Ashburn, Va. (November 5, 2015) — We’ve got an embarrassment of riches in the final Friday of the regular season, with rivalries and intrigue aplenty. We had a tough time deciding on which should be the Viva Loudoun Top Ticket Of The Week – but we think we made a good call.
The schedule is littered with good ones. You’ve got perfection-seeking John Champe being challenged by a capable Freedom crew. You’ve got the Broad Run Spartans looking to right their ship versus their old ball coach now leading undefeated Tuscarora. You’ve got a Leesburg duel with Loudoun County smashing helmets with Heritage, and a Sterling skirmish with Park View taking on Dominion. You’ve got a playoff-implicating Battle Of The ‘Burn, as Stone Bridge squares off against Briar Woods.
You’ve got a lot. And we’ll bring you the scores and pics from a lot of the above. But there can be only one Top Ticket…and the one we’ve got for you should be a great one: It’s the Vikings of Loudoun Valley High School (7-2, 25.0 powerpoints for 11th in 4A West) in a crosstown showdown with the Wolverines of Woodgrove High School (8-1, 29.0 powerpoints for 4th in 4A West).
The Wolverines, under veteran coach Mike Skinner, are putting together another fine campaign, led by a band of giants at the line in Hunter Smith, Wes Hoffer, Jake Wernle and Virginia Tech-bound Clay Dean. They protect a shifty, speedy backfield of senior running back Charlie Clewis and junior quarterback Mike Kovich, who’ve propelled Woodgrove to video-game point totals: 63 on Rock Ridge, 53 on Park View, 49 on Heritage, 40 on Dominion, 56 on County…and so on. Only once did the Wolverines muster fewer than 31, and that was the season opener against Champe in their sole setback.
The Vikings, under alumnus Anthony Long, are likewise stringing up another winning season, led by Mr. Everything, Trey McDyre. Not only does the big, fast kid play basketball and baseball pretty darn well for Valley, he does just about everything on the football field too. He returns kicks, he can kick, he can take handoffs, he can catch passes, and with his shortstop’s arm, he can probably throw it pretty good too. But QB Nick Kallivokas is the signal-caller, and he has fellow junior Duron Norris as a weapon on the outside. Points haven’t been much of a problem for them either, as Valley has crested the 33-point mark seven times.
For Valley, a win would provide a huge boost up the standings, possibly into the coveted Top 8 for whom a home game opens the second season. For the ‘Grove, a win could keep some distance from 5th-place Sherando and 6th-place Pulaski – both breathing down the Wolverines’ necks – and keep them at home for potentially the first and second rounds, maybe more.
This is a gridiron tilt about town bragging rights, about strong finishes, about important postseason positioning, and about who’s got the meanest green. Let’s head to Purcellville and find out how the West is won. Stay on top of all the updates @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
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