Brendan Kammerdiener’s record-setting night led Freedom High School to a 42-26 victory over first-year John Champe in a neighborhood rivalry game Oct. 19 in Aldie.
Kammerdiener provided a clear definition to the term ‘workhorse’ in the win. He carried the ball 37 times for 392 yards and four touchdowns.
The senior tailback not only set a school record in the process, but also produced the second highest single-game rushing total in Loudoun history. Park View alum Deric Dudinski rushed for 406 yards on 17 carries in a 48-7 win over Briar Woods on Sept. 29, 2006.
Kammerdiener credited the Eagles’ offensive line and fullback Jordan Rafferty for opening up running lanes, humbly adding “We made the plays when we needed to.”
Freedom (3-5) churned out 492 yards and six touchdowns on the ground overall. Rafferty and quarterback Jack Wrenn added rushing touchdowns in the win.
“Our offensive line did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage,” Freedom coach Mick Mullins said. “We wanted to control the ball, control the clock and run a power game. It worked out well for us tonight. And obviously, our tailback did a pretty good job.”
The Eagles defeated the Knights for the second time this season to take a 2-0 lead in the series between the two south Loudoun schools that are separated by less than three miles.
“My brother is playing on the other side so this meant a lot to me,” said Rafferty, whose younger brother Brandon Rafferty is a junior receiver/linebacker for John Champe. “He likes to talk a lot but 42-26 is all that I will have to say.”
Junior Andrew Bushrod delivered a special performance of his own for John Champe. Making the switch from defense to tailback for this game, Bushrod broke loose for touchdown runs of 77 and 80 yards in the first quarter and finished with 250 yards and three scores.
“He’s a special kid,” Knights coach Jason Dawson said. “His feet never stop. He works his tail off. People are going to know his name and number.”
Junior Alexander Rearden returned a blocked field goal 72 yards for the Knights’ other score. Dawson is pleased with the strides his senior-less squad is making in its inaugural season.
“I don’t think there is a team in America that is 0-8 that works as hard as us,” he said. “It’s just that lack of experience, physical immaturity and mental makeup. It’s hard to get kids to realize you are great and you are going to get there. They keep fighting.”
Freedom 42, John Champe 26
F: Rafferty 21 run (Nizialek kick) 10:24
JC: Bushrod 77 run (kick failed) 9:36
F: Wrenn 24 run (Nizialek kick) 5:21
JC: Bushrod 80 run (run failed) 3:49
F: Kammerdiener 39 run (Nizialek kick) 1:26
F: Kammerdiener 51 run (Nizialek kick) 0:08
JC: Rearden 72 blocked field goal return (Nichols kick) 3:14
F: Kammerdiener 80 run (Nizialek kick) 9:01
F: Kammerdiener 1 run (Nizialek kick) 4:22
JC: Bushrod 8 run (Nichols kick) 11:11
-Rushing: F - Kammerdiener (37 for 392 yards, 4 TD), Wrenn (5 for 42 yards, TD), Rafferty (4 for 39 yards, TD); JC - Bushrod (25 for 250 yards, 3 TD), Monine (7 for 22 yards)
-Passing: F - Wrenn (2 of 3 for 9 yards); JC - Ward (4 of 8 for 50 yards, Int.)
-Receiving: F - Rafferty (1 for 9 yards); JC - Monine (3 for 33 yards), Bushrod (1 for 18 yards)
-All photos by Moe Murphy
Video: Freedom High School football players Jordan Rafferty and Brendan Kammerdiener talk about the Eagles’ 42-26 victory over host John Champe.—Times-Mirror Video/Michael “Moe” Murphy
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