Briar Woods shuts out Valley to win 23rd straight
The Briar Woods Falcons honored 13 seniors prior to their final regular-season home football game against Loudoun Valley Oct. 26 in Ashburn. One of those seniors - lineman Trei Germany - would later gain the chance to make it a very memorable senior night.
Germany took a direct snap out of an unbalanced, single-wing formation late in the third quarter and plunged into the end zone from 1-yard out for the first touchdown of his varsity career.
“I’ve been harping on coach [Charlie] Pierce about getting a carry,” said the 6-foot, 255-pound Germany, a fullback in youth football who has developed into one of the Falcons’ key cogs in the trenches. “It worked out ... a very good way to do senior night.”
Germany’s rare touchdown run, followed by junior Nick LaFrankie’s extra point, closed out the scoring in Briar Woods’ 45-0 victory over Loudoun Valley.
The two-time defending state champion Falcons were sharp following their bye week and easily extended their winning streak to 23 games.
“The bye was really good,” Germany said. “We were able to heal up some injuries, some nicks and bruises. It got us refocused on what we need to do.”
Briar Woods (7-0 in the Dulles District, 9-0 overall) scored on all five of its possessions in the first half to build a 31-0 halftime lead.
Junior Trace McSorley tossed three touchdown passes in the opening half, the first two going to sophomore Brandon Polk and the third to senior Devin Ramos. Senior Cory Colder added a touchdown run, and LaFrankie connected on a 26-yard field goal.
The Falcons tacked on two more touchdowns in the third quarter. Senior Cam Serigne, a standout receiver/tight end verbally committed to Wake Forest, showed off his arm on a trick play with a 24-yard scoring strike to Polk, his third receiving touchdown of the game. Later in the quarter, Germany capped the scoring with his 1-yard run.
Briar Woods was balanced offensively with 228 rushing yards and 266 passing yards. Defensively, the Falcons not only shut out the Vikings, but did so in suffocating fashion. Valley (3-4, 4-5) managed only one first down and were held to minus 10 total yards.
Following the win, Pierce praised his senior group for “helping set the foundation as far as what it takes to prepare yourself physically and mentally each and every week.” He added, “They’ve done a good job.”
A tall task ahead
Standing between Briar Woods claiming an outright district title, along with going undefeated in the regular season, is a Nov. 2 road game against Loudoun County.
The Raiders (6-1, 8-1) feature a prolific passing game, led by the senior tandem of quarterback Jake Lokey and receiver Brad Szoka. County has won five straight games and has outscored opponents, 352-76, this season.
“It’s going to be a tough game,” Pierce said. “It’s going to be senior night at their place. It’s a game they are going to be up for. Our guys will be prepared and we’ll see what happens.”
Briar Woods 45, Loudoun Valley 0
BW: Polk 29 pass from McSorley (LaFrankie kick) 10:31
BW: Colder 1 run (LaFrankie kick) 2:38
BW: Polk 17 pass from McSorley (LaFrankie kick) 0:02
BW: LaFrankie 26 field goal, 4:18
BW: Ramos 10 pass from McSorley (LaFrankie kick) 0:23
BW: Polk 24 pass from Serigne (LaFrankie kick) 8:24
BW: Germany 1 run (LaFrankie kick) 1:39
-Rushing: LV - Cordani (12 for 3 yards); BW - Colder (13 for 55 yards, TD), Blevins (3 for 41 yards), McSorley (7 for 38 yards), Martinez (3 for 25 yards)
-Passing: LV - Warner (1 of 8 for 4 yards); BW - McSorley (15 of 15 for 242 yards, 3 TD), Serigne (1 of 1 for 24 yards, TD)
-Receiving: LV - Fletcher (1 for 4 yards); BW - Polk (5 for 74 yards, 3 TD), Ramos (4 for 59 yards, TD), Miller (3 for 81 yards), Serigne (3 for 45 yards)
-Tackles: LV - Kpaduwa (8), Grayson (8); BW - Merletti (4), Rolin (4), Logan (4)
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