The Virginia Chargers find themselves in a familiar position this spring after winning the Atlantic Football Association championship in 2011.
The Chargers, a men’s minor league football organization based out of Bluemont, are 4-0 this season in the 10-team semi-pro league.
Similar to last season, the Chargers feature more than a dozen players from Loudoun. Those players are LB/RB/P Chris Bray, RB William Bray, LB Timothy Disney, RB Deric Dudinski, RB Jamel Jones, WR/CB Jonathan Lincoln, RB/KR Robert Matthews, LB Frank Mills Jr., LB Mike Zalis, DE Seth Rocca, LB Nicholas Krukowski, OL Christopher Timbers and DE Jack McCall.
The Chargers are holding opponents to less than 10 points per game in their first four victories, including a 35-0 blanking of the Charles County (Md.) Lions on March 31. The Chargers have also been solid offensively, scoring 28 or more points in each contest.
Zack Terrell, of Manassas, gives the Chargers a dual threat at quarterback. Terrell has completed 29 of 50 passes for 619 yards and eight touchdowns compared to two interceptions. Terrell also leads a balanced rushing attack with 296 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries.
Dudinski, a former Park View High School standout, has rushed for 214 yards and two scores on just 22 carries. William Bray, Matthews and Chris Bay have also surpassed 100 rushing yards this spring.
Isaiah Alford, of Martinsburg, W. Va., is the team’s top receiver with 261 yards and five touchdowns.
Denny Johnson, a defensive end from Harrisonburg, has been a force this spring – recording a team-high 23 tackles, along with three sacks and two fumble recoveries. Tavan Mair, of Winchester, leads the way with six sacks, and Tirron Burns, of Reston, has three interceptions.
The Chargers will face its biggest test of the season so far April 14 against the Cannons of Carroll County (Md.) in a matchup of undefeated teams.
The two squads are among three teams in the league with winning records at this point in the season. The Cannons lead the four-team Central Division and the Chargers sit atop the three-team Northern Division.
The Cannons feature the league’s stingiest defense, allowing just 14 points combined in four games. Carroll County is averaging 26 points on offense.
The Chargers will host the pivotal game at their home field—Washington High School in Charles Town, W. Va. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for ages 11 and under. The Chargers—who plan to wear their new all-white throwback uniforms Saturday—are requesting fans wear white to the game.
Following the showdown against the Cannons, the Chargers will have three regular season games remaining. The Chargers will play consecutive road games before closing out the regular season at home against the Waynesboro Tigers May 5.
The playoffs begin May 12 with the Atlantic Football Association Bowl scheduled for June 2.
For a full Chargers’ roster, schedule and stats, log on to http://www.thevachargers.org .
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