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For most of the season, Tene Samuto has been playing with an injured foot.

“I had a sprained ligament in my toe,” he said. “It was hard when I pushed off.”

Judging by his performance on Saturday, the toe is no longer an issue for the senior running back.

Samuto carried the ball 45 times for 364 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Georgetown Preparatory School football team to a 49-41 victory at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C.

“I’m not thinking about my foot anymore.” Samuto said. “This game, it was no thoughts, just instinct.”

The Little Hoyas (1-5) never trailed in the contest and gained 480 rushing yards. Linemen Patrick Stewart, Kyle Kadamian, Agustin Basanes, Christopher Jackson and Kelsey Boland routinely opened holes in the Bulldogs defensive front.

“The offensive line is the character of your team,” Georgetown Prep coach Dan Paro said. “We looked at them and said, ‘You’ve got to take us there.’ It’s a young group that took a big step forward this week. There was a lot of stunting going on from Saint Albans and they picked it up well. I was very proud of them.”

Fullback Ryan Norton was also a key contributer as the lead blocker, repeatedly leading the play through the hole and then finding someone to block. The senior also contributed a 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

“My fullback definitely was getting good contact with their linebackers,” Samuto said. “Once he got the linebackers, I was just doing me — making them miss, running them over and doing what I had to do.”

The game featured four ties and many offensive highlights. The Little Hoyas struggled stopping quarterback Mike McCurdy and the Bulldog passing attack. McCurdy threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns. Chris Fraser caught nine passes for 200 yards and a touchdown and Matt Sniezek caught seven passes for 166 yards and three scores.

After Samuto’s fifth touchdown gave Georgetown Prep a 42-35 lead, Paro said he figured that keeping his offense on the field was probably the best defense. The Little Hoyas attempted an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and it was successfully recovered by Stephen Johnston with 4 minutes, 37 seconds to play. Georgetown Prep scored five plays later to make it 49-35.

“We knew that Saint Albans is the most explosive offense that we have faced,” Paro said. “Their quarterback, their receivers and their running back are phenomenal. Our whole goal was keeping possession of the ball and [keeping] the ball away from their offense.”

The win was career victory number 100 for Paro, but he deferred the praise to his team. He hopes the win will give his team some momentum heading into the last four games.

“The thing ... that kills you is when you look into the eyes of your players and they have given you everything, but they haven’t won,” Paro said. “This week, getting this win is everything because now they are like ‘I got it coach.’ It’s all for the kids.”

Georgetown Preparatory School 49, St. Albans School 41

Georgetown Prep (1-5) 14 7 14 14 — 49

St. Albans (3-3) 7 14 7 13 — 41

GP — Tene Samuto 3 run (Edward Brennan kick)

GP — Tene Samuto 6 run (Edward Brennan kick)

SA — Arthur Jones 5 run (Collin Wareham kick)

SA — Matt Sniezek 26 pass from Mike McCurdy (Collin Wareham kick)

GP — Ryan Norton 16 run (Edward Brennan kick)

SA — Arthur Jones 1 run ( Collin Wareham kick)

GP — Tene Samuto 29 run (Edward Brennan kick)

SA — Chris Fraser 72 pass from Mike McCurdy (Collin Wareham kick)

GP — Tene Samuto 5 run (Edward Brennan kick)

SA — Matt Sniezek 16 pass from Mike McCurdy (Collin Wareham kick)

GP — Tene Samuto 5 run (Edward Brennan kick)

GP — Tene Samuto 3 run (Edward Brennan kick)

SA — Matt Sniezek 13 pass from Mike McCurdy (no attempt - end of game)

RUSHING

Georgetown Prep — Tene Samuto 45-364; Brendan Collins 8-64; Ryan Norton 2-34; Corey Howard 5-10; Anthony McHale 2-8.

St. Albans — Arthur Jones 10-39; Matt Sniezek 1-9; Mike McCurdy 3-(-2).

PASSING

Georgetown Prep — Corey Howard 3-5-25-0.

St. Albans — Mike McCurdy 18-24-385-1.

RECEIVING

Georgetown Prep — Andrew Caskin 2-20; Stephen Johnston 1-5.

St. Albans — Chris Fraser 9-200; Matt Sniezek 7-166; Matt Kelley 1-14; Cormac Dugan 1-5.