Woodson's Reilly Cracks Record Book
The performance turned in Friday night by W.T. Woodson senior quarterback Connor Reilly will land him in the Virginia High School League record book in at least two categories.
At last check, Woodson Coach Trey Taylor had Reilly for 34 completions in 53 attempts for 504 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions, in a memorable 43-42 road win over then-No. 17 Lake Braddock.
That would put Reilly fifth in state history in passing yards in a game, and tops in Northern Region history. Three of the top four state single-game marks were set in the 1960s, including the record of 636 established by Newport News’s Jim Hogan in 1966.
Reilly’s yardage total breaks the region record of 473 that West Springfield’s Peter Lalich amassed against West Potomac in 2006.
Reilly’s completion total places him in a tie for sixth in state history and puts him on an exclusive list that includes a former Woodson quarterback.
The state record is 39 completions by West Potomac’s Cole Walter last season, also against Lake Braddock. Lalich had 35- and 34-completion games against South County and Annandale, respectively. Woodson’s Brandon Corso completed 33 passes against Centreville in 1990. Washington-Lee’s Alex Wicks had 32 completions against Mount Vernon in 2007.
The totals came as a surprise to Reilly.
“I had absolutely no idea,” he said on the phone Sunday night. “There was no figure in my head at all.”
The added bonus of a big Friday night win is that you get to relive it the next morning in film sessions. In addition to Reilly’s prolific chucking, keep in mind that Lake Braddock was ranked and coming off a shutout victory and that this was Woodson’s first Patriot District game since moving over from the less-heralded Liberty District.
With the game’s wild swings_Lake Braddock being up 21-7 with less than a minute left before the half, Woodson rattling off four straight touchdowns, Lake Braddock responding with three in a row, etc._there was really no time to digest it all until Saturday morning anyway.
Reilly, a Temple recruit who moved to the area from Tennessee the summer before his junior year, said when he got to school on Saturday some teammates were waving the sports section around and others gave senior James Johnson an ovation as he walked in.
Johnson ran for three touchdowns and turned a Reilly screen pass into an 89-yard scoring rumble with 66 seconds left. Because of injury, Johnson had sat out the second scrimmage and had played defense only, and sparingly, at that, in the season opener. But with projected top back Jonathan Stokes out with a shoulder injury, Woodson sorely needed backfield help.
While watching the films, Reilly said the Cavaliers (2-0) made fun of the offensive linemen’s exuberant reaction to Johnson’s late touchdown, and they played back in slow motion the subsequent two-point conversion pass that Reilly threw to Josh Hogan for the decisive points.
“Josh looked kind of surprised, like he couldn’t believe he caught it,” said Reilly, who completed passes to seven receivers.
Many thought that Reilly might have been down when he threw the conversion pass. He says no.
“I know that I wasn’t down, but watching it, it looks like I was down because of the angle of the camera,” he said. “If you were to get a field’s eye view, I extended my foot, so it kind of looked like I was parallel [to the ground] throwing the ball.”
The Woodson-Lake Braddock games the past three years have been decided by a total of nine points. With the teams now in the same district, and the schools being less than five miles apart, it could turn into one of the better rivalries in the Patriot.
But it will be tough to live up to the game from the other night.
September 14, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
Categories: AAA Patriot District , Annandale , Centreville , Lake Braddock , Mount Vernon , Northern Region , South County , W.T. Woodson High School , Washington-Lee , West Potomac , West Springfield
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