Viva Loudoun High School Intern
(Nov. 14, 2013) – The Stone Bridge High School football team ended the regular season on a good note by clinching the Liberty District tittle for the ninth year in a row. The team ended the with a 7-0 regular season district record (8-2 overall) after playing Fairfax and Thomas Jefferson high schools and are now setting their sights on the playoff prize.
“Winning the district is a big stepping stone; it shows that the changes are effective. We just need to keep getting better the next couple of weeks for playoffs,” Bulldogs coach Mickey Thompson said.
Fairfax didn’t go down without a fight, playing tough throughout the game and leading in the 4th quarter with a good passing game from QB Nick Scott to WRs Jabril Carrier, Max Kavaljian, and Jason Monroe. Stone Bridge also brought their A-game with good rushing nights from Sterling Dailey (31 for 175 yds), Collin Buckley (13 for 66 yds), and D’Ante Yarborough. QB Joe Thompson threw 6 completions in 10 attemps for 82 yards.
The Bulldogs swept the district with a win in their final regular season game over Thomas Jefferson Colonials, 35-6. The game featured major runs by Dailey (14 carries for 109 yds) and catches by Yarborough (8 catches for 98 yds) along with scoring plays by Buckley and FB James Manning.
“It feels great making a touchdown because I’m usually a defensive player, I haven’t made a touchdown since freshman year,” Manning said.
The Liberty clench felt even sweeter for the seniors as they celebrated their Senior Night and last time playing in the regular season.
“Winning the district for the fourth time is awesome especially since its Senior Night,” Manning said. “Another plus is that we get home field advantage.”
Now that the Liberty win is behind them, the team now has another mountain to conquer: playoffs. Stone Bridge is a No. 2 seed in the 16-team 5A North playoffs with Briar Woods No. 3, Tuscarora No. 4 and Broad Run No. 7.
“Briar Woods is one of the best teams in the area right now; we need to get in a position so we can be good enough to play teams like that,” Thompson said.
Stone Bridge is in position to face Ashburn rival in the second round after facing R.E. Lee in the first round and then a possible match-up with Briar Woods awaits in three weeks.
“Come Thanksgiving Briar will be one of our competitors, they are the biggest physically and in every aspect such a great team,” Manning said.