Setting personal accolades aside, Senior Brian Cobbs showed why he was the most versatile athlete on the field during last Friday's 40-30 victory over West Potomac. In his second career start at QB and first complete game at QB, Cobbs (SR) sacrificed a 30-game consecutive reception streak dating back to September 3, 2015. During the streak, Cobbs (SR) amassed 2,227 yards on 154 receptions and 27 touchdowns, all team records.
Entering Friday's contest against Gunston District foe West Potomac, Hayfield would field a hodgepodge defense as many starters were too banged up to play. Understanding the situation, the Hawk's wasted no time getting their plethora of offensive weapons involved, including Seniors Jevon Pailin and Travis Williams and Juniors Tim Wiggins and Rayjuon Pringle. Cobbs (SR) would guide the opening drive 66 yards on nine plays finding Pringle (JR) on a 26 yard touchdown pass. And after the Wolverines went three-and-out on their first possession, the Hawks would strike again two plays later on a 62 yard Cobbs (SR) pass to Pailin (SR) extending the lead 14-0 in the first 4:42 of the game.
The Wolverines however would not go silently, utilizing a shifty powerful running back reminiscent of former Hayfield standout Myles Ross, scoring on their next possession to make the score 14-6. Unfazed by the score, Hayfield's offense was running on all cylinders, driving 62 yards on 12 plays with Cobbs (SR) finding Sophomore Trevor Gleason for a 10 yard touchdown. Seemingly unstoppable, Cobbs (SR) would score on the Hawk's next possession to extend the lead 27-6 with 8:56 in the 2nd quarter. West Potomac would only find two more points in the first half courtesy of a Hayfield safety after being penalized for intentional grounding in their own end zone.
Both teams traded possessions to start the second half, with Hayfield finding paydirt first on a 25 yard tipped touchdown pass from Cobbs (SR) to Pringle (JR), who would finish the game with a Hayfield career high seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Hayfield would take their 25 point 33-8 lead into the 4th quarter, where it would not stay unchanged for long. The Wolverines mounted a drive into Hawk's territory and scored on a one yard touchdown run inching the score to 33-15 with 10:47 remaining. West Potomac was able to score on their next possession, powering past two Hayfield defenders at the goal line on a 27 yard pass to make the score interesting, 33-22 with 4:45 remaining.
Fending off potential disappointment, the Hawks recovered the Wolverines onside kick at the Hayfield 44 yard line and preceded to kill 3:20 off the clock on seven straight running plays capping it with a two yard Cobbs (SR) touchdown. Cobbs (SR) would end the night 19/25 passing for 276 yards in the air, 86 yards on the ground, and six touchdowns (four passing/two rushing). The Wolverines would score one last time against back-up players to set the final score 40-30. Hayfield is now 20-2 over the past four seasons when scoring at least 35 points. This is Hayfield's first win over West Potomac since 2005, the Wolverines still lead the all-time series 18-10.
Next up: @ Annandale (3-5) | Friday, October 27 | 7:00 pm
Hayfield 40, West Potomac 30