Ashburn, Va. (December 3, 2015) — It’s the championship before the championship. And even if it weren’t the only game in town, it would still be the Viva Loudoun Top Ticket Of The Week.
How could it not? It’s the suddenly surging Bulldogs of Stone Bridge High School ready for a dogfight with the kings of comeback, the Huskies of Tuscarora High School. It’s a shot at revenge for Stone Bridge and a chance for Tuscarora to show that it’s the Huskies who bear the standard in local high school football, not the Bulldogs.
It’s huge. Absolutely huge.
Technically, what we’ll be witnessing at Fortune Field on Friday night is the Region 5A North championship. But for all practical purposes, it’s a state semifinal, a Final Four game. If the Bulldogs win, they’ll be back in a state title tilt for the first time since 2012, seeking their first such crown since 2007. If the Huskies win, they’ll make their second consecutive appearance in a state championship contest, seeking absolute supremacy for the first time ever.
Like we said: Huge.
The two teams’ paths to this playoff showdown couldn’t be more different. Tuscarora is 13-0, took second in the 5A North region and haven’t put up less than 42 since Oct. 16 – including all of 63 in their knockout of North Stafford last time out. Stone Bridge had an uncharacteristic regular season with four losses, albeit against one of the toughest schedules anyone had to endure, but they got their groove back about five weeks ago and have been rolling ever since.
Heading into the Huskies’ den, the Bulldogs will not be fazed one bit. Last week, they went down to Fredericksburg and came home with a 50-49 win, upending the region’s No. 1 seed Massaponax – the second time the ‘Dogs have defeated a higher-seeded opponent in these playoffs. They’re 9-4, winners of five straight since the last time they ventured out Leesburg way…
…when the Huskies demolished them 42-19. But throw that out. This game will have both squads at full strength, both fanbases at full throttle and both coaching staffs on top of their games. It starts out 0-0 but it won’t stay that way long. There could be some 80 points between these two teams, easily. It could be basketball on turf, and it could come down to the last possession, the last play, the last tackle or touchdown.
This is going to be huge. Just huge.
Be part of the bigness along with us. We’ll be there with tag-team photogs (Steven Holland trained on the Bulldogs; Aaron Wyche focusing on the Huskies) with myself up in the box with the stats and descripts, heading down afterward for the postgame quotes. Keep up with the tweets @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
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