Ashburn, Va. (November 19, 2014) — When two of the top Group 5A football programs in the entire state are duking it out in a win-or-go-home confrontation, right in your own backyard, who can stay away? Not me! I’m so there…and I’m taking you there with me.
It’s almost too bad these teams are meeting so early in the playoffs. The Falcons of Briar Woods High School (8-3, 5-seed in 5A North) visit their neighbors, the Spartans of Broad Run High School (8-3, 4-seed in 5A North), in region quarterfinal action in which the winner gets to keep pursuing a return to glory, while the loser gets a short trip home.
Are they getting hot at the right time? Both teams warmed up by hanging 50 points on their first-round opponents. Both have smart senior quarterbacks (Jake Maffe and Brady Reitzel), both with an embarrassment of riches at the wide receiver position. Both have staunch defenses and stellar special teams units. Both are accustomed to winning but want desperately to get back to the top.
BW and BR have been neck-and-neck the last couple times they faced off. In last year’s 5A North region final, the Falcons nipped the Spartans 37-34 in overtime to advance to the state semis. And during the just-completed regular season, on October 17, Briar Woods defeated Broad Run 28-21 in a back-and-forth affair that wasn’t decided until late in the final quarter.
It’ll be a postseason showdown of Ashburn’s oldest varsity program taking on Ashburn’s youngest. The Falcons and
Spartans own a combined five state championships since 2008. If one of them is going to add to that total — and it could only be one of them — they’ll have to vanquish their neighbors this Friday night in VivaLoudoun’s Top Ticket Of The Week.