Midseason Report Card: Fauquier football gets a ‘B-’ grade
Thursday, Oct. 10
Fauquier hopes to break through Friday with a signature win against a strong Kettle Run team. --Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The Fauquier Falcons earn a solid grade for pulling into the midseason with a 3-2 record, but coach Jamie Carter’s team could easily have a poor grade had they not slipped past winless James Wood, 21-20 almost two weeks ago.
The Falcons had a bye week to ponder that confusing performance and scheme for Friday's showdown with Kettle Run (3-2), now regarded as the county's best team.
There’s still a lot to love about FHS. Losses to Loudoun County and Handley were characterized by offensive struggles, but new quarterback Louis Heisler is improving. Running back Todd Jordan has been a mainstay and Leif Heltzel is a big play threat.
The Falcons made noise about hanging their hat on their exceptional defense and kicking game, and those facets can still make this a grand year. But the stage is also set for a big-time collapse — possibly inflicted before the end of the month.
A loss to Kettle Run Friday at Falcon Field would surprise no one, then comes an Oct. 18 road trip to Eastern View (5-0), where former FHS coach Greg Hatfield's Cyclones pack a potent punch.
Even if the Falcons lose those two to fall to 3-4, they'll end their year with a smile if they can end a 10-year Bird Bowl losing streak to Liberty Nov. 8 in Bealeton.
Coach Jamie Carter remains confident in his guys.
"At the halfway point we feel like we have yet to play our best ball. We have shown flashes of what we want to be, but have yet to put together a whole game," said Carter.
Offensive MVP: Running back Todd Jordan (486 yards) is averaging a healthy 97.2 yards per game.
Defensive MVP: Defensive linemen Donovan Porter and Ryan McCray.
Unsung hero: Briar Thomas has made big plays on offense and at outside linebacker.
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