Ashburn, Va (October 21, 2014) –
Final score –
1 / 8:46 – Broad Run TD (Willie Smallwood 1-yd run; Sam Sergi kick)
1 / 2:49 – Broad Run TD (Meech Hembry 18-yd run; Sam Sergi kick missed)
2 / 8:36 – Broad Run TD (Brady Reitzel 25-yd pass to Chuck Davis; Sam Sergi kick)
2 / 6:17 – Woodgrove TD (Billy Sheehan 13-yd pass to Mason Gryniuk; Cameron Hippler kick)
2 / 5:17 – Broad Run TD (Brady Reitzel 32-yd run; Sam Sergi kick)
2 / 1:51 – Woodgrove TD (Billy Sheehan 7-yd pass to Dylan Mellor; Cameron Hippler kick)
3 / 6:07 – Woodgrove TD (Uzoma Kpaduwa 1-yd run; Cameron Hippler kick)
3 / 3:49 – Broad Run TD (Marcel Mingo 21-yd run; Sam Sergi kick)
3 / 1:07 – Woodgrove TD (Billy Sheehan 9-yd pass to Dylan Mellor; Cameron Hippler kick missed)
4 / 11:01 – Broad Run FG (Sam Sergi 22-yd kick)
4 / 9:13 – Woodgrove TD (Billy Sheehan 15-yd pass to Matthew Whalen; Cameron Hippler kick)
Broad Run High School, Ashburn, Va. (October 31, 2014) — It’s somewhat ironic that a game which had been an absolute, unmitigated shootout into the fourth quarter would be decided by one team’s magnificent example of ball-controlling finesse.
But that’s the trick the Broad Run Spartans pulled off, holding on to the ball for a game-ending, victory-claiming 18 plays over 9 minutes and 10 seconds, soaking up every last bit of clock to silence the barrage of points they and their opponents had banged through earlier.
Ultimately, it was Broad Run, on their Halloween Homecoming Night, who treated their fans to a satisfying late-season triumph, edging the Woodgrove Wolverines by a mere three points — when the two teams combined for 71.
“I was proud on that last drive. Our o-line pushed through and our backs held on to the ball and got that extra yard,” Broad Run coach Matt Griffis said. “Our kids did a really good job of staying composed.”
The matchup saw 10 total touchdowns scored by nine different men, the last with just over nine minutes showing on the clock. Probably no one in the stands, press box or sidelines (with some of the Spartans the lone exceptions) thought then that the scoreboard was done changing.
That’s when the Broad Run offense got to work from its own 30, converting third downs of 5, 2 and 7 yards to play keep-away from the hot Woodgrove offense and seal away the win.
“Tremendous offensive effort; poor defensive effort,” Woodgrove head coach Mike Skinner summed up. He and his staff share abundant familiarity with several Broad Run counterparts, as both Griffis and Skinner were once members of Stone Bridge’s highly successful coaching brain trust.
“But that is a Division 5 team over there. We’re Division 4,” Skinner added. “We played hard, but until we start making plays on defense, we’re not going to beat anybody of that caliber.”
The Wolverines got behind quickly, as Broad Run put up the first 20 points of the game. Thereafter, Woodgrove doubled up the Spartans in points, but they were always chasing, never taking a lead.
The guests from Purcellville drew closest with that TD early in the fourth, but Broad Run’s very long, time-draining possession stole any chance at a Wolverine comeback.
Griffis, citing that mutual familiarity with the opposing staff, said he was never comfortable at any point in the game.
“I’ve known these guys forever,” he said. “I respect these guys tremendously. They’re good coaches and they have chalk too. They’re going to draw up stuff that works against you.”
Both sides had ample opportunity to run that stuff. The first half saw more than 90 plays from scrimmage, and the entire contest took nearly three hours.
Penalties were plentiful, but did not favor either team. The Wolverines and Spartans equally divided 16 flags, each being hit three times for 15-yard infractions.
The game’s sole turnover went Woodgrove’s way, when Broad Run muffed a punt catch late in the third to give the visitors the ball near midfield. The Wolverines turned that into seven points.
After being shut out in their first three tries, the Wolverines scored touchdowns on five of their last seven possessions. The Spartans tallied on six of nine possessions, including TDs the first four times they had it. Their final drive — which started on their own 30 and made it to the Woodgrove 14 — didn’t result in any points, but did result in a win.
“They all bring a little something different to the table,” Griffis said, noting that he features four running backs to whom he’s comfortable handing the ball.
Woodgrove QB Billy Sheehan connected on just one of his first nine pass attempts, but as is his wont he kept on chucking. The senior hit six of his last seven throws for two touchdowns — his last pass of the night a key find of big tight end Matthew Whalen in the flat, bringing the Wolverines to within their closest margin of three — but he would not touch the ball again.
“He played well,” said Skinner of Sheehan. “He had a tough first half, but played well in the second half.”
One of the biggest cheers of the night emanated from the Broad Run players themselves, who erupted in a paroxysm of joy when, gathered around Griffis for the postgame talk, they heard that their efforts had earned them a rare Saturday off.
“I felt like our kids were resilient tonight,” Griffis said. “That’s one of those things we always preach, is resiliency…. I’m really proud of our kids.”
Photo gallery of the game can be viewed here.
Woodgrove stats –
Rushing: Charlie Clewis 22-116; Mikey Bryant 10-57; Billy Sheehan 7-35, 1 TD
Passing: Billy Sheehan 16 of 30 for 162, 4 TDs
Receiving: Dylan Mellor 7-86, 2 TDs; Mikey Bryant 6-38; Mason Gryniuk 2-23, 1 TD; Matthew Whalen 1-15, 1 TD
Broad Run stats –
Rushing: Brady Reitzel 14-57, 1 TD; Clyde Bryson 4-54; Chuck Davis 4-38; Meech Hembry 7-28, 1 TD; Willie Smallwood 7-20, 1 TD; Marcel Mingo 1-21, 1 TD; Jashawn Banks 2-5
Passing: Brady Reitzel 11 of 20 for 170, 1 TD
Receiving: Chuck Davis 6-95, 1 TD; Marcel Mingo 3-29; Andre Chinnery 1-40; Tyriek King 1-6
Other scores –
Potomac Falls 8, Briar Woods 7
Loudoun County 28, Loudoun Valley 24
John Champe 31, Heritage 14
Dominion 35, Park View 3
Stone Bridge 41, Fairfax 14
Rock Ridge JV 42, Freedom JV 7 (Thursday)
Off-weeks for: Freedom, Tuscarora
Written by Jason S Rufner