Ashburn, Va (October 22, 2014) – It’s tough to be a #2 quarterback. When #1 is taking the team to the state championship game every year and putting up some of the best QB numbers in the history of VHSL football, there is nothing you can do but be patient.
Jake Maffe had to be patient as he watched Trace McSorley, now the #2 quarterback at Penn State, take the Briar Woods Falcons to four consecutive state championship games. Maffe was in eighth grade for the first one and on the freshman team for the second, both victories. But as a sophomore and junior he saw only limited time on the field as the Falcons won the championship in 2012 and was the runner-up in 2013.
This season Jake is #1. He’s putting up excellent numbers and the Falcons stand at 5-1, the same record they had last season at this point.
Last Friday evening Maffe led the Falcons to perhaps their most important victory of the season, a 28-21 win against Ashburn rival Broad Run Spartans (4-3) at the Spartans home field. There were a number of things riding on this game. Perhaps most important is Ashburn bragging rights. Broad Run dropped a close game to Stone Bridge earlier this season so they need a win to stay in contention for the unofficial Ashburn high school football championship. Last season Broad Run lost an overtime thriller to Briar Woods in a playoff game on the Falcons’ home turf. The outcome of this game might determine home field should the two teams meet again in the 2014 playoffs. And finally, this game will indicate which Ashburn team has the best opportunity to get to a championship game at the University of Virginia.
From the beginning, Maffe had the full confidence of his teammates, especially the receivers. From the first day of training camp in August, wide receivers Brandon Polk and Tristan Carter have been enthusiastic about catching Maffe’s passes. Maffe explains, “We’ve been playing together for three years in seven-on-sevens. We know each other very well.” Maffe’s 2014 stat line attests to that. He has completed 73 of his 125 pass attempts for 1,148 yards and 14 touchdowns against just six interceptions. If anything, he seems to be getting more comfortable with each game. “The first game was going 100 miles-per-hour,” he said. “Things have slowed down.”
Credit the offensive line with improving their pass protection since their loss in game #2 against Colonial Forge. Offensive linemen Jon Hirsch said, “We had some problems picking up the blitz against Colonial Forge. I think we’ve worked that out.”
Despite having to stand on the sidelines for two seasons before getting his starting shot Maffe says, “I’m so happy I’ve been at Briar Woods instead of anywhere else.” The coaching staff appreciates the sacrifice Maffe made.
“Every athlete wants to be out on the field playing,” said head coach Charlie Pierce. “Jake is an excellent high school quarterback. At most of the schools we’ve played he would have been a two or three year starter. But he was always positive, always to looking to improve himself and the team. I’m very proud of him.”
Offensive coordinator Jared Develli adds, “Jake is an excellent game manager. He has a great arm and he stays cool under pressure.”
Maffe and the Falcons withstood the pressure of a relentless Broad Run team who were just 11 yards away from sending the game into overtime when their final possession ended 40 seconds before the final whistle. Maffe’s post game comment: “Everybody did their job tonight, just the way we’ve been coached. This was a full team effort,”
Article submitted by George Khalsa