H A Condensed History of Hayfield Hawks Football
Northern Region Champions 1992
Northern Region Runner-up 1990, 1993 & 2010
District Champions 1971, 1992, 1993, 2009 & 2014
Acknowledgment - This is a work in progress and it is not intended to be a complete or comprehensive report. This condensed account would not have been possible without the contributions made by Ryan Daugirda, former Head Coaches John Tompkins and Billy Pugh,  Coach Roy Hill, Mr. Steve Herbert (a member of the first Hayfield graduating class). Warren Broomer and other alumni.  It has taken many  hours, weeks and months to accumulate much of this information. Additional, factual information is welcomed. If you would like to contribute, please forward to okfst74@verizon.net .  Look forward to updating the page in the future.
[Very respectfully, Juan Navas]!
Four Decades (and counting) of Hayfield Hawks Football


Just like the school, Hayfield's football program was established in 1968.  Reportedly, a member of the faculty was a University of Tennessee graduate and that is how  Orange and White were selected as the school colors.  "Volunteers" may have also been considered for the nickname but Hawks was eventually selected. In 1988, Hayfield also began using the Navy Blue color. In 2010 the team also began using Black jerseys and in 2012 introduced Black helmets. 

In 1968, the school fielded a freshman and a JV squad. In 1969 they competed against JV and varsity teams.  For lack of a better term, this hybrid squad finished the season with an 8-2 record (with a 2-2 varsity level record). The JV games were against teams from the local area while the varsity level games were played against schools outside of the county. The varsity level opponents were Norfolk Academy, Rockville, Broad Run and Woodberry Forest.

Hayfield's first football coach was James Walthall.  Coach Walthall was an All-American quarterback from the University of West Virginia.

n 1970, Hayfield was classified as a Division 5 AAA and competed in the Gunston District. In its first full varsity season, the Hawks won their first official game played by defeating Oakton, 18-16  compiling a 5-4-1.   In 1971 the team's record was 6-4 with one of the losses coming  against the eventual state champion, T.C. Williams.  A movie titled "Remember the Titans" was produced to honor that T.C. team. Hayfield more than held their own against T.C. in the game, leading at halftime and losing by the score of 12-7.  It was the closest game the Titans had all season. Although a very entertaining film, there are some historical errors.  For one, Hayfield was not a segregated school.

(L. to R.) The three quarterbacks on the "hybrid" team from 1969 season; from left to right in this picture is Lou McFadden (1972), Roy Setliff (1971) and Steve Herbert (1972).  Sideline color photo of the 1970 team. (L. to R.) 1971. Don Scott, the second ever Hawk's Claw award recipient on sideline after getting his "bell rung;" (Comment:  Now they call that a concussion!) the adult overlooking him is Jim Walters, Hayfield's second Athletic Director. (Photos courtesy of Steve Herbert).   

The 1971, 72 and 73 Hawks finished the seasons with a 5-4-1, 6-4 and 7-2-1 records, respectively. The Hawks would have three more winning seasons during this decade and had an overall record of 39-47-1.  It was during this time that a number of rivalries, primarily against schools in the Springfield area, had their origins. The most prominent were the Edison Eagles, the Lee Lancers, the Mount Vernon Majors and to a lesser degree the Spartans from West Springfield.  The first three schools, like Hayfield,  were members of the Gunston District as well.

(L. to R.) Assistant coaches.  From left line coach Richard "Tank" Murphy; next is Harold "Jim" Deibler.  Coach Deibler was almost like the Assistant Head Coach in many aspects.  Coach Deibler was also Hayfield's first gymnastic coach and  coached the team when it won the first ever state championship in any sport. A Hawks cheerleader Class of 1972. Homecoming vs. Mt. Vernon 1971 which the Hawks won in dramatic fashion. A color photo of the crowd. (Photos courtesy of Steve Herbert)

The 1978 squad, coached by Frank Bedont, was a very talented team and  finished the season with a 6-4 record, coming in second place and barely missed the playoffs.  It featured a number of record setting players, such as Billy Paine, Phil Wilson, Warren Broomer, Doug Nork and Jerry Newfang to name some who were named to the All-Potomac 1st 2nd and third teams.

Early 1970's action against visiting Edison. (Photos courtesy of John Tompkins)

The 1979 Hawks posted a record of 4-5-1. However, this team had a number of players recognized by the Washington Post All-Met/All-League selections from the Gunston District. They were ends Mike Laychak* and Joe Delauder on offense with Delauder also being recognized as a punter.  On defense tackle John Stone and LB Hank Wood represented Hayfield.  According to folks who graduated with Hank Wood, he was one the most physical and feared players throughout the area.


Hayfield's football fortunes would take a severe downturn from1980-82. According to a Washington Post Article from 1984, those three years of futility for Hayfield and other programs were as a result of the schools facing instability in the coaching ranks, lack of interest, little funding and small enrollments. A review of the record strongly suggests that the Hawks 1980 squad had a good defense as all of the games were close.  They were, however, shutout five times losing three games by 7-0 scores and the other two by 13-0 and 12-0 scores.

Having lost the last seven games of the year, the Hawks struggles would continue as they did not win a game in the 1981 and 82 seasons. The losing streak had reached 27 games. The Class of 1984 gave the Hayfield two prominent players; current head coach Roy Hill and future NFL pro Tony Mayberry. In 1983, the Hawks won their opening game of the season, defeating Langley on the road by the score of 14-6.
The team finished the season with a 4-6 record but they had "slayed the dragon" by putting an end to one of the toughest stretches any school could endure.

Tony Mayberry

The 1985 team featured Karl Borden, one of the top players in the region.  Borden received a full scholarship and would play at Virginia Tech, as the Hawks finished the season with a 5-3-2 record. While at Hayfield he was selected to the first team All-District/All-Region and Honorable Mention All-Met. The Hawks overall record from 1980-87 was a disheartening 18-60-3.

Karl Borden as Hawk in 1985 and as a member of Virginia Tech. (Note: Borden accumulated1,098 yards on 166 carries and 12 touchdowns (including a 90 yard touchdown run vs. West Potomac)).

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