Ashburn, Va. (November 19, 2015) — Stone Bridge. Broad Run. Battle Of The ‘Burn, for keeps this time. Need we say more?
No, but here goes. Halloween may be three weeks in the rear-view, but we’re getting a treat anyway: An all-Ashburn Region 5A North quarterfinal between the Spartans of Broad Run High School and the Bulldogs of Stone Bridge High School for this week’s playoff episode of the Viva Loudoun Top Ticket Of The Week.
It’ll be a chance for Broad Run (8-3, 30.3 powerpoints for 4th in 5A North) to show off its brand-new easy-to-use synthetic-surface football field to their neighborhood rivals from Stone Bridge (7-4, 29.7 powerpoints for 5th in 5A North). The Spartans believe that’s not all they have in store for their guests.
Recent editions of this storied rivalry have slanted Stone Bridge’s way. Last month, the Bulldogs trampled the Spartans’ dreams with a 27-13 decision, hanging the first L on Broad Run in their seventh game. The prior year, Stone Bridge was again Broad Run’s initial setback, making the plays for a 17-9 Bulldog win.
Same story in ’13, when the Spartans’ first defeat came courtesy Stone Bridge in a decisive 33-14 Battle Of The ‘Burn. Broad Run got even with the campaign’s final salvo, though: They nipped the Bulldogs 23-21 in that year’s regional quarterfinal playoff.
It’s the two oldest Ashburn schools’ first postseason gridiron meeting since that narrow Spartan victory – and it’s an intriguing matchup of two head coaches: Broad Run’s Matt Griffis versus his old boss, Stone Bridge’s Mickey Thompson, himself squaring off against the program he suited up for in high school.
Both coaches are offensive experts, and both have quarterbacks (Stone Bridge’s Joe Thompson and Broad Run’s Kyle Brickerd) able to execute their instructions. Both teams have explosive running backs (Broad Run’s Meech Hembry and Stone Bridge’s Joshua Breece) and both are coming off lopsided wins (Spartans 44-17 over Briar Woods; Bulldogs 49-13 over Orange) to open the second season.
Both want this W bad.
Winner goes on. Loser goes home. We’re going into battle in Ashburn, and for one side, this one’s gonna hurt. Follow this Battle of the ‘Burn game with us in Viva Loudoun’s Top Ticket of the Week @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
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