Handley routs Skyline, 56-24

Posted: October 26, 2013

ROBERT NIEDZWIECKI
The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Now that’s what Handley’s football offense is more used to.
The Judges scored 28 points in the first quarter and 49 in the first half en route to a 56-24 Northwestern District win over Skyline in their Hall of Fame game Saturday at the Handley Bowl.
After scoring 219 points in their first five games (a 43.8 average), the Judges (5-3, 1-1 Northwestern) scored a total of just 10 points in consecutive losses to Kettle Run and Sherando.
But junior Dontae Mauck scored the first of his five touchdowns on a 14-yard run just two minutes and five seconds into the game, and the Judges proved relentless in scoring on all seven of their full first-half possessions (Handley took a knee with 20 seconds left in the half to go into the break with a 49-10 lead).
Lining up as a receiver and in the backfield, Mauck finished with 218 total yards. He had 123 yards and three touchdowns rushing on seven carries (his other two rushing scores were from 5 and 92 yards out), and he had 95 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches  (his touchdowns went for 12 and 7 yards).
Handley junior quarterback Will Dearing went 20 of 22 through the air for 332 yards and four touchdowns, with his other two scoring throws going to senior wide receiver Brian Thomas (three catches for 78 yards, with touchdown grabs of 13 and 55 yards).
The Judges had a 401-156 yard advantage at the half and finished with a 520-335 advantage.
“We stressed all week that in the last two games, yes, we played two good football teams, but we helped beat ourselves with turnovers, poor execution at times, offensively and defensively and special teams,” Handley coach Tony Rayburn said. “Whoever we played, we needed to make sure we played in all facets of the game with good execution.
“I think the kids came out and for the most part did a good job in all areas and executed.”
It was exactly the type of game Handley needed.
“We’re just going to use this as motivation to keep doing what we do, and get better every day, every week,” Mauck said.  
Skyline fell to 4-5 overall, 1-2 in the district.

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