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Potomac School Beats IAC Team

The Potomac School has played only a handful of Interstate Athletic Conference football opponents through the years. The IAC is considered a stronger league than the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference that the Panthers call home.

But Potomac School plays the IAC in several other sports, so the Panthers (3-0) and their supporters knew just how meaningful their 9-0 win at IAC school Bullis was on Saturday night.

Rob Lee, Potomac School’s athletic director and football coach, said the victory marked the program's first over an IAC team.

“It was an exciting game to be a part of,” said Lee, the team’s former coach, who returned to the sideline this fall after the previous coach took a job out of state. “We haven’t had a lot of success over the years in football, and this was definitely one of the high-water marks.”

In more ways than one. The game was played in a downpour, although on a turf field. Junior Conor McNerney capped an 80-yard opening drive with a six-yard touchdown run. McNerney carried 39 times for 209 yards, pushing his season rushing total to 552 yards in three games.

The Panthers fed McNerney because junior fullback Jack O’Shea was out with strep throat and senior halfback Alex Falconer sprained his ankle in the first quarter and was limited thereafter.

Junior linebacker John Marinelli and junior defensive end Nick Shashy helped limit Bullis (2-1) to 107 offensive yards.

Potomac School plays its MAC opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. James School near Hagerstown, Md. The Panthers' remaining schedule includes a game against Montgomery County public school Poolesville.

By Preston Williams  |  September 29, 2009; 1:26 PM ET
Categories:  Potomac School (Va.)  
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