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No 0-10 for McLean This Season

McLean, the only Northern Region team to go winless last season, promptly halted the skid with a 44-14 season-opening victory Friday over Washington-Lee.

Senior Joseph “Riley” Beiro rushed 25 times for 284 yards and three touchdowns. His yardage total trailed only James Wood’s Brock Lockhart for top area rusher in last weekend’s games. Lockhart carried 35 times for 302 yards and four scores in a 35-19 win over Washington (W.Va.).

“It was really gratifying just to see all of them so excited,” second-year McLean coach Jim Patrick said. “You saw them last year and sometimes it was at the real depths of their emotions, almost like getting their hearts ripped out of them. You see them this year happy, and it really puts into perspective why we get into coaching. Not because we won, but because it shows the kids delayed gratification. They could enjoy the fruits of their labor over the last nine or 10 months.”

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Beiro, an all-region outfielder, rushed for 800 yards in five games last season, and also returned three kicks for touchdowns in eight attempts, before missing the second half of the season with an injury. He bench-presses 300 pounds.

“He’s thick and he can definitely run you over, but the big thing is he’s hard to get a square hit on,” Patrick said. “Sometimes when you watch teams, it’s like, man, why can’t they get a shot on him? He’s able to move his hips and has great vision.”

McLean plays at Herndon on Friday. Herndon opened with a 61-6 win over Jefferson.

By Preston Williams  |  September 8, 2009; 1:49 PM ET
Categories:  AAA Liberty District , Football , Northern Region  | Tags: McLean  
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