Ashburn, VA (September 10, 2015) – The 0-2 Briar Woods Falcons go into Friday evening’s matchup against South Lakes High having won just one of their last six games dating back to week nine of the 2014 season. A four year veteran of the Falcon football program senior lineman and team captain Jake Serigne is confident his team will turn the corner starting Friday night.
Coming off an 8-4 record in 2014 that for the Falcons was an off year, the program was presented a 2015 schedule that was as difficult as any team in the Commonwealth would face. The first three games of the season are away games. That’s a tough enough challenge. The first three opponents only make that challenge more difficult. The opening game for the 5A Falcons was against Tuscarora, the 5A state championship runner up with a 14-1 record in 2014. Game two in Lorton, VA was perennial 6A powerhouse South County coming off a 10-2 season. The Falcons lost both of them. While South Lakes may not have the pedigree of Tuscarora or South County, they are a 6A school that tends to be loaded with great athletes. This game will be no cakewalk.
Despite the 0-2 record, Serigne says he “doesn’t remember a time where the team has practiced so hard and with so much focus.”
“For what we’ve gone through, our attitude is about as good as it can be,” he said.
Serigne’s attitude has always been his strong point. Head coach Charlie Pierce describes Serigne as “a dependable leader on and off the field. He has overcome a lot of adversity through sheer determination. He’s a very impressive young man.”
The adversity Pierce is referring to has been three years of playing through injuries to both shoulders. “I’d play a couple games and then a shoulder would go out.” Because the shoulders were constantly injured, Serigne has not been able to maintain an ongoing program of upper body weight training. You wouldn’t know that from looking at him. At 6-4, 260 pounds Serigne is large even for a football player. 2015 is the first year he has played without injury and he’s enjoying the experience.
“Jake is a major contributor to this team both on offense and defense,” Pierce asserts. “He’s very strong and has good instincts for how a play should be run. I’m happy for him that he can finally play without pain. I’m happy for us that we can put him out there.”
Serigne’s formula for his team’s return to the winner’s circle is simple. “We’ve been focused since the beginning of training camp. We have a lot of young players. Now we need to learn to finish. Finish games, finish every play.”
Over the past five years the Falcons have compiled an astounding 20-2 record in the playoffs. “We have to forget about the past,” says Serigne. We’re going to establish our own identity. Our goal is to win the next game. That’s it.”
Article by George Khalsa
Special to Viva Loudoun