Reston, VA (September 14, 2015) – On the football field Briar Woods senior WR Josh Thomas is a big play waiting to happen. With third-and-14 on the 43, trailing South Lakes 20-17 with two minutes remaining in the game, the Falcons were in desperate need of a big play.
And there was J. Thomas running free down the right sideline. Junior QB De’Andre Thomas and the entire Falcons sideline spotted him. While players and coaches were frantically pointing, D. Thomas effortlessly lofted the ball 50-yards in the air, directly into the WR’s hands at the five. A few plays later, with just over a minute remaining in the contest, D. Thomas punched the ball into the end zone from two yards out and the Falcons left Reston with an exciting 24-20 victory, giving them a 1-2 record.
With a new quarterback and a new system installed over the summer, the Falcon offense has shown flashes of brilliance coming out of an otherwise inconsistent 2015 performance. While J. Thomas is the Falcons leading receiver with 10 catches for 119 yards in the first three games, he hasn’t been able to get the ball in space like he did last season when he scored six touchdowns including two on kickoff returns.
Josh is one of the fastest runners in Loudoun County having been named to the 2015 All-Loudoun Boys Track & Field Team in the 200 meters. His 4.41 time in the forty yard dash indicates how difficult it is to cover him man-to-man on deep patterns. De’Andre is the ideal quarterback for Josh to work with. He is quick and elusive with the ability to create time for himself in the pocket and has a very strong arm allowing him to easily throw a ball 50+ yards downfield. “With Josh’s speed, we’re going to connect on more these big plays,” he predicted.
Based on last season’s exploits has Josh already garnered two football scholarship offers from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Fairmont State University in West Virginia. “I would expect more offers for Josh,” said head coach Charlie Pierce. “You don’t come across his level of speed every day.” But there is more to Josh as Pierce points out. “Josh is easy to coach and he’s a great teammate. He’s one of the most popular players on the team. These character traits are very important to a college program.”
Article by George Khalsa
Special to Viva Loudoun