Ashburn (Nov. 26, 2013) – Briar Woods High School rolled to its 17th consecutive postseason victory Friday night as senior quarterback Trace McSorley threw for five touchdowns and 377 yards in a 49-7 5A North quaterfinal romp past Mountain View.
The No. 3 seed Falcons, coming off three straight 4A state titles, will host surprising No. 7 Broad Run Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the 5A North semifinals. The Spartans (9-3) upset No. 2 Stone Bridge, 23-21, on Friday.
Earlier in the year, Briar Woods (11-1) shut out Broad Run, 34-0. The Spartans are the last local team to beat Briar Woods, 14-0 on Sept. 2, 2011. Since then, Briar Woods has won 40 of 41 games with the lone loss coming this season to North Stafford, 19-7. No. 4 North Stafford (11-2) is at No. 1 Massaponax (12-0) in the other 5A North semifinal.
In Friday’s win, McSorley (now an amazing 53-4 lifetime as a starter) threw for a career-best 25 completions on 33 attempts. Just shy of his career-best 35 attempts and 400 yards passing in a 45-16 win over Woodgrove this season.
Senior Melvin Holland, Jr., hauled in three TD receptions on the win, from 18, 1 and 60 yards. Holland, Jr., is now McSoreley’s second favorite TD target all-time with 12 scoring receptions, passing grad Devin Ramos (10) and trailing only grad Cam Serigne (23).
The Falcons, with much talk of a possible first ever Stone Bridge match-up this week, did not lose focus on Mountain View as they jumped out to a 42-7 halftime advantage and cruised home to victory.
McSorley hit junior Tristan Carter on an 8-yard TD and Holland, Jr., on an 18-yard play to make it 14-0 midway through the first quarter. Mountain View made it interesting briefly on a long TD from Eijah Burress to Quinton Gray that covered 64 yards but McSorely brought the Falcons quickly back, scoring two minutes later on a 33-yard TD to the speedy Polk.
The Falcons had eight backs combined for 158 yards on the ground on 30 carries with senior Chris Larco (1 yard) and junior Anthony Martinez (8 yards) scoring in the second quarter to pad the lead. McSorley’s 1-yard TD to Holland, Jr., with 1 second left in the first half was the final dagger.
Briar Woods out-gained Mountain View, 558 yards to 254, in the win. Burress was harassed into a 7 of 27 night for 117 yards.
Defensively the Falcons were led by junior Chris McMillian with six tackles and senior Mitch Krisfalusi and Larco each had four tackles.
The Vanderbilt commit McSorley has now thrown for 103 TDs in his 4-year high school career and more than 9,000 yards.