Story & Video By McNamara Campus Correspondent Andrew Feather
ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- With just under two minutes left and Bishop O'Connell in possession of a 31-point lead, McNamara head Coach Bryce Bevill pulled a Greg Schiano of sorts. His team played aggressively, scored twice and recovered two onside kicks over the remainder of the game, leaving Saturday's final at a more respectable 31-14 clip.
O'Connell coach Del Smith was not pleased with Bevill's antics, not that there was much to be impressed with on the McNamara sidelines. The Mustangs' usually stout defense allowed the re-energized former perennial WCAC cellar-dweller to rack up over 400 yards of total offense, including nearly 350 via the air.
Through their option-based offense, Knights senior quarterback Leighton Dassau, used a variety of short screen passes to rack up 344 passing yards and three touchdowns along with 53 rushing yards.
On defense, O'Connell was just as strong, holding the Mustangs to only 197 yards, 82 of which were on the last two drives after the Knights had their backups in the game. Their pass rush consistently overpowered McNamara's star studded offensive line, which holds three players with college scholarship offers. Freshman quarterback Ramar Williams was intercepted three times.
McNamara will try to salvage some pride next Saturday at their homecoming against Archbishop Carroll, and O'Connell is looking to upset Good Counsel under the Friday night lights in Olney, Maryland.