Ashburn, Va. (September 15, 2016) — It’s an oldschool-vs-newschool showdown, and only one competitor can get this coveted win. Whichever team gets it will definitely have earned it.
The Phoenix of Rock Ridge High School (1-2) is building. The Patriots of Park View High School (1-2) are re-building. They’ll square off in Sterling Park on Friday night as our Viva Loudoun TopTicket of the Week to see who puts another brick in their wall.
Park View is looking to rekindle the glory days of yesteryear, back when Patriots – not Bulldogs or Huskies or Wolverines or Knights or Vikings or Spartans or Falcons, but Patriots – set the standard for football excellence among Loudoun’s high schools. Pursuing this mission is veteran head coach Mick Mullins, who took over a team of zero wins in 2014, led Park View to two triumphs in 2015 and is fighting for more in 2016.
The Pats boast an experienced backfield tandem in quarterback Adam Thorne and running back Niko Hopkins. They have an impressive two-way peformer in linebacker/wideout Caleb Donofrio, and they have a 280-pound human being named Ken Coopwood who just transferred in as a lineman and fullback.
Park View just might be startin’ somethin’.
The Phoenix have been startin’ somethin’ since Rock Ridge’s football program opened for business two seasons ago. The Birds are blessed with their own accomplished veteran coach in Tony Tallent, and he’s got some talent to work with. Eric Vivian is a dangerous running back. Syed Qadri is a dependable two-way contributor at fullback and linebacker. Senior Will Camire and 6-foot-4 sophomore Chico Bennett anchor the wide receiver corps.
Players and coaches on both sides have got to have this game circled. This is a huge chance at a big win and neither wants to come up empty. One of these two teams will equal its victory total of a year ago, with plenty of season remaining to make it even better. Follow along with VivaLoudoun’s TopTicket Of The Week as we live-tweet the proceedings on Twitter @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
for Viva Loudoun Media Communications