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Langley Picks Up First Win

Looked like fortuitous scheduling for Herndon — a winless Langley team rolling into town for homecoming Saturday afternoon. What time’s the parade? The dance?

Instead, Langley slipped away with a 28-13 victory, and with winless teams Marshall and Jefferson on the schedule the next two weeks, the Saxons could be poised for a bit of a midseason run.

"That’s how you draw it up in the book — let’s get in there and make it a bad day for them,” Langley Coach John Howerton said of playing another school’s homecoming.

The Saxons (1-4) had had their share of bad days, being outscored 115-34 in losses to Lake Braddock, Chantilly, Madison and Fairfax while trying to break in a lot of new players, particularly on offense.

Langley had second-half leads on Chantilly and Fairfax, and trailed Madison by a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Against Herndon (3-2), six Saxons caught passes, led by senior Artie McGonigal with five, junior Troy Scharfen with four and senior Chris Welby with three (for 130 yards).

Junior Bryan Hofgard and senior Abe Yi combined for 147 rushing yards. Junior Braden Anderson threw for 270 yards.

Top back Marcus Harvey, a sophomore, has been out with an ankle injury and might return this week.

“The future looks bright, but in the meantime, you really have to sometimes hang in there with it until the kids develop,” Howerton said. “And this is one of those years.”

By Preston Williams  |  October 5, 2009; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  Herndon , Langley  
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