Knockout blow

INWOOD — Musselman landed a five-touchdown haymaker in the first quarter against visiting Washington, had a shutout lead by halftime and then was ahead by over 40 points before completing a 55-34 win on Friday at Waldeck Field.

After notching five touchdowns in a whirlwind of first-quarter scoring, Musselman had given the home crowd a commanding lead of 34-0 after just 12 minutes of football. The Applemen scored the only points in the second quarter to advance their lead all the way to 41-0 at the half.

After outscoring the Patriots, 14-12, in the third period, the Applemen were able to carry a 55-12 lead into the fourth quarter.

Washington scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter of its game with Musselman, but the Applemen defeated the Patriots, 55-34, at Waldeck Field on Friday.

Musselman rushed for 410 yards, almost all of those ground yards coming in the first three quarters when its starters were on the field. Even though the Applemen didn’t pass very often, quarterback Caleb Dembeck threw for 192 yards with just six completions in eight attempts..

All of Washington’s 34 points came in the second half.

Washington’s Colin Gustines scored three touchdowns and Tony Vazquez had two scores.

The Patriots had 367 yards of total offense, much of it in the fourth quarter.

Washington’s four-game record dipped to 1-3 overall while Musselman climbed about the .500 mark at 3-2 in its five games.

On Friday, the Patriots are back at home at 7 p.m. to face Handley High from Winchester.

The Judges are 1-3 with a win over Dominion and losses to Harrisonburg, Martinsburg, and Fauquier.

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