H A Condensed History of Hayfield Hawks Football

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Boundary Changes and the opening of a new high school in 2005

"We choose to do things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard....." - President John F. Kennedy

With the opening of a new school on the former prison grounds in Lorton looming in the fall of 2005, the Hawks anticipated competing for a district title in the upcoming season. It also appeared that when the new school would open they would field a JV team with the rising Junior class remain intact and attend Hayfield. Not only were the Hawks playing in a Division 6 laden district, non-district games were scheduled against three of the top teams from the Concorde District (Westfields, Centreville and Robinson, the latter having moved to the Concorde from the Patriot District).

This was arguably the toughest schedule in the northern region for the next three years.  (Note: The three teams from the Concorde District had won state championships in the previous years).  Then the bewildering occurred. In the Spring of 2005, Fairfax County decided that the new school would field a varsity team and students of the rising junior class were given a choice to either attend the new school or Hayfield.  The novelty of a new, modern educational facility proved to be too much of a lure not only for parents and students, but teachers and some coaches as well. One Spring sports coach even announced his departure to the new school while still being a head coach at Hayfield.

  As expected, Hayfield athletics took a huge hit, none bigger than the football program. Reclassified as a Division 5 team again, the varsity team would compete for the next four years pretty much against Division 6 opponents.  At times, the team could not even hold full contact practices or limit contact due to the lack of players. 

An ominous sign was the Freshman team's first practice in 2005 which had 13 kids on the first day of practice that year.  That would "balloon" up to 20 as the year progressed.  Hayfield would win three varsity games in 2005 (defeating Lake Braddock in overtime, Annandale and T.C. Williams in a game played under brutal weather conditions - see photos below), but the handwriting was on the wall as the lack of numbers and talent was significantly diminished.  This led to what only can be referred to as three nightmarish years from 2006-08.

2005 - Hayfield's Evan Eyo was instrumental in the win over the Bruins leading the team to a couple of scores and coming up with a loose ball; the Hawks kicker drills a field goal for the 28-25 overtime win at Lake Braddock. A Hawks receiver disagrees with an officials call at Annandale, a game the Hawks won 28-10; A Hawks ball-carriers is stopped by the Atoms defense The game against TC Williams was played at West Potomac in a driving, freezing rain storm with the Hawks prevailing 14-6; a linebacker takes a breather; a couple of Hayfield players walking off the field.

 From 2005-08 the Hawks record was a dismal 5-35.  In quite a number of games during this period, the teams would actually hold their own for a half or even three quarters of play. But the Hawks' opponents would basically wear them down, particularly the Division 6 teams. Nonetheless, the teams would always play hard and against all odds, a tribute to the players and coaches. During that period a number of young men would stand out, not only for the playing ability but their loyalty and commitment. 

Andrew Maternick (#12) versus T.C. Williams; Alonzo Cliatt (carrying the ball) at Westfields.

Andrew Maternick, brother of Michael Maternick, and Alonzo Cliatt a were a couple of those individuals.  'Drew, as he was known by his teammates, was a versatile football player and an exceptional division one Lacrosse prospect as a goalie. During one game with the outcome well in hand by the opposing team, when one of their players stated.... "Man,  that Andrew just doesn't give up...he keeps fighting even when there is no hope." There cannot be a greater compliment!  'Drew is now a song-writer and composer. Cliatt was a fiery player and a bruising running back.  He would play at New Mexico State University.  HIs father, Alonzo, has been an assistant coach for the Hawks for almost a decade.

A bright spot for the Hawks from 2007-08 was the play of LB/RB Michael Broome. Michael would go on to serve with the United States Marines Corps.  Anton McCallum starting as a Soph at TC Williams in 2007.

Throughout this tumultuous period a core of coaches opted to remain with the school and "see things through." Alongside Pugh stood Roy Hill (who bleeds Hayfield Orange), Leon Yarbough and James Dupree. They realized that It would take time but knew that their commitment and  dedication would pay off.  Somebody had to "hold things together." And there was hope for the classes of 2010 through 2011 had a number of gifted athletes.

2009 - present

 In 2009, the Hawks were moved to the National District which was comprised of all Division 5 level teams. The agony of the previous three seasons would come to an end as the Hawks won the district title, advancing to the regional semi final before being defeated in the last minute of play. It was a bittersweet year as the team rebounded from futility to contenders and  their beloved head coach, Billy Pugh, suffered a major stroke halfway through the season. Assistant head coach (and Hayfield alumni and long time varsity wrestling coach) Roy Hill took over the reigns of the team and remains the current head varsity coach. Coach Pugh's teams compiled a 49-64 recored during his eleven seasons as head coach of the Hawks.

In recent years the Hawks have qualified for the playoffs in four straight seasons (2009, 10, 11 and 12), reaching the region championship game in 2010 where they lost to Stone Bridge. The 2009 team was led by the electrifying play of QB Anton McCallum and RB Rayshawn Rigans. During the 2009 campaign the Hawks offense scored 423 points (over 35 points per game).  In 2009 season the rivalry with Edison H.S. renewed.  A trophy by Red Hot and Blue, known as the "Bird Bowl," would be presented to the winning team.  The 2009 Hawks won that year's contest and also clinched the district title.

Rayshawn Rigans, the Hawks 2009 outstanding running back.; QB Anton McCallum, the leader of the Hawks explosive offense; DE Marshal Evans chases down a Patriots ball-carrier.

The 2010 team struggled a times but got healthy in time to make a run late in the season qualifying for the playoffs, defeating McLean and Washington & Lee before losing to Stone Bridge in the Division 5 Regional Final. The team featured a number of outstanding players including Junior WR/DB Hayden Knudson and senior LB Justin Marshall and Senior QB Jason Stewart. Also starring on defense for the Hawks were Junior LB Anthony Wilson, DL Kalachi Adoma and sophomore LB Nathan Trebach.

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Two Hayfield defenders break up a pass in the end-zone in the 2010 Regional final game at Stone Bridge. QB Jason Stewart; Head Coach Roy Hill; Hayfield's offense; Senior LB Justin Marshall.

Hayden Knudson

The 2011 team was led by a number of outstanding seniors such as Anthony Wilson, Kalachi Adoma and in particular WR/DB Hayden Knudson (currently playing at the University of New Hampshire). The team was eliminated by rival Lee in the Regional quarter final game when a last second TD by the Hawks was disallowed. From 20009 through 2011 the Hawks compiled a very respectable 25 and 11 record. Much of this can attributed to the development of players at the freshman and JV level, a key element for any successful team.

 

Stephen Ross breaks loose for the only score of the game at South County.; Senior WR Hayden Knudson makes a spectacular TD reception at Edison; Senior DL Kalachi Adoma (#55) was a repeat All-District selection as was Wilson and Knudson; Senior LB Anthony Wilson holds the 2011 Red Hot and Blue "Bird Bowl" Trophy after the Hawks defeated Edison in the last regular game of the season.

The 2012 varsity squad compiled a 7 and 3 record, averaging close to 35 points per game and for the second year in a row finishing second in district play, qualifying for the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Langley H.S.  All of the losses were by a TD or less, including a heart breaking overtime loss at Centreville on a blown call negating a two point conversion. Those receiving first team all-district honors were junior DL George Asante and seniors Wesley Scott (DB/WR), Nathan Trabach (LB known as "Hayfield's tackling machine"), Richmond Williams (OL) and kicker Jayden Thomas.  Asante was also selected to the all-region first team defense. The Hawks also won their fourth in a row "Battle of the Birds" game against arch rival, Edison. For the 2013 season, a number of impact players(including five sophomores who saw considerable play) are scheduled to return including second team all-district QB Ellis Knudson and explosive RB Osman Kargbo (#8) (who scored five TDs in the game against Edison).

(Above) Seniors WR/DB Wesley Scott and LB Nathan Trebach and OL/DLRichmond Williams. 

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