Ashburn, Va. (September 22, 2016) — It’s always a special Battle Of The ‘Burn when the Falcons of Briar Woods High School engage with the neighborhood rival Spartans of Broad Run High School from the other side of the Greenway for VivaLoudoun’s TopTicket Of The Week.
This time around will be a little extra special as the Battle Of The ‘Burn, for this night, morphs into the Battle For a Better Cause to raise awareness and funding in the fight against childhood cancer.
With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the neighboring communities served by the two schools are partnering with the Truth 365 campaign to raise money for research. See more details at
While we work hard to remedy the scourge that is kids enduring cancer, two sets of young men will be working hard to earn a big win on Broad Run’s gridiron – and a big win it would be. It always is when the Falcons and the Spartans match for a clash, but particularly given the courses of these teams’ seasons and their outlook for the stretch run. The slate of games isn’t even half done, and both Briar Woods and Broad Run have already taken a few turns on the roller coaster.
The visiting Falcons are 1-3 against a hyper-aggressive schedule loaded with Group 6A challengers. After kicking off the 2016 campaign with a shocking shutout of Tuscarora, Briar Woods has endured three narrow defeats by an average of under five points.
Senior quarterback Skyler Springs has assumed signal-calling duties with aplomb. He has a fast target in twin brother Samari, a senior wideout, and a big target in 6-foot-3 Marshall-commit Ben Maffe, who gets the ball in all sorts of scenarios. Alex Ronk is a QB-pursuing beast of a defensive lineman.
They’ll seek to snap their three-game losing streak down the road at the Spartans’ digs.
Meanwhile, homestanding Broad Run is 2-2, with a pair of overmatching blowouts sandwiching low-scoring setbacks. The season-opening drop to Potomac Falls was their first loss to the Panthers in one full decade.
The Spartans look to right the ship with a heavy running attack keyed by stud senior back Meech Hembry and run-first senior QB Ryan Braithwaite, and a senior-laden defense anchored by 290-pound lineman Erik Davenport.
The Falcons showed down with the Spartans twice last year. Broad Run took both, including a resounding blowout in the playoffs’ opening round. So what. Don’t matter. Different rosters, different personnel, different season – though the same time-tested head coaches in Broad Run’s Matt Griffis and Briar Woods’ Charlie Pierce.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
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