Leesburg, Va. (September 18, 2014) – On Friday, September 12, the Loudoun Valley Vikings arrived at Tuscarora High School for a battle on the field with the Huskies in another meeting between the two football teams. The crowd was decked out in neon colors, as it was a “neon-out” for the Huskies’ annual tailgate game.
Valley received the first kick of the game, taking it down the field in one drive that lasted almost nine minutes, ending in a touchdown by Mason Koehler and a completed extra point by the Vikings. With 6:04 left in the first quarter, Loudoun Valley led Tuscarora 7-0. On the kick return, Tuscarora’s Jordan Fisher caught the ball and ran over thirty yards up-field. The next touchdown was a few plays later by Tuscarora’s Noah Reimers from the two and a half yard line, making the score 7-7.
Both the Vikings and the Huskies had multiple turnovers on downs, but both of their drives lasted long lengths of time, with nearly every one of Tuscarora’s drives turning into a touchdown.
“[There were] three times we didn’t score when we got the ball in the red-zone and I think that slowed us down. But I think in the second half we finished our drives and that’s the biggest difference,” said Tuscarora head coach Michael Burnett.
Noah Reimers led the Huskies with four touchdowns, with senior Jordan Fisher and sophomore Bryce Sorrell each scoring one touchdown for the Huskies. Kicker Finley Underhill completed four of his five kicks, and a two point conversion thrown by sophomore Ben Knuff to senior Riley Hartman put the Huskies on track for a score that was a multiple of seven.
“It [my touchdown] took a lot of hard work and I would give it up to my linemen. They really came through the whole drive and I can’t give all the credit to myself,” said Bryce Sorrell, who wears the number 23 for Tuscarora.
Towards the end of the fourth quarter, the Vikings selected kicker Aaron Peart to kick a 53 yard field goal, which ended up curving to the right and missing the goalpost by hitting the sidelines near the 10 yard line.
The game ended 42-7 with the Huskies extending their win streak to three games with a record of 3-0 and the Vikings becoming 1 and 1 this season. The Huskies beat Kettle Run 40-7 and Woodgrove 41-7 in their other two games this season while the Vikings beat James Wood High School 38-0 last week.
Next week, the Loudoun Valley Vikings face off against Potomac Falls High School at home while the Huskies trek out to Martinsburg High School in West Virginia.
Written by Viva Loudoun intern Hanna Duenkel.