A crosstown shootout may ensue between senior slingers Brady Williams, left, of Potomac Falls and Scotty Forbes of Dominion. Or it may not. (Photo © Viva Loudoun)
Ashburn, Va. (September 3, 2015) — Two teams from schools just two-and-a-half miles away (as the Panther prowls or the Titan stomps) meet on the gridiron for the third time in just 12 months, and still no one knows how it’s going to go.
After a good – no, actually, for Week 1, a great – game between Tuscarora and Briar Woods to open VivaLoudoun’s Top Ticket football coverage for 2015, there’s every reason to think we’ll have another one for this week’s TT.
Last year, one of the most competitive and entertaining football games this reporter saw (at any level) was the early-season Algonkian Parkway grudge match between the Titans of Dominion High School and the Panthers of Potomac Falls High School. Give it a quick read.
(Which made the 27-0 thumping Potomac Falls laid on Dominion on the Titans’ own territory 10 weeks later even more surprising.)
So they meet again. The game will be…well, I have no idea. It’s usually like that between these two programs, and word is that both sides have as much quality depth as they’ve had in a while.
Intriguing matchup of head coaches, with the unflappable Karl Buckwalter – one of the most experienced program leaders now coaching in Loudoun – matching wits yet again with Jason Allen, who has the Panthers on the climb in his third year at the helm.
Allen seems the paragon of the younger coach bursting with ideas and ambition, now seeing some of those come to fruition. Buckwalter, formerly the head man for both McLean and Colonial Forge, can appear stoic and wax philosophic, though he’s been no less effective at crafting a respectable program despite a comparatively low-enrollment school. He’s got long-tossing senior Scotty Forbes running his offense, facing a beefy, muscular Panther defensive line of 290-pound Malik Crowe, play-wrecker Dondrea Tillman and athletic linebacker Justin Robles trying to keep him from getting the ball to senior Titan wideouts Derrick Kouame, Brandon Ruffin and Luke Thompson.
It’s the best game around this Friday night, and we’ll be there to show-and-tell you all about it in VivaLoudoun’s Top Ticket Of The Week. Stay on top of the action @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
for Viva Loudoun Media Communications