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Hornets Hang on, Top Seahawks

Posted Sunday, September 20, 2009 by Paul Tenorio
  Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 18, 2009

 

Over the past few years, the Herndon-South Lakes rivalry -- known as the Baron Cameron Bowl for the area near both schools -- has been dominated by Herndon. In the past six contests, Herndon has taken the trophy each time -- outscoring its counterpart 202-39 in the process.

That gap has closed, however, and Thursday night Herndon needed a last-second interception from senior linebacker Austin Moore to slip away with a 29-25 victory in Reston. Moore stepped in front of a pass with 18 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"We kept pushing them back and then finally I saw the guy break and I knew I could take this game," Moore said.

The game opened with a tremendous return from South Lakes junior Darius Smith, who at first fumbled the kick and recovered it before heading toward the left sideline.

Smith looked as if he was wrapped up after just a few yards, but he broke the tackle and headed back to the right before racing up the sideline. He cut past another would-be tackler into the middle of the field and raced the remainder of the 90 yards into the end zone to give South Lakes a 6-0 lead just seconds into the contest.

Herndon responded after taking over with just less than eight minutes left in the first quarter following a 16-yard punt and drove 55 yards on six plays. The Hornets capped the drive with their own cut-back play when quarterback Zack Ozyck first headed, right looking to pass, then cut to his left and dashed 15 yards before diving into the end zone.

The teams then traded scoring drives through the second and third quarters, with South Lakes closing to 29-25 on a four-play drive capped by a 26-yard touchdown run from Bobby Lewis.

But with time ticking away late in the fourth and South Lakes on Herndon's 34-yard line, Moore stepped in front of a pass to seal the win and keep the trophy at Herndon.

"We overcame adversity," Moore said. "They ran back our kickoff and nobody put their heads down. Everyone was back on the sideline and everyone was like, 'Let's get it up, we're not losing to South Lakes.' We wanted to keep our name on the bowl. This is the biggest game of the season for everybody."

Herndon 29, South Lakes 25 For Kicks: Herndon punter Alex Stopa, a standout for the soccer team as its starting goalkeeper, had a tremendous night kicking. His 58-yard punt pinned South Lakes at their own 2-yard line to set up a safety, and he finished with a 40-yard average. Run Crazy: The game included 12 ball carriers -- six for each team -- and just 23 total pass attempts. South Lakes had minus-2 yards passing in the first half and did not have a positive completion until the fourth quarter.

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