Early Patriot mistakes give Handley a boost

WINCHESTER, Va. — Right from the outset, the Handley Bowl was loud with noise for the home team. The once-beaten Judges had recovered a Washington High fumble on the first play from scrimmage. And they had a seven-point lead less than two minutes into the first quarter.
Washington quickly got to its feet, but never overcame Handley’s constant lead and eventually fell, 38-28, in the Saturday afternoon game that left the Patriots with their second loss.
Handley’s 17 points in the second period left it with a 24-14 lead at the half. Both teams scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter before there was a scoreless fourth quarter.
Washington’s four touchdowns came from Bryan Bayliss (on a 25-yard pass from Matt Harris), from Harris on his 11-yard run, from Colin Gustines on his 79-yard kickoff return and from Kendell Smith (on a nine-yard catch of a pass from Harris).
The Patriots not only were hurt because of the early turnover, but they had two other turnovers, one a long interception return that led to a Handley touchdown. Handley suffered only one turnover.
Washington had 371 yards of total offense and the Judges (4-1 overall) accounted for 286 yards of total offense.
Smith caught nine passes from Harris that totaled 114 yards.
The 2-2 Patriots are on the road again this weekend when they travel to Martinsburg and see the once-beaten and state-ranked Bulldogs at Cobourn Field at 7 p.m. Friday.

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