Ashburn, Va. (October 20, 2016) — See the computerized rankings of the Virginia High School League’s Region 5A North? See how five (5) of the first (1st) seven (7) are from right here in Loudoun? See how much butt our area’s teams are kicking?
It’s easy to see. The numbers don’t lie. The Potomac District (a.k.a. Conference 14) is, far and away, the toughest, most grueling slate of gridiron contests a team could hope to endure. Now let’s see how two of those lofty locals fare when pitted against each other…again.
The Bulldogs of Stone Bridge High School are 5-2, fourth in 5A North with 89.6 powerpoints. They’ve won four of their last five, but are coming off losing an emotional, fiercely competed Battle Of The ‘Burn last Friday. The Bulldogs managed just seven points versus Broad Run (third in the region with 90.6 powerpoints, BTW), four full touchdowns below the 35-point-per-game average they entered with.
Versus the Huskies, expect something closer to 35 than to 7. Senior QB Easton Turner throws a nice ball, and senior RB Joshua Breece doesn’t need much of a hole to explode through. Junior FB Bradley Block earns some of the most needed yards, running behind an experienced offensive line led by senior captain Dillon Carey.
Points were easy to come by a season ago, when Tuscarora and Stone Bridge split a pair of meetings. The Huskies crushed the Bulldogs 42-19 in Leesburg in their previous regular-season date, though the Ashburn kids took their revenge in the playoffs with a 54-41 state semifinal win. But those teams were different from these teams, with college-level quarterbacks since moved on.
The Huskies of Tuscarora High School are 5-3, seventh in 5A North with 79.8 powerpoints. They’ve won four straight after a 1-3 start, most recently an easy 41-6 triumph over Edison in their third consecutive home game. Last time they hit the road was for an impressive win over Centreville, and they already own a very valuable win over one-loss Potomac Falls (second in the region with 93.3 powerpoints).
Sophomore QB Justin Allen has the reins of the Tuscarora offense, with pressure taken off by junior RB Jaylon Lundy. Senior WR Bryce Sorrell is among Allen’s main targets, and the young signal-caller works behind an experienced offensive line led by senior Chris Caylor.
The annual matchup between the Bulldogs and the Huskies is typically a dogfight, and this showdown should get the fur flying. See for yourself as we live-tweet this Viva Loudoun TopTicket Of The Week @VivaLoudoun.
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Written by Jason S Rufner
for Viva Loudoun Media Communications