Ashburn, Va. (October 6, 2016) — There remain but three (3) (III) unbeatens in the 5A North region – and we’re about to see the only one in Loudoun County.
That sole local 5A unbeaten is the Panthers of Potomac Falls High School. Their opponent hosts for this Viva Loudoun TopTicket Of The Week is a program that knows a thing or two about going undefeated: The Huskies of Tuscarora High School, who went lossless in their first 13 challenges last year.
This is a big game – just like it was a big game last year, when the Huskies came back on the Panthers, striking for a TD in the final minute for a 21-20 mini-miracle in one of our best TopTickets of 2015.
Then, it was Tuscarora keeping its dreams of perfection alive. Now, it’s Potomac Falls (5-0, 2nd in 5A North with 29.2 powerpoints) with those same dreams.
The Panthers are rolling. After opening the campaign with their first win over Broad Run in a decade, Potomac Falls won a close one over neighborhood rival Dominion.
But the 31 combined points in those two victories is paltry compared to the 141 points the Panthers have amassed in three games since. Under former Shenandoah University head coach Paul Barnes, the Panthers have emerged as an offensive juggernaut.
Seniors help. Featured back Kash Jackson‘s hard running inside, complemented by wide receiver Kaevon Chase‘s speed burning outside, provide junior QB Hunter Lawall with experienced, athletic threats to tame Tuscarora’s defense.
Coming off their bye week, the Panthers’ll seek to stay sharp against a pack of Huskies (3-3, 11th in 5A North with 23.0 powerpoints) that’s chomping at the bit for this chance.
Since storming onto the local football landscape seven years ago, Tuscarora’s paced the rest of the county in on-field triumphs. Head coach Michael Burnett hasn’t yet claimed a state title like he did twice while leading Broad Run, but they were tantalizingly close both last year and the year before.
There’s a new guy behind center in promising sophomore quarterback Justin Allen, with a new target in sophomore wideout Taye Davis. Both sides of the ball are adeptly stabilized by senior linebacker/fullback Jeremy Sampson, an all-state defender from last year.
Whether this will be a late-fade rebuilding year, or a late-surge reloading year, for the Huskies will be decided in part by the outcome of this Viva Loudoun TopTicket Of The Week matchup versus the up-and-coming Panthers. It’s Week 7 of an 11-week journey to determine who makes the football playoffs, and who starts basketball practice. Follow the proceedings along with us as we live-tweet Panthers-vs-Huskies @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
for Viva Loudoun Media Communications