Just Brew It: Columnist weighs whether Fauquier has contending football team
--Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Two weeks ago I made headlines when I predicted Fauquier to potentially be the best of the three local high school football teams.
(How can you not make headlines when you write a column?)
So it was with trepidation that I came home last Friday night and checked my colleague Jeff Malmgren’s twitter page and learned Fauquier not only beat Skyline on the road, but rolled 30-12 against a pretty good program.
While an 0-2 start isn't the end of the world in high school football, both the Fauquier and Liberty avoided that fate with big wins last Friday.
I watched Liberty obliterate Orange 51-10, recovering smartly from their season-opening 45-42 loss to Handley in which the Eagles blew a 42-21 lead. Fauquier was equally impressive.
Liberty blitzed to a 28-0 lead just minutes into the second quarter. But when Orange scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and then stopped Liberty on a three-and-out, it meant there were two-thirds of the game left – plenty of time to repeat the nightmarish semi-choke that unfolded at Handley.
Being at the Handley game, I had flashbacks of another Eagles’ collapse, and so did coach Sean Finnerty, who later admitted to a quick hint of déjà vu.
But while the orange-clad players from Orange were swift and attended a bigger Division 5 school, they weren’t in the same sophisticated class as Handley, a team Fauquier gets a shot at Friday.
It will be interesting to see if the Falcons can handle Handley's superb passing quarterback Will Dearing — who operates the Judges' offense like he's Peyton Manning.
The Falcons will certainly throw their nasty defense at Dearing, and also hope to find the Handley defense is as porous as it was much of the afternoon against Liberty.
Still, the Falcon offense remains a question mark.
Against Skyline, Fauquier ran the ball really well because its offensive line often pushed Skyline's defensive line five yards downfield.
Quarterback Louis Heisler hit some throws, but Fauquier still struggled to pass the ball vertically. Fortunately, running backs Todd Jordan, Briar Thomas and Spicer Sabruno stepped up.
FHS coach Jamie Carter said his offense wasn't as balanced as he wants. "We were run heavy. But it’s not a bad thing because we were definitely able to cram the ball a little bit," Carter said.
Handley coach Tony Rayburn's team could lay claim to our county title if the Judges beat the Falcons Friday and then Kettle Run on Oct. 4.
That probably makes Rayburn an avid reader of the Fauquier Times, which is crammed with local football info on his upcoming opponents.
What are we telling him in this column?
That the Falcons remain dangerous, and potentially great, but we haven't seen it yet.
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