Ashburn, Va. (October 28, 2016) — So let’s get this straight: Stone Bridge beat Tuscarora, Tuscarora beat Potomac Falls, Potomac Falls beat Broad Run, and Broad Run beat Stone Bridge. Okay.
(Not to be out-weirded, but Briar Woods – currently fifth of the five Potomac District competitors – beat Tuscarora…who beat possibly the state’s best team Centreville. Okay.)
So, since SB > T > PF > BR > SB = WTH, what happens when The Bridge goes over to The Falls?
It’s a score we’ll settle near the banks of the big river on Friday, when the Panthers of Sterling’s Potomac Falls High School will play host to those Bulldogs of Ashburn’s Stone Bridge High School for a penultimate reg-season clash.
It’ll decide if the ‘Dogs stay in the hunt for the Potomac District title – a remarkable achievement for whomever’s the ultimate winner in this talent-rich season of Loudoun football – or if the Panthers have to claw even more to grab their first title in a while.
It was 2008 when then-Group AA Potomac Falls rolled out to seven straight conquests, outscoring them by 216 points before a 38-0 defeat to Broad Run, who later beat them almost as badly in the playoffs. Right now is arguably the Panthers’ best all-around team since, under first-year head coach (but 11-year head coach at Shenandoah University) Paul Barnes.
Stone Bridge football has always won more than lost, usually a lot more. But this year when the Bulldogs win, it’s with excellent play on both sides of the ball. There’s the characteristic crazy offense which has confused defenses for going on two decades, grinding yards and mixing in big plays. But this year Stone Bridge’s only-ever head coach Mickey Thompson says he’s relying on his defenders to pile on the Ws.
The kind of parity – good parity, the kind of parity where every team is good – achieved by the five-school Potomac District this year is…LoCo. Check Loudoun in the:
Region 5A North – Powerpoint Standings
2. Potomac Falls (7-1, 255-123) – 91.0
3. Broad Run (6-2, 197-87) – 89.7
4. Stone Bridge (6-2, 261-92) – 89.6
7. Briar Woods (4-5, 261-203) – 80.5
8. Tuscarora (4-5, 219-201) – 80.0
They’re five of the best, and on Friday night in the land of the Algonkian, we’ll see two of the best of those five. Come on out, then enjoy all the photos, tweets, stats and info all about it on Viva Loudoun’s TopTicket Of The Week. Livetweeting the game @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
for Viva Loudoun Media Communications