Ashburn, Va. (September 17, 2015) — Maybe this year we should call them the Road Run Spartans.
While their new home field is still being built, the Spartans of Broad Run High School are building yet another fine season – nothing new. Undaunted by a seven-game road stretch to begin the campaign, three games in and the Spartans’ road-run has been a cake-walk.
They felled Potomac Falls by 21, whacked Wakefield by 34 and lambasted Langley by 24. The long trip has been a pleasure cruise so far. But they might be facing a road block this week.
On Friday, the 3-0 Spartans will load up a bunch of buses with “Loudoun County Public Schools” in big letters on the side, crammed with players and coaches and admins and fans. Those buses will rumble down Rt. 28 destined for a date with the 2-0 Wildcats of Centreville High School, inside one of the largest non-college stadiums in all Virginia.
It’s an intercounty border battle between Loudoun and Fairfax, and it matches up last year’s Group 6A state championship finalist against one of last year’s Group 5A North regional finalists.
It’ll also be an intriguing meeting of head coaches. Centreville’s Chris Haddock resurrected the Wildcat program when he took over in 2010, turning a three-win team into a thoroughly dominant state champion by 2013 – then nearly turning the same trick last year. Meanwhile, Broad Run’s Matt Griffis has taken over seamlessly for the Spartans’ previous regime, racking up a 45-18 mark in his sixth season leading the charge.
The Spartans are lead by junior quarterback Kyle Brickerd, who can throw it (20 completions on 48 throws at 19.1 yards per catch) but is mainly a runner (4 yards per carry on 40 carries with 6 TDs), and running back Meech Hembry (averaging 6.3 yards on his 35 rushes). Special teams has been just that for Broad Run, which has witnessed both Chris Moore and Clyde Bryson return kickoffs to the house.
For its part, Centreville is entering a two-week Loudoun sampler. After the Spartans on Friday, the Wildcats will venture to Leesburg to face Tuscarora next week in a duel of state runners-up.
Two of Virginia’s more successful programs of recent years will clash when the Centreville Wildcats host Loudoun’s own Broad Run (Road Run?) Spartans, and we’ll be there with the tweets, scores, stats, pics, stories and more as 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