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Broad Run runs past rival Briar Woods

Broad Run seniors Brandon Gonzales and Meech Hembry celebrate Hembry’s second touchdown as the Spartans defeated the Briar Woods Falcons, 36-21, in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser
Broad Run needed a response. After scoring its second touchdown of the second half, Briar Woods trailed by just eight with plenty of time for another if it could get a stop on defense.

Fortunately for the host Spartans, there was little doubt that they would get it and possibly even less about who would be responsible for it.

With the game on the edge, senior running back Meech Hembry scored on a 20-yard run with 3:05 left to give Broad Run the insurance touchdown it needed in a 36-21 win over crosstown rival Briar Woods on Friday night.

“We just wanted to keep the ball out of their hands as long as possible and give the ball to No. 2,” Broad Run coach Matt Griffis said. “It’s no secret what we’re going to do, right?”

After the Falcons (1-4) cut it to 29-21 with 8:52 remaining in the fourth quarter, Hembry carried the ball on nine of 10 plays for 68 yards, capped off by his scoring run up the middle.

But for Hembry, his performance on Broad Run’s final drive was just a sample size of what he also did throughout the game for the Spartans (3-2), finishing with 254 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries in the win.

“Our tailback, he’s just phenomenal,” Griffis said succinctly.

By halftime, Broad Run had jumped out to a 22-7 lead – including a 19-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter – helping the Spartans dominate possession on Hembry’s back. Though it ended in just a 29-yard field goal by junior kicker Atilla Buri, their lone second-quarter drive took 9:02 off the game clock.

And while Briar Woods played a closer game in the second half, Broad Run didn’t move away from Hembry as a result, carrying the ball 24 more times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. His scores for the game came on runs of 2, 5, 5 and 20.

Notably, Hembry’s running game success was aided by Broad Run junior center Javier Varela, who replaced senior Connor Gorey, a returning starter and team captain, on the Spartans’ second drive due to injury.

“That’s why we talk about having program kids,” Griffis said. “Keep working hard, prepare every day like your one play away and you’re going to get your opportunity. And when you do, you’ll shine because you’ve bought in and you’ve trusted the process, and Javier has done just that.”

Defensively, Broad Run held Briar Woods to 249 yards of total offense, with 110 yards coming on two passing plays alone.

On Briar Woods’ final possession, the Spartans forced a turnover on downs on their own 16 to put an end to a late rally.

“It just shows how strong we were, how tough we were mentally,” senior linebacker Foster Vargo said. “And they had a really up-tempo offense, but we kept them there. We kept strong. Nobody got too tired.”

Falcons senior quarterback Skyler Springs, son of former Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs, was 8 of 19 for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Briar Woods senior Ben Maffe, who caught his 35-touchdown pass from Springs on their first play from scrimmage in the second half, also had a 5-yard scoring toss of his own along with 66 yards on 10 carries.

Broad Run freshman quarterback Mitch Griffis finished 4 of 6 for 35 yards. Senior quarterback Ryan Braithwaite, who also saw time at the position, had a 57-yard touchdown run on the final play of the first quarter.

The Spartans have now won the last four meetings against Briar Woods, dating back to their 17-15 playoff win in 2014. The Falcons won the previous four in the series prior to the current streak.

“We’ve always known it’s a big game, a big rivalry game,” Vargo said. “So we’ve always stepped up mentality and physically, and we’ve always tried to stop them the best we could. And tonight we showed that.”

Broad Run now heads into its bye before hosting 6A Yorktown on Oct. 7, followed by 2015 5A state runner-up Stone Bridge one week later.

Briar Woods, which lost by seven points or less over the previous three weeks to 6A schools South County, South Lakes and West Potomac, will look to get back on track Sept. 30 at Lee in Springfield.

Broad Run senior Ryan Braithwaite broke loose for a 57-yard touchdown run on the final play of the first quarter.--Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Series History

Broad Run leads the all-time series, 8-6, which began in Briar Woods’ second season in 2007. The Spartans also lead the regular-season series, 6-4, and the postseason series is tied 2-2.

Both schools have had four-game winning streaks against each other, the longest for each in series history. Briar Woods’ streak was from 2012-14 and Broad Run’s streak, which is ongoing, began in 2014 playoff game.

The Falcons own the largest margin of victory in the series (34) in its 34-0 win in 2013. The Spartans’ largest win was a 29-0 decision in 2008.

2016: 36-21 Broad Run
2015 (postseason): 44-17 Broad Run
2015: 31-24 Broad Run
2014 (postseason): 17-15 Broad Run
2014: 28-21 Briar Woods
2013 (postseason): 37-34 Briar Woods
2013: 34-0 Briar Woods
2012: 20-15 Briar Woods
2011: 14-0 Broad Run
2010 (postseason): 24-21 Briar Woods
2010: 20-13 Briar Woods
2009: 27-12 Broad Run
2008: 29-0 Broad Run
2007: 21-15 Broad Run

Broad Run senior Meech Hembry rushed for 254 yards and four touchdowns.--Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Broad Run 36, Briar Woods 21

Briar Woods 7 – 0 – 7 – 7 — 21
Broad Run 19 – 3 – 7 – 7 — 36

BR – Meech Hembry 2 run (kick failed) 10:56 1st
BW – Julian Posas 5 run (Edgar Moreno kick) 8:46 1st
BR – Hembry 5 run (Atilla Buri kick) 3:11 1st
BR – Ryan Braithwaite 57 run (kick failed) 0:00 1st
BR – Buri 29 field goal 22.3 2nd
BW – Ben Maffe 35 pass from Skyler Springs (Moreno kick) 10:03 3rd
BR – Hembry 5 run (Buri kick) 1:45 3rd
BW – Riley Garcia 5 pass from Maffe (Moreno kick) 8:52 4th
BR – Hembry 20 run (Buri kick) 3:05 4th

-First downs: BW 8; BR 20

-Rushes-Yds: BW 24-105; BR 54-318

-Comp-Att-Int: BW 9-20-0; BR 4-6-0

-Yards passing: BW 144; BR 35

-Penalties-Yds: BW 3-30; BR 2-25

-Fumbles-Lost: BW 1-1; BR 2-0

-Punts-Avg: BW 3-32.7; BR 1-34

Broad Run offense

Mitch Griffis: 4 of 6 for 35 yards

Meech Hembry: 46 carries, 254 yards, 4 TDs (24 long; 22 carries 121 yards, 2 TDs in the 1st half, 24 carries, 133 yards, 2 TDs in 2nd half)
Ryan Braithwaite: 1 carry, 57 yards, TD
Mitch Griffis: 6 carries, 7 yards
Corey Phillips: 1 carry, 0 yards

Daniel Hall: 2 catches, 27 yards
Donovan Hale: 1 catch, 6 yards
Ibn Da’Wuh Earl: 1 catch, 2 yards

Briar Woods offense

Skyler Springs: 8 of 19 for 139 yards, TD
Ben Maffe: 1 of 1 for 5 yards, TD

Ben Maffe: 10 carries, 66 yards
Skyler Springs: 8 carries, 25 yards
Julian Posas: 6 carries, 14 yards, TD

Nik Schuder: 1 catch, 72 yards
Ben Maffe: 2 catches, 37 yards, TD
EJ Krisfalusi: 5 catches, 30 yards
Riley Garcia: 1 catch, 5 yards, TD

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