Brambleton, Va. (August 28, 2014) – While Loudoun County High Schools don’t begin classes until next Tuesday, the Briar Woods Falcons football team already taught the Brooke Point Blackhawks a tough lesson with a 38-13 victory in the opening game for both teams.
In an unforgiving first half, Briar Woods passed and ran their way to a 35-0 lead that took all the drama out of the evening. Starting QB Jake Maffe was excellent, completing seven of his 11 passing attempts for 69 yards and four touchdowns. Brandon Polk was impossible for the Blackhawks to contain catching four of those passes, three of which went for touchdowns. The first half running game was also too much for the opposition to handle as RB Anthony Martinez galloped 166 yards and scored one touchdown on 11 carries.
The Falcons kicked off to start the contest, held the Blackhawks to a three-and-out after which the fireworks began. On the Falcons second play of the game Martinez burst through a gaping hole and didn’t stop until the 46 yards to the end zone was fully covered. K Jackson Funke then converted on the first of his five successful extra point attempts.
Brooke Point’s next possession was another three-and-out. The Falcons’ ensuing drive encompassed eight plays, capped by an eight yard TD pass, Maffe to Polk. The Blackhawks failed to get a first down on their third possession followed by Maffe finding Polk unguarded in the end zone 39 yards away from the line of scrimmage on the drive’s first play for the pair’s second TD pass. With 2:35 remaining in the first quarter the Falcons led 21-0.
Two second quarter touchdowns all but sealed the deal. Maffe threw to Polk for a three yard score and Birmingham for a one yard TD. Brooke Point was now playing for pride.
The Blackhawks and veteran coach Tom Buzzo, in his first year at Brooke Point, deserves the credit for tightening things up in the second half. The Falcons were not able score at will in the second stanza. Funke’s 32 yard field goal in the fourth quarter were the only points the Falcons were able to put on the scoreboard. A senior, the soccer-playing Funke, was kicking in his first-ever football game. He let his teammates know that kicking would again be a plus for the 2014 Falcons.
Meanwhile the Blackhawks managed two touchdowns of their own in the second half. QB Brock Carnes threw a scoring pass to Kai Russ from the 11 in the third quarter. With 10 second remaining on the clock he found Micah Harris for a pretty 34 yard scoring pass.
OLB Dominic Moore led the defense with nine tackles including one sack and one tackle-for-loss. CB Anthony Page and ILB Brandon Romero each had four solo tackles with six and five total tackles respectively. ILB Takiyul “Mississippi” Johnson had four tackles including one sack.
In his pregame speech, head coach Charlie Pierce told his team, “Now is the time for this team to write your book.” The entire room knew it was their job to write a fifth consecutive best-seller after four consecutive visits to a state championship game by Falcon teams that won the first three of them. After the game he congratulated the team. “The first chapter is written and it looks pretty good. The next chapter is going to be tougher to write.”
He was referring to next week’s matchup at 6A Colonial Forge who last year went deep into the playoffs. The Falcons beat Colonial Forge at home last season; this year they will be looking to return the favor.
Written by Viva Loudoun intern George Khalsa.