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Beating Westfield Big Deal for Lake Braddock

Lake Braddock is in an interesting position after its 10-9 win last week over Westfield.

Should the Bruins chalk it up as a big victory, considering that Westfield has won 79 of its past 90 games? Or should they downplay it, because the gap between the teams this season appears to have narrowed, with Lake Braddock potentially on the rise and Westfield perhaps a bit more in retooling mode than we thought?

“The name Westfield conjures up a history of state championships and that sort of thing, so for us, it was a big victory,” Lake Braddock Coach Jim Poythress said. “We do feel we have a good team, and knowing we could beat another good team is important.

“Everybody acts like just because [Westfield doesn’t] have the name marquee kids that they’re not that good. Based on all the teams I’ve seen, they’re very good and will end up with a fine record. They easily could be 3-0 right now.”

So could Lake Braddock, if not for a 43-42 loss at W.T. Woodson on a controversial no-call on a two-point conversion pass that the Bruins contend, apparently with photographic evidence, should have been ruled dead because Cavaliers senior quarterback Connor Reilly was down when he threw it. Poythress’s count of his team missing 55 tackles likely stings more than the questionable call.

Against Westfield, Lake Braddock rolled up about 400 yards of offense, overcame five interceptions and did not allow an offensive touchdown. Senior Osman Mansaray scored the tying touchdown late in the game on a 27-yard run after senior Wasim Abassi forced a fumble that senior Keli Doe recovered. Sophomore Nick Weiler kicked the decisive extra point.

The Bruins’ opponent this week, T.C. Williams, also is coming off a pleasing win over a Concorde District team. The Titans topped then-No. 3 Oakton on a fumble return for a touchdown in the final minutes. Lake Braddock plays at T.C. at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“To us, this is a big test,” Poythress said. “Let’s find out what kind of team we have.”

By Preston Williams  |  September 24, 2009; 4:32 PM ET
Categories:  Lake Braddock , T.C. Williams , W.T. Woodson , Westfield  
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