Broad Run ran Centreville off their own field with 482 yards of offense – all on the run.
Final score –
Broad Run Spartans (4-0) 20 14 0 7 = 41
Centreville Wildcats (2-1) 7 7 14 7 = 35
1 / 11:06 – Broad Run TD (Kyle Brickerd 17-yd run; Will Sherman kick)
1 / 10:51 – Centreville TD (Jameel Siler 75-yd pass to Kyle Richbourg; Sean Tilliard kick)
1 / 9:09 – Broad Run TD (Meech Hembry 50-yd TD run; Will Sherman kick)
1 / 0:00 – Centreville TD (Jameel Siler 10-yd TD pass to Jullian Garrett; Sean Tilliard kick)
2 / 11:10 – Broad Run TD (Meech Hembry 6-yd TD run; Will Sherman kick)
2 / 5:00 – Centreville TD (Jameel Siler 1-yd TD run; Sean Tilliard kick)
2 / 4:14 – Broad Run TD (Meech Hembry 68-yd TD run; Will Sherman kick)
3 / 11:44 – Broad Run TD (Meech Hembry 66-yd TD run; Will Sherman kick)
3 / 3:22 – Broad Run TD (Clinton Kumi 2-yd TD run; Will Sherman kick)
4 / 11:55 – Broad Run TD (Clinton Kumi 22-yd TD run; Will Sherman kick)
4 / 10:12 – Broad Run TD (Meech Hembry 8-yd TD run; Will Sherman kick)
Centreville High School, Clifton, Va. (September 11, 2015) — I know I’m a writer and all, and one of my passions is using words to bring alive the drama and skill of a well-played game of high school football.
For Friday’s Broad Run Spartans‘ 56-21 punishment of Group 6A state runner-up Centreville in the Wildcats‘ own den, that long column of scoring plays you see above pretty much tells the story for me.
Meech Hembry served as narrator.
The junior running back gashed the Centreville defense, hitting the next level time and again with speed that the Wildcat defensive backs could not match. Running through hole after gaping hole, Hembry gained more than 20 yards, on average, every time he touched the ball. He was handed the ball 12 times and took it the distance on five.
“The offensive line did their job. That’s all I have to say,” said Hembry, asked about the secret to the Spartans’ overwhelming offensive success.
For good measure, Hembry the cornerback snagged an interception.
“He did a tremendous job. He makes people miss and at the same time he’s gonna run you over,” said Broad Run head coach Matt Griffis, who jokingly referred to his star back as “my hero.”
“The key to the game, for me, was ‘get Meech the ball.'”
Hembry had a running mate in junior quarterback Kyle Brickerd – but calling him a “quarterback,” with that word’s association with the concept of passing, isn’t really telling the story. The future University of Maryland lacrosse player completed as many passes as I did, though he did attempt six more than I tried. Brickerd did not toss the ball at all in the second half, though he did author eight rushes of greater than 10 yards, including a 57-yarder and a 51-yarder.
The boisterous throng of Broad Run fans who made the trip went back to Ashburn very happy.
Under a warm, cloudless sky on the pristine artificial turf at William E. Trussell Jr. Stadium, the clash of the Group 5A Loudoun stalwart versus the Group 6A Fairfax powerhouse began as a track meet, coalesced into a wrestling match, then the Spartans went back to track while the Wildcats, frankly, couldn’t get out of their own way.
The Wildcats won the coin toss, but their strategy of receiving first backfired when the receiver dropped the kick. The Spartans graciously accepted their hosts’ welcoming gift when Brickerd went veering to his left, finding open field for the score.
Centreville responded even quicker, equalizing on their first play when a short pass turned into a long touchdown gallop. Broad Run anted up again when Hembry first moved into the house on a 50-yarder up the gut.
Three touchdowns in under three minutes. Track meet.
The Wildcats got even on the last play of the first frame when junior quarterback Jameel Siler threw over a blitz for a score. It took a whole 50 seconds for the Spartans to grab their lead back, courtesy Hembry and his good friends on the offensive line. So, naturally, the home team followed suit, as Siler spun away from the Spartans’ goal-line stand and onto paydirt.
Blackjacks wild at 21-21 with under five minutes in a wild first half. But that’s the last time the light bulbs under the Wildcats’ side of the scoreboard needed to change.
Meanwhile, Hembry busted off a 68-yard scoring scamper in a carbon copy of his earlier 50-yarder. Then he did pretty much the same thing on the very first play after halftime. After that it was Clinton Kumi‘s turn to take a few swims through an increasingly porous defense for a pair of TDs before Hembry added the finishing touch: A short TD jaunt set up by his own 36-yard run to the red zone.
That final scoring drive was made possible by a Broad Run fumble recovery.
Among the Spartans’ defensive standouts, Chris Moore – soon destined to play in the secondary for the University of Virginia – expertly stepped in front of his opponent to haul in a pick.
“That was a great win,” Griffis said. “Our kids came in with confidence – and when you’re dealing with high school males, it’s all about confidence – and played their tails off. Great job on defense…. We were a team.”
Turnovers were highly significant (like turnovers tend to be). Centreville committed three more after the game-opening kickoff drop, including a devastating pick in the end zone to destroy a deep drive well into the red zone. The interceptor was, of course, Hembry.
“I saw the tight end come out, so I knew it was a pass. He didn’t block down like he was going to the linebacker, so I read it,” said Hembry. Siler was shaken up on the previous play, leaving interception-throwing duties on 4th and 6 from the 14 to backup Ethan Bae.
Though both sides were penalized plenty – the Spartans were hit with nine flags, two of the 15-yard variety – the Wildcats’ self-destructed with unforced offensive-line infractions throughout the second half. Siler was not helped by a plethora of dropped passes by his receivers.
Broad Run is rolling after four high-scoring routs to open the season. Though without a home contest until Week 8, the Spartans will get a shorter bus ride next Friday when they face off with intra-Ashburn foe Briar Woods. The Spartans got past the Falcons 17-15 in a region semifinal last year.
Fans of Loudoun football haven’t heard the last of the Wildcats. They’ll lick their wounds and make the trip to Leesburg next Friday to battle Tuscarora in a challenge of last season’s Group 6A and 5A state runners-up.
Broad Run stats –
Rushing: Meech Hembry 12-241, 5 TDs; Kyle Brickerd 13-186, 1 TD; Clinton Kumi 8-57, 2 TDs; Corey Phillips 2-(-2)
Passing: Kyle Brickerd 0 of 6 for 0
Centreville stats –
Rushing: Julian Garrett 14-95; Kyle Richbourg 9-35; Daiquan Thompson 5-29; Tyler Gambone 3-17; Chase Burch 2-3, Thomas Joffray 1-(-5); Jameel Siler 5-(7), 1 TD
Passing: Jameel Siler 6 of 13 for 130, 2 TDs, 1 INT; Ethan Bae 0-1 for 0, 1 INT
Receiving: Kyle Richbourg 2-82, 1 TD; Julian Garret 2-21, 1 TD; Kobie Turner 1-20; Thomas Joffray 1-7
Other scores –
Rock Ridge 26, Park View 21
John Champe 40, Loudoun Valley 13
Heritage 47, Freedom 7
Woodgrove 40, Dominion 0
Potomac Falls 26, Langley 6
Tuscarora 28, Oakton 14
Stone Bridge 42, Chantilly 28
West Potomac 29, Briar Woods 27
John Paul the Great 45, Riverside 12
Off-week for: Loudoun County
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