After starting the season 6-0, the Oakton High football team lost its first game of the season after a 42-21 loss to Chantilly on Friday night.
Senior running back Mike Wandey tallied 175 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars, but it would not be enough to lead them to a Homecoming victory on Friday.
The Chargers opened scoring with the clock at 5:43 in the first quarter on a 1-yard run. With a little more than a minute left in the quarter, quarterback Kyle Downer, who rushed 102 total yards, ran in the Cougars' first touchdown. The Chargers then added another touchdown as the clock ran out in the first quarter to put the score at 14-7.
The Chargers scored again the second quarter while shutting down the Cougar offense, holding a 21-7 lead heading into halftime.
In the second half, the Cougars scored during their first drive — which they earned after an interception from Eric South — on a 51-yard run from Wandey.
Late in the fourth quarter, Wandey ran in a 6-yard touchdown — the Cougars' last, while the Chargers added three in the second half to give them a commanding 42-21 victory to hold the Cougars to their lowest point total of the season.
The loss is the Cougars' first of the season, putting their overall record at 6-1 and evening their Concorde District record to 1-1. For their next matchup, the Cougars will travel to Westfield, who is undefeated through seven games and ranked first in the district, for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday.