1. Stone Bridge High School -Ashburn, Va. Est. 2000
Head Coach: Mickey Thompson
Since its opening in 2000, Stone Bridge has been a very successful school athletically and in its third year the football team made it to the state semifinals. In 2007, despite moving up to AAA from AA, the football program was able to win the VHSL Division 5 title and bring a state championship home to Ashburn. The Bulldogs have finished state runner-up four times since 2005 and in three of the past four years. Stone Bridge’s consistency in the past decade has been staggering with 10 straight district titles and regional crowns eight times since 2002. All of this led MaxPreps to tab Stone Bridge the No. 4 dynasty in the state of Virginia since 2003, trailing only Phoebus, Oscar Smith and Westfield in the poll. Throughout the years, head coach Mickey Thompson has raised a fine crop of young men, many of which have gone on to play Division 1-A ball in college. Some have chosen smaller schools to continue their careers and one Virginia Tech standout in Ed Wang, who currently plays his football for the Philadelphia Eagles. Thompson has developed Stone Bridge into annual state championship contenders and a powerhouse in Virginia.
2. Briar Woods High School- Brambleton, Va. Est. 2005
Head Coach: Charlie Pierce
In 2007, Briar Woods entered the playoffs for the first time in the school’s short history and they wouldn’t look back from there. Winning state championships each of the past three seasons(2010, 2011, 2012) gives Briar Woods more state titles than any other school in the area. 2012 was by far the most impressive season as the boys defeated rivals Broad Run early en route to a 15-0 season. If it weren’t for the consistent success of Stone Bridge and number of college players produced, Briar Woods may have ranked No. 1. Now that Briar Woods is becoming a pipeline for college recruiting, we will start to see more Falcons succeed in college like those Bulldogs have.
3. Broad Run High School- Ashburn, Va. Est. 1969
Head Coach: Matt Griffis
In recent years the Broad Run Spartans have begun to rewrite the school’s football history. In 2006, Michael Burnett (now at Tuscarora) took over the head coaching job. In his first season they went to an even 5-5 record. The following year the Spartans would go a perfect 10-0 in the regular season and win the district title. Unfortunately they would be bounced out in the 1st round of the playoff by the next program on our list, Park View. In 2008, the Spartans would go an amazing 14-0 and win the school’s 1st state football title. 2009 brought us a repeat performance as they would end the season on 28-game win streak and repeat as Division 4 state champs.
4. Park View High School- Sterling, Va. Est. 1976
Head Coach: Ferris Eways
Park View High School leads the Dulles District in State Championships with 14 titles — only one of those championship teams played on the gridiron. The lone year the Patriots were able to grab the VHSL AA Division 4 state title was in 1988 and that was Loudoun’s first ever state football title. Since then the Patriots have only been able to flirt with the state playoffs but kept coming up short. For example, in 1999 and 2000 Mickey Thompson (now at Stone Bridge) and Charlie Pierce (now at Briar Woods) were able to lead Park View to state runner-up seasons in AA Division 4. After multiple switches in the coaching staff, the Patriots would again make some noise in the playoffs in 2007. The Patriots would have been higher on our chart but the program hasn’t claimed a regional title since 2000 and in that time frame, Stone Bridge, Briar Woods and Broad Run have combined for 13 regional titles.
Notable Alumni: Jeff Lageman- Class of ’85. Defensive End. Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.
Allen Pinkett- Class of ’82. Running Back. Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Houston Oilers.
5. Loudoun Valley High School- Purcellville, Va. Est.1962
Head Coach: Danny McGrath
Loudoun Valley hasn’t had the success as the other four programs but the Vikings have made nine playoff appearances since opening in 1962, the same number of playoff appearances by the county’s oldest school, Loudoun County, which opened in 1954. Over the years, Valley has less low points than County which suffered a rough patch last decade. Loudoun Valley has produced a proud alum in the form of Jimmye Laycock, class of 1966. Coach Laycock has coached at the College of William & Mary since 1980 and serves as the most successful coach in the college’s history.