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    Briar Woods completes three-peat in dominant fashion

    photoBriar Woods junior Chris Larco scores on a 12-yard run early in the third quarter of the Virginia Division 4 state football championship game. Briar Woods shut out Heritage-Lynchburg, 52-0, to three-peat as state champions Dec. 8 in Lynchburg.—Times-Mirror Photo/Chuck Moore

    The Briar Woods Falcons capped an amazing three-year run with a nearly perfect performance in the Virginia Division 4 state football championship Dec. 8 against Heritage-Lynchburg at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

    Fueled by a desire to complete its first perfect season, Briar Woods dominated from start to finish on its way to a 52-0 win, the largest margin of victory ever posted in a Group AA state title game.

    “It’s special to go undefeated. That was our biggest goal, we had never been able to accomplish that,” Briar Woods tight end/linebacker Cam Serigne said. “This group of guys ... it’s just special. It’s a family here. I could not ask for a better send off in my senior year.”

    The Falcons (15-0) became the first Loudoun school to win three consecutive state football titles. Briar Woods, now 42-3 over the last three seasons, extended the streak of a Loudoun team winning a state football title to six straight years.

    “Each year, that target on your back gets bigger and this year, it was bigger than ever,” Falcon junior quarterback/defensive back Trace McSorley said. “To be able to go undefeated this year and do what we did is a dream come true.”

    Briar Woods scored in all three facets of the game against Region III champion Heritage (12-2). The Falcons outgained the Pioneers, 452-94, and held a 20-3 advantage in first downs.

    “We came out here today focused on having a dominant mentality,” said Serigne, verbally committed to Wake Forest. “Our defense is what we’ve prided ourselves on for years.”

    McSorley excelled as a dual threat once again. McSorley rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns and also connected with Serigne on a 27-yard scoring pass late in the first half. McSorley completed nine of 12 passes for 86 yards with Serigne hauling in five of those completions for 53 yards. 

    The connection was par for the course for McSorley and Serigne, who started playing sports together in the third grade. The duo won a championship in the Ashburn Youth Football League prior to their varsity run of three consecutive titles.

    “We’ve just always had great chemistry and it just kept getting better and better each year,” McSorley said. Serigne agreed with his good friend, adding “It’s definitely not going to be the same with another quarterback.”

    Cory Colder delivered another workhorse effort in the win. The senior tailback produced his fourth consecutive 100-plus yard rushing game in the state playoffs, going for 158 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Junior Chris Larco added a 12-yard touchdown run early in the second half.

    JT Logan - described by coach Charlie Pierce as an “unsung hero” - supplied several big plays. Logan pressured Heritage quarterback JeVontae Parrish, leading to a safety in the first quarter; he delivered a key block during junior Tristan Miller’s 63-yard punt return for a score in the second quarter; and he broke loose for a 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

    “I’ve been playing football for 10 years. To have it end like this is unreal, just an amazing feeling,” said Logan, one of several seniors to play on all three championship teams.

    Logan and senior Mike Barta led the Falcons with five tackles each. Senior Trei Germany and Serigne both recorded four stops.

    The championship victory not only concluded the prep career for 13 Falcon seniors, it also closed out Briar Woods’ run at the Division 4 level. With a growing student population, the Falcons will move up to Division 5 next school year.

    “Nobody can take away from these seniors and this team and what their accomplishments have been,” Pierce said of his team’s legacy. “Our guys worked hard and they are very deserving. I could not be more proud of them.”


    Briar Woods 52, Heritage-Lynchburg 0

    -First Quarter
    BW: Logan safety (penalty in end zone) 5:16
    BW: McSorley 1 run (LaFrankie kick) 0:51

    -Second Quarter
    BW: Miller 63 punt return (Colder run) 2:54
    BW: Serigne 27 pass from McSorley (LaFrankie kick) 0:16

    -Third Quarter
    BW: Larco 12 run (LaFrankie kick) 9:54
    BW: McSorley 25 run (LaFrankie kick) 5:24

    -Fourth Quarter
    BW: Colder 4 run (LaFrankie kick) 10:36
    BW: Logan 73 run (LaFrankie kick) 6:33


    Team stats

    -First Downs: BW 20; H 3

    -Rushing yards: BW 366; H 45

    -Passing yards: BW 86; H 49

    -Time of possession: BW 29:52; H 18:08


    BW stat leaders

    -Rushing: Colder (23 for 158 yards, TD), McSorley (10 for 75 yards, 2 TD), Logan (2 for 74 yards, TD), Larco (3 for 28 yards, TD)

    -Passing: McSorley (9 of 12 for 86 yards, TD)

    -Receiving: Serigne (5 for 53 yards, TD), Ramos (2 for 15 yards), Polk (1 for 14 yards)

    -Tackles: Barta (5), Logan (5), Germany (4), Serigne (4)

    -Tackles for a loss: Logan (1.5), Barta (1), Birmingham (1), Jacob (1), Merletti (1), Germany (0.5)


    Briar Woods Falcons - 2012 state champions

    Seniors
    Mike Barta
    Cory Colder
    Ronald Cuffee Jr.
    Seth Firestone
    Darryll Gadsden
    Trei Germany
    Josh Jacob
    JT Logan
    Brian McKelvey
    Devin Ramos
    Matt Rolin
    Jonathan Rosa
    Cam Serigne

    Juniors
    Ty Abbas
    Joe Abuelhawa
    Neil Barron
    Christian Campbell
    Mac Canan
    Jared Coker
    Chris Derrickson
    Tushar Dhindsa
    TJ Enoch
    Hunter Ford
    Robert Garcia
    BJ Hinson
    Melvin Holland Jr.
    Mitch Krisfalusi
    Nick LaFrankie
    Chris Larco
    Sean Little
    Trace McSorley
    Jack Mercil
    Nick Merletti
    Joe Miller
    Tristan Miller
    Brandon Preznuk
    Chase Stanga
    Erik Thysse
    Matt Wolcott

    Sophomores
    Jeremy Bailey
    Brandon Barskdale
    Dillon Blevins
    Conner Bottcher
    Dylan Bowie
    Riley Canan
    Bryan Capozzoli
    Anthony Carino
    Tristan Carter
    Josh Colangelo
    Sam Devonshire
    John Hirsch
    John Karl
    Jack Knight
    Jake Maffe
    Anthony Martinez
    Chris McMillian
    Brandon Polk
    Darrell Ramey
    Brady Scott

    Freshmen
    Mark Birmingham
    Jordan Hinson
    Takiyul Johnson
    Christopher Motley
    Anthony Page
    Brandon Romero
    Ryan Rutkowski
    Jake Serigne

    Head Coach
    Charlie Pierce

    Assistant Coaches
    Joey Babick
    Matt Brown
    Jamie Caldwell
    Sean Daza
    Jared Develli
    Mike Groves
    Travis Huff
    Tom Slack

    Trainer
    Jeff Bailey

    Managers
    Sarah Davidson
    Madison Duryea
    Micaela Otai
    Paige Pierce
    Camila Restrepo
    Caty Reyes
    Tori Smith

    Statisticians
    George Khalsa
    Satnam Khalsa


    -All photos by Chuck Moore

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