Landon 10 Episcopal High School 17

The Maroon arrived at Bordley Stadium at Triplett Field with a 4-0 record including routs of SSSA and Bullis. They scored an average of 34 points a game without their top quarterback, who returned to the lineup for the Landon game. EHS has 15 players on their roster over 200#, 5 of them exceed 250#. According to WaPo, five of them have multiple offers to Division I programs.

While the score showed 10-17 in favor of the Alexandria team, Landon were not behind the Maroon for 39 of the 48 minutes of the game. There are no such things as moral victories, but substantial credit is due to these Bears who played hard, smart and physically for the entire game.

It was homecoming and the stands were full, but many knew of the difficult odds for Landon. The student section, the fans in the stands and the Bears on the sidelines vociferously supported their team.

The first quarter went scoreless; Aaron Broner’s 38 yard missed field goal was the best offensive strike of either team for those 12 minutes.

To start the next period, EHS failed to complete a 4th down pass. The Bears then drove 70 yards in 13 plays- twelve were rushes and one a pass. Joey Epstein, Griffin Brown, Jelani Machen and Josh Hunter were the runners. The last carry was Josh from the three to score @ 1:54. A Jack Concannon to John Geppert to Aaron Broner notched the score up one point to BEARS 7 MAROON 0. The visitors did not do much with the ball and the scoreboard signaled the end of the 1st half.

HALFTIME SCORE BEARS 7 MAROON 0

 

The kickoff was an attempted onside kick, which Josh handled well to set up a relatively short field. Landon moved the ball 50 yards on eight rushes and one completed pass. Landon, the Jack/John/Aaron troika made a 3 pointer from 26 yards @8:31 BEARS 10 MAROON 0

EHS moved 56 yards for what seemed to be an inevitable TD, but a 3rd down pass into the end zone was broken up by John Geppert. The Visitors converted a 19 yard field goal to make it BEARS 10 MAROON 3 at 5:19 of the 3rd Q.

The next offensive possession by the “High School” [i]ended with an interception by Brian Menendez, but Landon could not take advantage of that turnover. With the ball back in the Maroon team’s hand, they put together 11 plays to score at 9:04 of the 4th Q BEARS 10 MAROON 10

Landon held the ball for eight downs, but was forced to punt. A couple of long runs by EHS found them in the end zone for the go ahead score 17-10 with 3:49 remaining.

The Bears had a couple of exciting advances of the line of scrimmage towards the tying score, but an unsuccessful 4th down attempt brought this quest to an end. EHS ran out the clock.

 

BEARS 10 MAROON 17

No it was not a win, but a great deal of character, determination and fair play was seen by the Landon fans.

Landon Statistics

Rushing

Player                  carries   yards TDs

Brown                  10        72

Epstein                15          48

Machen               8          42

Hunter                 8          31                    1

Menendez           1         -2

 

Passing

Player                  attempts    completions        yards

Brown                  8       5       34

 

Receiving

Player                  catches               yards

Porter                  2                           15

Epstein                1                           7

Menendez           1                           7

Hunter                 1                           5

 

 

BEAT PREP


[i] The Class of 1965 knew the institution across the Potomac by this name. The words were pronounced with a heavy southern accent, very much the same intonation as one would hear “the University” in Charlottesville.

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