Ashburn, Va. (November 3, 2016) — It’s the ‘Kings of the Valley tackling the Wolverine Machine for a Friday Night Lights showdown with implications in Region 4A West – not to mention in the quiet Western Loudoun town of Purcellville.
It’s the Vikings of Loudoun Valley High School taking the very short bus ride a couple miles north to venture into the den of the Wolverines of Woodgrove High School. It’s green-and-blue clashing with green-and-gold. It’s a once-a-year rivalry tilt that takes the best graduates of the Western Loudoun Youth Football League, scales them up big and pits them against each other. It’s always an emotional meeting, and it’s definitely a good one to end (the regular season) on.
The Wolverines are scoring outrageous amounts of points, as though they were playing pinball. Woodgrove has averaged 46.8 points per contest – 55.4 if you only look at their last five. They’ve won every game by at least 10 points (usually much more) and it’s been six full weeks since they put up less than 50. That’s right.
That silly-string of ridiculous offensive numbers has come largely thanks to a trio of seniors who’ve paved Woodgrove’s way.
Quarterback Mike Kovich has accounted for 36 Wolverine touchdowns, a nice even average of four TDs per football game. Nineteen of those tallymarkers were thrown through the air, with eight of those nabbed by Kovich’s primary pass-catching partner since Pop Warner ball, Mason Gryniuk, who by a wide margin is Woodgrove’s leading receiver.
The third gear in the Wolverines’ senior-laden machine is running back Chima Kpaduwa, who’s already surmounted the 1,000-yard plateau while garnering 12 touchdowns.
Those three have never lost a football game to Loudoun Valley. As for their upperclass counterparts on the Vikings, that fine set of seniors must be more than a little tired of losing to their next-door neighbors.
In the two schools’ first-ever meeting, back in 2010, the Vikings romped over the newborn Wolverines 51-0. Woodgrove has swept the series since, winning five in a row including last year’s 28-8 decision at Valley.
The Vikings have their own set of seniors seeking to snap that unwanted streak. Quarterback Nick Kallivokas is the same sort of throw-it-or-run-it weapon that Kovich is for Woodgrove, though he’s more prone to throw for TDs (16) than run for them (2). Four times he’s led Valley above the 40-point threshold.
Tall, speedy wideout Duron Norris is a longball threat on the outside with 12 TD catches to his name, while Tyler Hunt – with his 15 rushing touchdowns – has developed a nose for the end zone.
It’s gonna be a big one staged in the rolling Loudoun foothills, and it’s a magnificent conclusion to a fantastic regular season. Play along with us as we live-tweet the P’ville tilt @VivaLoudoun.
(You know how the Potomac District (Conference 14) is making a mockery of the Region 5A North standings, what with all five teams taking up residence in the regional top-10? Well, it’s a similar story for our locals in the Dulles District (Conference 21). Check it out below. Updated standings at VHSL-Reference.com.
Region 4A West – Powerpoint Standings
1. Woodgrove (9-0, 421-126) – 30.89
5. Dominion (7-2, 250-118) – 28.44
9. Loudoun Valley (7-2, 294-160) – 25.22
11. Champe (6-3, 277-172) – 24.89
12. Heritage (6-3, 242-216) – 24.78)
VivaLoudoun: We Live For Loudoun™
Written by Jason S Rufner
for Viva Loudoun Media Communications