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McLean's Ludwick Carries the Load

McLean junior James Ludwick had two carries the second game of the season, then toted 42 times for 196 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 28-8 win over Wakefield, with first-string running back Riley Beiro unavailable for what Highlanders Coach Jim Patrick called personal reasons.

“I didn’t know it was 42,” Ludwick said Sunday, presumably after a restful weekend. “It didn’t feel like that at all. I was just running the ball and getting the yards.”

“Sometimes guys clam up when they get that kind of news,” Patrick said of Ludwick learning last Tuesday that he would get the bulk of the work. “He just played. I think he saw that as a chance to really get his name out there.”

Ludwick was effusive in his praise for the starting offensive line — William Dvorkin, Andre Newman, Anthony Maestri, Edward Del Vecchio and Sebastian Chavez. All are seniors.

Beiro (six touchdowns in the first two games), a senior, is expected back this week, so Ludwick likely will revert to his fullback role.

“It puts us in a good situation,” Ludwick said. “In case he goes down, I can kind of fill in for him.”

The Highlanders are in a better situation all around than they were last season, when they went 0-10. McLean’s two victories have been over winless Washington-Lee and Wakefield, but the Highlanders also played unbeaten Herndon to a one-touchdown loss.
McLean held Wakefield to 21 yards.

McLean hosts Madison on Friday in the Highlanders’ Virginia AAA Liberty District opener. The Warhawks have not allowed a touchdown in 10 quarters.

By Preston Williams  |  September 21, 2009; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  Madison , McLean , Wakefield , Washington-Lee  
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