Ashburn, Va (February 4, 2015) – February 4 is the biggest day of the year for those few high school football players who earn Division I scholarships. It is signing day. The Briar Woods Falcons contributed three of their own student athletes who next fall, start their careers as colleges students and football players.
Two Falcons will travel down Route 81 to Harrisonburg VA to play for James Madison University, members of the NCAA Football Championship Bowl Subdivision. Offensive lineman Chase Brown and wide receiver Tristan Carter were both two-year starters for the Falcons. Neither missed a game in that time as the Falcons posted a combined record of 21-6. At 6-5, 290 pounds Brown’s varsity career started in his junior year at Briar Woods. If the rapid improvement Head Coach Charlie Pierce saw in Brown’s two years as a starter continues, “there is no upside to his potential.”
Tristan Carter caught 72 passes in his two years as a Falcon starter. “He’s a great route runner and has great hands,” said Pierce. “But what I really love about his game is the effort he puts into blocking when he’s not catching the ball.
NCAA Football Bowl Division Penn State is the next stop for wide receiver Brandon Polk, a three-year starter whose teams notched 36 wins against 6 defeats and one state championship. The most valuable attribute Polk brings to a football team, according to Pierce, is “explosiveness.” A two-time state champion in the 100 and 200 meter dash, Polk stretches a defense, “forcing them to cover the entire field.” Polk averaged an astounding 15 yards per play every time he touched the ball.
Referring to the magnitude of the accomplishment of earning a college scholarship, Athletic Director Jerry Carter remarked, “These things don’t just happen.” A scholarship is the result of thousands of hours of hard work put in not only by the athlete, but by the parents and families. The reward for that commitment comes in two stages. Stage one comes with the excitement of watching their young men playing on Saturday afternoons in front of tens of thousands of fans. Stage two is most important, coming when the student-athlete, along with their classmates, earn the college degree that will serve them for the rest of lives.
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Article submitted by George Khalsa