Ashburn, Va. (October 22, 2015) — Last Friday, the Bulldogs of Stone Bridge High School knocked one rival out of the ranks of the local unbeatens, running all over Broad Run in an emphatic 27-13 home triumph that, quite possibly, saved Stone Bridge’s season.
This Friday, the big question is: Will they go on the road and repeat the trick? Will Stone Bridge – the standard-setter in Loudoun football for most these past 15 years – pop the perfection balloon of another local foe?
It’s a question that needs an answer, and we’ll get one Friday night in the Viva Loudoun Top Ticket Of The Week.
Like the Spartans before them, the Huskies of Tuscarora High School are undefeated and untied. It hasn’t been all clear sailing for Tuscarora (8-0, 30.88 powerpoints for No. 1 in 5A North), as they had to come from behind against Centreville, Briar Woods and Potomac Falls – those last two in ultra-dramatic, last-moments fashion – to avoid a more pedestrian 5-3 mark.
The Huskies’ QB is a cool customer by the name of Daniel Smith, and he has myriad options when he drops back or rolls out. He can find deep threats Nic Speroni or Jonathan Roebuck; he can hand off to big man James Douglas or fleet-footed Taj Malave-Neely; he can tuck it away and sprint. He’ll probably need to do all of the above to muster enough points to keep the Bulldogs at bay.
Stone Bridge (4-3, 27.43 powerpoints for No. 6 in 5A North) has played an absurdly tough schedule – Group 6A opponents Westfield, Robinson, Chantilly and McLean, and of course the previously perfect Spartans – that will only get tougher. After the Huskies comes 5-2 Potomac Falls, followed by a season-ending, playoff-priming Battle Of The ‘Burn showdown versus Briar Woods.
To avoid the program’s first late-season .500 record since the first season they ever played, the Bulldogs’ famous single-wing offense will rely on running back Joshua Breece. (Senior QB Joe Thompson is questionable with an ankle injury, though Stone Bridge was just fine, thanks, without their star signal-caller in the Broad Run game.) Chase Ridley gives the Bulldogs another home run hitter.
Every dog has his day. When the Bulldogs and Huskies meet for the first time ever in the regular season, whose bite will be worse than their bark? It’s the silver-and-blue versus the black-and-blue, and we’ll bring you the pics, stats, quotes, recaps and sights from Fortune Field in the northern hills of Leesburg as the Viva Loudoun Top Ticket Of The Week. Keep up with the tweets @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
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