Handley was able to get its second win of the football season when it totaled over 400 yards in land-air offense and generally found the ways to stymie Washington’s offense in getting a 27-7 win over the homestanding Patriots at Marcus Stadium.
The youthful Judges were 2-3 after the win, while Washington was 1-4 overall. Handley had lost three straight times since a season-opening win.
Once the Judges took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a Will Dearing scoring pass to Justin Washington, they never trailed. Nick Marshall’s 34-yard field goal made it a 10-0 Handley lead.
Washington’s lone touchdown came after Colin Gustines made an interception in his end zone to halt a Handley drive, and then ran 70 yards from scrimmage to score the Patriots only touchdown.
Ahead only 10-7, Handley was able to score all of the game’s second-half points.
Tyree Summers broke loose to score twice in the third quarter after extended marches as the Judges went in front, 24-10.
Marshall’s 32-yard field goal closed out the scoring with over eight minutes remaining in the last quarter.
Handley had 432 yards of total offense, getting 271 yards along the ground and 162 through the air. The Patriots had 217 yards of total offense, 70 of it coming on Gustines’ touchdown run in the first half.
Handley lost two turnovers and Washington lost three. The Judges registered five sacks.
Washington will host defending two-time Class AAA state champion Martinsburg on Friday at 7 p.m. at Marcus Stadium.