High School Intern
(Nov. 22, 2013) – The Stone Bridge High School football team swooped through the first round of playoffs swiftly defeating the Robert E. Lee Lancers, 55-7, last Friday. Winning in the playoffs is nothing new for the Bulldogs which now prepares for tonight’s 7 p.m. 5A North quarterfinal battle with rival Broad Run and a possible regional semifinal date after Thanksgiving with Ashburn power Briar Woods.
“Robert E. Lee is good on the offense so I’m proud that we gave a great game defensively, especially in the secondary,” Stone Bridge head coach Mickey Thompson said.
Stone Bridge played an extremely aggressive game on the offense with four touchdowns in the first quarter alone. What stood out during the game was that the team only focused on the running game, with almost no passes all night (Bulldog sophomore QB Joe Thompson was 0 for 2 attempts).
Three rushing touchdowns were scored by Sterling Dailey (8 carries 238 yds) along with a huge interception and 67-yard return TD by Michael Kuzbel. Additional scoring runs were made by WR D’Ante Yarborough (4 carries 47 yds), and RB Collin Buckley (7 carries 58 yds) , FBs Calvin Strahin (3 carries 42 yds), and Cameron Hunter(12 carries 50 yds).
“The linemen did a good job opening up holes during the game,” Dailey said. “With the right openings the number of touchdowns was expected.”
Knowing that Lee’s strength is their offense, the team put in extra preparations to ensure success.
“We prepared really well so we knew what to do,” Dailey said.
Although they are used to winning the first round of playoffs each year, the feeling of success never wears off.
“It’s especially enjoyable to win the first round of playoffs because we do it each year,” Dailey said.
Now that the first round of playoffs in under their belt, the Bulldogs are hungry to showdown against Broad Run in the second “Battle of the Burn.” Earlier in the season, Stone Bridge defeated Broad Run on their home field, 33-14.
“Playing Broad Run is like playing in the Super Bowl, we’re ready to play,” Thompson said.
Jackie Howell is a senior at Stone Bridge High School and has been following the Bulldogs all season for Viva Loudoun.