluate the result. “It’s always good to get all of your players into a game,” said Yorktown Patriots coach Bruce Hanson, after his team (2-0) routed the visiting Wakefield Warriors, 68-0, last night in a National District showdown.

The Patriots led, 21-0, with 4:29 left in the first quarter, were ahead 28-0 after one period and were up 55-0 at halftime. Yorktown’s final two first-half touchdowns came with second stringers. “They gave us such a short field all night, we were always in position to score,” Hanson said.

Also for Yorktown, Austin Browne and Louie Green had scoring runs of 23 and 13 yards, respectively, Green added an 87-yard kickoff return for a TD and a recovered a fumble in the end zone, Andy Rockelli recovered John Yoest’s blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown, William Roebuck ran eight yards for a score, Mason Hitt booted seven extra points and Philip Greco one.

On defense for Yorktown, Josh Bunche, Colin Johnston and Browne were among the players who had sacks. Browne added an interception that he returned 32 yards.



Patriots, Hanson Reach Milestones

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

Milestones of significant and noteworthy importance were achieved last night by the Yorktown Patriots and their longtime head coach Bruce Hanson. In Yorktown’s 41-7 blowout over the host Herndon Hornets in a non-district high school game, Hanson won his 200th career contest. He is the first coach of Northern Region teams to reach that milestone.

For Yorktown, the victory over Herndon (1-2) was the first for the undefeated Patriots (3-0, 1-0) over a Concorde District team since the league was started in 1994. “No, no, come on man, I never thought that would happen,” Hanson said after winning No. 200. “You don’t even think about that when you start coaching.” Hanson has coached Yorktown for 27 seasons. His only other head coaching job was from 1974 to 1979 as the Wakefield Warriors coach. Hanson’s career record is 200-140-2. He has won 170 games at Yorktown.


In the win over Herndon, the Patriots dominated from the outset, led 34-7 at halftime, and amassed 553 total yards and 23 first downs. Of the total yards, 401 were rushing yards. After three games, Yorktown has outscored its opponents, 157-20. Hanson and the Patriots were expecting a bigger test against Herndon. But for the third straight game, the starters played only the first half, as the offense and defense dominated from the start.


Also, Austin Browne had 77 yards rushing, including a 69-yard run, and had one catch for 28 yards; Micah Gregory had three catches for 23 yard; Nick Yore one for 24 and Mason Hitt kicked six extra points. Yorktown did not turn the ball over.



Stewart, Browne team up to lead Yorktown

No one was perhaps more upset with running back M.J. Stewart’s decision to attend O’Connell last year than Yorktown senior Austin Browne. Both players had grown up together in the same Arlington neighborhood and in elementary school would get together to play backyard football.

So, of course, Browne was just as thrilled when Stewart decided to attend Yorktown this season. Both are runners — Browne a fullback and Stewart a tailback — and together they formed a potent duo on Friday night to defeat Hayfield, 21-0, in Arlington.

“I’ve been trying to get him while he was at O’Connell, trying to get him here,” said Browne, who finished with 88 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. “He lives in my neighborhood so I’ve been trying to hassle him for about a year now and I guess it worked.”

Stewart attended O’Connell as a freshman because he wanted to play against the top teams in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. And last year, Stewart rose to the occasion, starting at running back as a freshman and totaling 452 yards and three touchdowns.

But Stewart couldn’t fight the itch to play with his neighborhood friends and under longtime Yorktown Coach Bruce Hanson, whose team claimed the Virginia AAA National District title last year. So he enrolled in the school and joined the team. And so far, it’s been a dazzling start.

“We haven’t had a runner like him in five years,” Hanson said.

Added the 6-foot, 240-pound Browne: “I love it just because we had great backs but every back was more like me. And this year, it just brought a whole new element.”


Football Roundup

Patriots Shut Down the Hawks

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

With a 21-0 victory over the visiting Hayfield Hawks last night, the Yorktown Patriots (4-0, 2-0) cleared a big hurdle in their attempt to successfully defend the team’s National District championship. The reason is because Hayfield and Yorktown are regarded as the district’s top high school teams. So with a win over Hayfield (3-1, 1-1) now accomplished, the Patriots will be the favorites to win their remaining five district contests.

“It’s a big and a good win for sure,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. “We stuck in there tonight and our defense was just stifling. Our defense is a lot better than I thought it would be.” Yorktown’s defense held Hayfield to just 99 total yards, of which only eight were passing. 

Yorktown led 7-0 at halftime by virtue of a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jordan Smith and Colin Hitt’s extra points. In the third period Yorktown scored its other TDs on a 10-yard run by Marvin Stewart (91 yards rushing) and a 42-yard run by Austin Browne (65 yards rushing).



Patriots Stay Undefeated With Win


By DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

With a big game from running back Marvin Stewart, the Yorktown Patriots remained undefeated with a 40-26 win over the host Stuart Raiders last night. Yorktown (5-0) is tied for first in the National District with a 2-0 record with Edison and Mount Vernon. Stuart is 2-3, 0-2.

Austin Browne had 44 yards rushing for Yorktown and quarterback Jordan Smith had 15 yards rushing and completed 9 of 20 passes for 98 yards and one TD. The Patriots had 379 yards rushing and 22 first downs.



Yorktown Wins Big at Edison


by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

Yorktown won the National District high school contest by a 42-20 score last night to improve to 6-0 overall and remain atop league standings with a 4-0 mark. The Mount Vernon Majors (4-2) are the only other undefeated district team at 3-0.

The Patriots led Edison (2-4, 2-1) throughout. They were ahead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, 14-7 at halftime and 35-7 after three periods. Running backs Austin Browne and Allen Green had 55 and 45 yards rushing, respectively, for the Patriots and each scored a touchdown. 



Patriots Blank Saxons, No. 7-0

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

It was homecoming at Langley High School last night and Austin Browne was deserving of wearing the king’s crown. The overall performance of the Yorktown Patriots’ senior was that impressive as he helped lead his undefeated team (7-0) to a 21-0 non-district victory over the host Saxons (3-4).

On offense, the fullback scored all three touchdowns on runs of four yards and one yard, and on a 17-yard screen pass from Jordan Smith. Browne finished with 39 yards rushing and caught three passes for 32 yards.

On defense, the linebacker was a stalwart with two sacks and another tackle for a loss. He also suffered from a few leg cramps, but continued to play.

Browne’s work load increased a bit on offense when leading rusher Marvin Stewart (56 yards rushing) left the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return. Before leaving, Stewart passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark this fall. 


In his absence, Browne and Allen Green (108 yards, 11 carries) picked up the slack. “We wanted to pound the ball running and I wanted them to lean on me and ride on my back,” Browne said. “We responded well when M.J. [Stewart] went out. We kept running the ball hard.”

Yorktown finished with 247 yards rushing and 310 total yards. Two interceptions and 65 yards in penalties slowed the offense a bit. Micah Gregory had three catches for 31 yards for Yorktown and Smith, hobbled by a sore ankle, rushed for 41 yards and completed 6 of 11 passes for 63 yards.

Yorktown led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, 14-0 at halftime and scored it final touchdown in the fourth period.

A key moment in the contest came during the game’s opening possession when Langley ran the ball behind its big offensive line into Yorktown territory. On fourth and five from the Yorktown 22-yard line, the Patriots’ Bobby Fottrell stuffed his second consecutive running play for no gain, giving Yorktown possession.

The Patriots then drove 78 yards in 14 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Browne’s one-yard run and Mason Hitt’s first of three extra points. “That was a big stop there and they couldn’t maintain their running game after that,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said about the fourth-down stop.


“On defense we like to think we bend but we don’t break,” Browne said in regard to Yorktown’s third shutout this fall. Added Hanson: “With M.J. out, Green stepped up, Browne ran hard up in there inside and the offensive line blocked.

NOTE: The 7-0 start is the best for Yorktown in the 27 years Hanson has coached the team.



Yorktown Wins Big in District Game


by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

With a 55-6 home rout over the winless Falls Church Jaguars last night in National District action, the Yorktown Patriots (8-0, 5-0) moved within two games of completing their first 10-0 regular season under longtime head coach Bruce Hanson. Yorktown can complete that perfect high school campaign with victories over Mount Vernon and Washington-Lee in its final two games.

Against Fall Church, Marcus Stewart led the way with a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown an a 40-yard punt return for a score. He also rushed for 49 yards and one TD. Also for Yorktown, Austin Browne had 65 yards rushing and a touchdown, Allen Green ran for 31 yards and a score, Josh Bunche had a three-yard scoring run and Mason Hitt kicked seven extra points.

Yorktown led, 41-6, at halftime and had 320 total yards. The regular-season district win was Yorktown’s 16th in a row over a three-year period. The Patriots won the district crown with a 7-0 record last fall.



Patriots Improve to 9-0 Overall


by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

One more win and the Yorktown Patriots will complete a perfect 10-0 regular season for the first time during head coach Bruce Hanson’s 27-year tenure as the football team’s coach – maybe the first time ever. The Patriots improved to 9-0 (6-0 in National District play) last night in Alexandria, with a 29-6 victory over the Mount Vernon Majors (4-5, 3-3). Yorktown won big despite five turnovers in wet playing conditions in the high school game.

Yorktown can complete a 10-0 regular season with a victory over the Washington-Lee Generals (2-7, 2-4) next Friday night at home. School officials believe, but are not completely certain, that no Yorktown football team ever before has been undefeated in regular-season play. No matter what happens against W-L, Yorktown will move on to the Northern Region Division 5 playoffs, where the Patriots will be the number-one or number-two seed.

In its win over Mount Vernon, Yorktown running back Marvin Stewart was the standout, rushing for 75 yards on 12 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Austin Browne also had a big night for Yorktown. The fullback rushed for 123 yards on 13 carries, and caught three passes for 87 yards. 



 Patriots Perfect in Regular Season

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

They did it – a perfect 10-0 season. For what is thought to be the first time in school history, the Yorktown Patriots ran the table by going 10-0 in the regular season. The clean slate was accomplished Nov. 4 with a 55-33 victory over the visiting Washington-Lee Generals, who put a scare in the Patriots, rallying from a 20-0 first-quarter deficit to tie the game at 33 in the second half.

Bruce Hanson, who has coached the Patriots for 27 seasons, had compiled three previous 9-1 records, but never a 10- mark. “We were excited to have that chance to go 10-0,” said Hanson, who won his 200th career game earlier this fall. “It’s funny. We’ve had a lot of good seasons at Yorktown, but I’ve had more congratulations on our season this year than ever before. Even when we were just 5-0, I was getting comments.”

The victory over W-L (2-8, 2-5) also accomplished a couple of other things for Yorktown. First, it gave the Patriots their second straight 7-0 league record and championship in the National District and ran their district winning streak to a record-tying 18 games. Second, Yorktown has now won 16 straight unofficial county championships.

In the win over W-L, a three-hour game that included nearly 300 yards in penalties, many being personal fouls, Yorktown built that 20-0 lead, then was ahead, 20-7, at halftime.

After the Generals rallied for the tie at 33, the Patriots scored the game’s final three touchdowns to cap the perfect season. Yorktown had 502 total yards and 23 first downs and Washington-Lee 294 yards and 16 first downs, but only 29 yards were rushing.

Austin Browne rushed for 101 yards and ran for three Yorktown touchdowns, Marvin Stewart (two catches, 62 yards) ran for 159 yards and two scores, and quarterback Jordan Smith had 72 yards rushing and a TD for the Patriots. Smith completed 9 of 16 passes for 159 yards. 



Patriots Win Playoff Opener

Yorktown Builds 20-0 Halftime Lead, Then Holds on in Second Half

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

Using their superior speed on offense, the No. 2 seed and host Yorktown Patriots built a big 20-0 first-half lead over the No. 7 seed McLean Highlanders in last night’s first-round game of the Northern Region Division 5 playoffs.

Then, in the second half, when McLean adjusted its defense and began moving the ball on offense, undefeated Yorktown (11-0) struggled, but managed to survive and advance with a 20-6 victory in the high school clash.

The win snapped Yorktown’s string of six straight playoff losses dating back to 2003.

“We won a playoff game, that’s the big thing,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. Next up for Yorktown is a semifinal contest against the No. 6 seed Lee Lancers (7-4) at Yorktown on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. In the first half we had our way with them,” Hanson said in regard to McLean (6-5). “But they played better in the second half and we had too many three-and-outs.”

Yorktown’s offense was led by Stewart with 123 yards rushing and one catch for 34 yards to set up a touchdown. Smith rushed for 72 yards and completed 7 of 9 passes for 106 yards. Yorktown’s Allen Green had 90 yards rushing, fullback Austin Browne caught two passes for 30 yards and rushed for 13, and Donnelly had two catches for 24 yards.

NOTE: Prior to the win over McLean, Yorktown last won a playoff game in 2003 over W.T. Woodson in the first round.



Yorktown Advances to Region Final

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

Next up for the undefeated Yorktown Patriots is the Northern Region Division 5 championship game.

The No. 2 seed Patriots (12-0) play the No. 4 seed South County Stallions (9-3) in that high school contest in Arlington on Friday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Yorktown reached the region final by routing the No. 6 seed Lee Lancers, 51-15, in a semifinal Nov. 18 in Arlington. The Patriots last played in the region final in 2003, when they lost to the Madison Warhawks. Yorktown last won the region in 1999.

“We have South County at home on our fast [artificial] turf. I think that is an advantage for us,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. In the semifinal against Lee (7-5), the Lancers won the coin toss, but deferred, giving Yorktown the ball first. The Patriots immediately took advantage and capitalized on Lee’s strategy when Marvin Stewart (135 yards rushing) capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 29-yard scoring run. Mason Hitt added the extra point, and Yorktown took a 7-0 lead that the Patriots would only quickly increase.

Yorktown led, 14-0, at the end of the first quarter and had 204 total yards in that period. The Patriots were in front and firmly in control, 28-0, in the second quarter. By the end of the third period, the Patriots led 51-8. “Our offensive line played great, I was passing the ball better tonight than I have been, and we got the ball to our athletes,” Yorktown quarterback Jordan Smith said. “We played our game.”

On defense, Lee had no answer for Yorktown’s offense. The Patriots moved the ball all night and amassed 463 total yards, which included 335 rushing. “We used a lot of power running tonight and our coaches had great schemes,” said Yorktown running back Austin Browne, who had 77 yards rushing, scored touchdowns on runs of six and 12 yards and caught two passes for 40 yards.

Yorktown’s Allen Green rushed for 62 yards and Smith ran for 43 and completed 6 of 14 passes for 128 yards, including a 28-yard scoring pass to Nick Yore. Smith also ran for a TD. Stewart scored Yorktown’s other touchdowns on short runs and had two catches for 31 yards. Hitt kicked seven extra points and Yorktown recorded a safety.

“We had good balance,” Yorktown assistant coach Mike Geter said.

Lee had 243 total yards, but did not produce any big plays. The Lancers were limited on offense after starting quarterback Quintee Diggins was injured late in the second quarter and did not return.

“I knew our defense would play a good game,” Browne said. “We wanted to limit their big plays and we did.”

Said Hanson: “Our defensive coaches came up with a good plan and the players implemented that.”

On defense for Yorktown against Lee, Micah Gregory and Tyler Donnelly (30-yard return) had interceptions, Brian Owens had two sacks and Josh Bunche had two tackles for losses. Against South County, Yorktown will face a team that has won nine straight games, including a 25-3 semifinal road win over No. 1 seed and defending champion Stone Bridge (10-2). “They are a hot team right now,” Browne said.

NOTE: The Patriots have won two region championships during Hanson’s 27-year tenure as head coach – in 1999 and 1988. Yorktown finished with 9-4 records both years.






Football Preview: Yorktown Should Be a Contender

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

What might be the best thing about the Yorktown Patriots this coming season is the high school team has a good deal of versatility and depth at many different positions. As a result, veteran Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson says there is excitement about his team in regard to making a serious run to win the National District championship this fall.

Some of the Patriots’ top players for the team’s second-year spread offense are senior running back Khalil Doles; junior quarterback Jordan Smith; junior brothers Kevin and Kyle Bailey at running back or wide receiver; senior?? wide receivers David Bernhardt and Devin Gaby; junior running back
Austin Browne; senior linemen Gunther Poth, James Krech, John Todd, Mark Karua; and junior linemen Nick White and Charles Whelden.

Many of those players on offense also will play on defense, like Rogers, Smith, Gregory, senior James Pope and the Baileys in the secondary; Krech, White, and junior Mason Snider on the line; and
Browne, Poth, Bernhardt, juniors Tyler Donnelly and Josh Bunch and senior Maliek Wilson at linebackers.



Yorktown Comes Back to Beat Hayfield


Yorktown had one of their biggest wins in years coming from behind to beat the Hayfield Hawks tonight 17-16 at Hayfield. Yorktown left the half behind 16-0 and came out the second half and scored 17 unanswered points to win the game. The defense buckled down and stopped Hayfield on their opening drive of the second half. Yorktown’s first score was set up in the third quarter by a long pass from Jordan Smith to David Bernhardt with Tony Francis following up with the rushing touchdown.

Later in the fourth quarter coach Hanson turned to his senior placekicker, Mike Dola, who responded with an amazing 51 yard field goal to take the Pats within 6 points of the Hawks. Yorktown’s next possession and score was set up by key runs by Zach Greene and Austin Browne. In one of the most exciting Yorktown finishes ever, Smith threw a fourth and long into the end zone hitting Andy Rockelli for 6 points followed by the crucial point after by Dola.

On Hayfield’s ensuing possession, Kevin Bailey put the icing on the cake with an interception with less than 3 minutes to play. The Patriots then whittled down the clock to close the game as the players rushed onto the field.


Wakefield Wins First, Yorktown Wins Fifth

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

The Wakefield Warriors got their first win, the Yorktown Patriots won for the fifth time this fall, and the Washington-Lee Generals had their three-game winning streak snapped in high school football action last night. For Yorktown (5-1, 3-0), Michael Dola kicked three field goals, the longest from 46 yards, and Khalil Doles had a 43-yard scoring run to lead the Patriots, who led 16-0 at halftime in their 30-0 win over the visiting Edison Eagles.
With the win, Yorktown is now in sole possession of first place in the National District. On defense, Austin Browne, Michael Rogers and Kyle Bailey had interceptions for the Patriots.



Powered by an offensive line that opened holes and protected the QB, Yorktown improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district play by beating Edison 30-0 snapping a 5-year losing streak in a big way. The defense was nearly flawless in stopping drives, making sacks, and coverage.  All season Yorktown’s defense has been stingy in giving up points and tonight they performed excellently.

The first score was set up by a fumble recovery by Austin Browne and an outstanding run by Zach Green and capped off with a 1-yd touchdown run by Kahlil Doles in the first quarter. While the Patriots moved the ball well, four drives stalled during the game, but three of which were converted into field goals by Mike Dola, the longest of which was 46 yards. He was perfect in PAT’s and 3-4 from the field.

Nice runs were made by Austin Browne, Tony Francis, and Micah Gregory and pass completions by Andy Rockelli, David Bernhardt, Mike Rogers, and Kyle Bailey.  Devon Gaby had a key fumble recovery to keep the first quarter drive alive.   Mike Rogers, Kevin Bailey and Austin Browne all chalked up interceptions.



Another shutout for Yorktown's defense

By James Wagner

Entering the game, Stuart looked poised to cause Yorktown trouble with some of its athletic playmakers such as running back Chris Kirby and quarterback Javonte Robinson. But Yorktown linebacker Austin Browne had another feeling. "We knew we could get to them," he said. "We knew they had tons of athletes on their team. They have a lot of big-play guys who look to the next level and not what's in front of them. So we got to the ball real easy."

Browne forced two fumbles and recovered three. His biggest came in the second quarter with Yorktown leading, 10-0. The Raiders had marched 68 yards on seven plays to the Yorktown 7-yard line. But Yorktown linebacker Josh Bunche, who also finished with an interception, hit a running back's hands. Browne then stripped and recovered the ball, swinging the momentum back to Yorktown.

That was one of four Stuart first-half fumbles. Stuart's first two drives lasted one play each with Kirby, who had run for 270 yards in the past two weeks, fumbling the ball twice. And when Kirby did run, Yorktown defenders quickly wrapped him up, holding him to no yards in the first half and 34 yards on 13 carries for the game.



Yorktown Remains in Sole Possession of First

by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer

The Stuart Raiders’ quest for a 2010 sweep against their three National District rivals from Arlington County was ruined by the Yorktown Patriots. Yorktown (6-1) blanked visiting Stuart last night, 24-0, to remain undefeated and firmly on top in the district with a 4-0 record.


Stuart, which blew out both Washington-Lee and Wakefield of Arlington in its previous two high school games, fell to 3-4, 2-2. The Raiders last swept Arlington’s three teams in the same season way back in 1995, Stuart’s last winning season. That year was also the last time Yorktown lost to Stuart. The Raiders are an improved team this fall, and that got the attention of Yorktown head coach Bruce Hanson.

In last night’s game, however, the Raiders could not overcome six turnovers (four lost fumbles) and a stingy Yorktown defense that allowed only 62 yards rushing and 190 total yards. The shutout was Yorktown’s second straight. “Our defense has been playing so well and continues to get better,” Hanson said. “Our linebackers were making plays. They get around the ball so well and we have hitters. Tonight we made a fast team look slow. They couldn’t run the ball.”

Stuart fumbled on its first two plays. David Bernhardt, the night’s homecoming king, recovered the second of those fumbles and returned the ball seven yards to the Stuart 3 yard line. Two plays later, Khalil Doles (63 yard rushing) scored on a three-yard run, Michael Dola added the extra point, and Yorktown had a 7-0 lead with 6:11 left in the first period.

The Raiders lost another fumble on their next possession that was recovered by Austin Browne. Yorktown moved into field goal position, where Dola converted from 26 yards and the Patriots had a 10-0 lead early in the second period.

A third lost Stuart fumble, again recovered by Browne, this time at the Yorktown 1-yard line midway through the second quarter, may have been the game changer. A touchdown would have pulled Stuart within 10-7.  “That was certainly big right there,” Hanson said. Yorktown added a late second-period touchdown on a leaping catch by Kyle Bailey on a 34-yard pass from Jordan Smith. Dola kicked the point after, and Yorktown led 17-0 at halftime.

The only score of the second half came on Smith’s 13-yard fourth-quarter pass to Bernhardt, and Dola’s conversion. “We didn’t get a lot in the second half, but our defense continued to play well,” Hanson said.

Yorktown gained 311 total yards. Smith completed 8 of 18 passes for 154 yards and the Patriots rushed for 157. Devin Gaby had two catches for 61 yards, Bernhardt had two for 25, Michael Rogers two for 14 and Browne one for 20.



Bailey Twins Lead Stout Yorktown Defense
Patriots with chance to clinch district title against Mount Vernon.

By Jon Roetman

Yorktown head football coach Bruce Hanson stood on the field at Greenbrier Stadium during Monday’s practice and talked about how well his defense has played this season. The Patriots, 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the National District, are holding opponents to 8.4 points per contest in 2010, including three shutouts.

Seniors Kyle Bailey and Kevin Bailey are the leaders of a Yorktown defense that has held all but one opponent — undefeated Centreville — to 16 points or fewer en route to the top of the district standings. The Patriots have a chance to clinch their first district championship since 2006 when they host Mount Vernon at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. The Majors are 4-1 in the district one year after a winless 2009 season.

Helping Kevin and Kyle Bailey on defense have been outside linebackers Maliek Wilson (senior) and David Bernhardt (senior), inside linebackers Austin Browne (junior) and Josh Bunche (junior) and linemen Mason Snider (junior), Nick White (junior), James Krech (senior) and Andrew Moyer (senior). "Our defense has been playing tremendous," Hanson said. "We’ve been real happy with our defense."


AAA Northern Region

Virginia all-district football teams

By James Wagner
Washington Post Staff Writer


Here's a look at the first-team football selections made by coaches for the four districts in the Virginia AAA Northern Region:

AAA National

QB Jordan Smith, Yorktown, Jr.

RB Justin Marshall, Hayfield, Sr.

RB Chris Kirby, Stuart, Jr.

RB Anthony Taylor, Washington-Lee, Sr.

PK Michael Dola, Yorktown, Sr.

DE Kelechi Adoma, Hayfield, Jr.

DE Ayman Sirhan, Stuart, Sr.

DL Logan Boeuger, Mount Vernon, Sr.

DL Tony Konjevoda, Stuart, Jr.

DL Nick White, Yorktown, Jr.

LB Anthony Wilson, Hayfield, Jr.

LB Julien Randolph, Mount Vernon, Sr.

LB Moussa Diallo, Washington-Lee, Sr.

LB Austin Browne, Yorktown, Jr.



Congrats to Yorktown’s All-State, All-Met, All-Region, and All-District players

Congratulations to the outstanding Yorktown players who have been named to the All-State, All-Met, All-Northern Region, and All-National District teams:

Mike Dola, Kicker - Second Team All-State Specialists, Second Team All-Met Offense, All-Region Specialists, First Team All-District Offense

Kyle Bailey, Defensive Back – All-Region Defense, First Team All-District Defense

David Bernhardt, Wide Receiver, Linebacker – All-Region Defense, First Team All-District Offense, First Team All District Defense

Kevin Bailey, Kick Return, Defensive Back – All-Region Specialists, First Team All-District Offense, First Team All District Defense

Gunther Poth, Center – First Team All District Offense

Devin Gaby, Wide Receiver – First Team All District Offense

Jordan Smith, Quarterback – First Team All District Offense

Nick White, Defensive Line – First Team All District Defense

Austin Browne, Linebacker – First Team All District Defense





Wilson Drops Second Straight With Loss to Yorktown


The Wilson Tigers’ offense sputtered for a second straight game, managing just one offensive touchdown in a 36-14 loss to Yorktown Thursday night. In a game mired by penalties and injuries, the Patriots simply outlasted the Tigers, overpowering them with their size and depth. 

On the following drive, Yorktown senior C.J. Bartholomew intercepted Wilson quarterback Jubar Knight’s pass at the Wilson 37-yard line. Without starting quarterback Sam Nottingham, Yorktown did not shy away from throwing the ball as 5-foot-6 sophomore Jordan Smith found receiver Hoby Hafiz on a 20-yard pass a few plays later to go up 10-0.

The Patriots would be called for an excessive celebration penalty, however, that would cost them dearly. Wilson’s Lovie Banks-Rose would take the ensuing kickoff back 80 yards for a touchdown. Rico Thompson then ran in the two-point conversion to make the game 10-8.

Wilson’s mistakes caught up with them again as the second quarter started. The Tigers jumped offside on a fourth and one that allowed the Yorktown offense to stay on the field. Three minutes later, Smith found receiver Mike Veith on a short touchdown pass to go up 17-8. Smith wasted no time hooking up with Veith again, hitting him on four consecutive passes to get a first and goal on the Wilson six-yard line. Two-way player Erik Cardillo would run the ball in for the score a few plays later, putting Yorktown up 23-8 after a failed two-point conversion.

After turning the ball over on downs, the Tigers struggled to contain the Patriots running game. Smith scrambled for a long gain, getting the ball deep in Wilson’s half. Cardillo would finish the drive off with another powerful run, going 16 yards for the touchdown, to go up 30-8.

Yorktown would be called for a late hit on the following kickoff, allowing Wilson to start their drive near midfield. The Tigers finally found their offense, connecting several passes together to move into Yorktown territory. The drive was capped by a 27-yard Knight pass that was tipped twice before being caught by Travis Butler for the touchdown. 

That confusion led to Bartholomew picking off his second pass of the game at the Yorktown 45, setting up the final scoring drive of the night. Four minutes later, Austin Browne ran the ball in from one yard out, to close the game at 36-14.


Wilson Drops Second Straight With Loss to Yorktown