South Lakes High School travels to Langley Friday night for another shot at breaking into the conference win column in 2012.
South Lakes (2-5 overall, 0-4 Liberty District) came close to defeating Madison at home last Friday. The Seahawks had their best offensive outing of the season and were leading the Warhawks in the final minutes.
But they were unable to stop a late drive, and the Warhawks capitalized on a penalty to score with 17 seconds remaining to defeat South Lakes 38-35.
"The kids played their hearts out, and I can’t ask for much more than that," said South Lakes coach Marvin Wooten. "Madison is a very good football team and they made the big plays when they needed to."
Wooten says the team's focus is to try and win the final three games of the season. All three are against weaker Liberty teams (Langley, Marshall (0-7) and Jefferson (3-4) ), so winning three straight is a possibility.
Langley (3-4, 2-2) has been boosted by a favorable schedule this season. The Saxons' wins have been against Herndon, which has only won one game this season, Jefferson and Marshall. The Saxons have lost three straight games.
Meanwhile, South Lakes is now a bigger school. The redistricting of five years ago means there are more than 2,000 students at the school. As a result, South Lakes now has a tougher schedule, pitting the team against other big programs such as Stone Bridge (a 49-6 loss on Sept. 14) and Westfield (a 51-13 loss in the season opener).