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    Broad Run football making strong push for playoff berth

    Breaking in 15 new starters while facing a brutal schedule resulted in Broad Run High School losing three of its first four games to start the 2012 football season.

    Since that point, the Spartans (4-3) have reeled off three consecutive wins to move above the .500 mark. The surge - highlighted by a 28-7 win at Osbourn Oct. 12 - has pushed Broad Run to the right side of the playoff bubble with three games left in the regular season.

    “Our kids have stayed the course,” Broad Run coach Matt Griffis said. “They come out and work hard each day and we feel like we’re improving each day. I’m very proud of the kids.”

    The Spartans - aiming for a sixth consecutive playoff berth - have climbed to sixth in the latest Virginia High School League ratings for Division 5 of the Northwest Region. The top six teams from the region advance to the postseason.

    After shutting out Park View in its season opener, Broad Run dropped consecutive games to Briar Woods, Woodbridge and Stone Bridge. Those three teams have a combined record of 20-2.

    The Spartans started their current win streak with a 37-7 win at Herndon, followed by a 34-20 home victory against Patriot. Broad Run then kicked off AAA Cedar Run District play with the 21-point win over Osbourn.

    “Our kids are starting to gain some confidence,” Griffis said. “Hopefully, we continue to play well and put ourselves in position to make the playoffs.”

    Next up for the Spartans is a road date at Division 6 stalwart Battlefield (5-2). Broad Run closes the regular season with home games against Cedar Run leader Stonewall Jackson (7-0) and Freedom (2-5).

    “We have the toughest schedule of anybody around,” Griffis said. “It doesn’t get any easier. Hopefully, this schedule gets us ready for the playoffs.”

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