Ashburn, Va. (October 8, 2015) — For one team, the beat will go on. The other will just get beat.
The word “showdown” gets thrown around a lot (and usually I’m doing the throwing). But in the Viva Loudoun Top Ticket Of The Week this week, when you have 6-0 travelling to take on 4-1, when you have rampant offensive potency challenged by stingy defensive aggression, when you have one team perched atop Loudoun’s gridiron scene and the other working furiously to get there, then “showdown” really is the word to throw.
When last Viva saw the Panthers of Potomac Falls High School, they were in survival mode against their intra-Sterling rival Dominion, escaping with a 7-6 home win owing to a late-game botched extra point courtesy of the Titans. That little bit of luck ignited a streak which has persisted through three more wins, all by way more than one point.
To wit: The Panthers (4-1, 26.00 powerpoints for No. 7 in 5A North) took down Falls Church 62-14, dropped Langley 26-6 and dismissed Marshall 31-13 for the school’s best football start in more than half a decade. Head coach Jason Allen is winning the old-fashioned way, instilling a hard-nosed defense spearheaded by hefty linemen Malik Crowe and Owen Bolyard, with offense provided by running QB Brady Williams and sophomore standout Grant Misch.
But things get real again when the undefeated Huskies of Tuscarora High School roll into Panther Stadium. Not since Potomac Falls’ season-opening 21-point setback to Broad Run have the Panthers encountered a squad as explosive as the Huskies (6-0, 29.17 powerpoints for No. 4 in 5A North), led by senior quarterback Daniel Smith, whose right arm and two legs have collegiate programs taking note.
When last Viva saw Tuscarora, Smith engineered a game-winning touchdown drive to pull off a season-opening 6-point comeback win over Briar Woods. The Huskies’ sledding has been much easier since, lambasting five other opponents with 42.8 points per game. Tuscarora can be scored upon – as the six TDs they allowed to Centreville would show – but no one has been able to outscore them yet. If big thunder back James Douglas and little lightning back Taj Malave-Neely get away from Crowe and Crew too often, it’ll be another fine Friday for Husky head coach Michael Burnett and Co.
It’s the Huskies putting perfection on the line as the Panthers look to continue to climb, and it should be a tremendous showdown for the Viva Loudoun 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