Briar Woods completes three-peat in dominant fashion
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
BW: Logan safety (penalty in end zone) 5:16
BW: McSorley 1 run (LaFrankie kick) 0:51
BW: Miller 63 punt return (Colder run) 2:54
BW: Serigne 27 pass from McSorley (LaFrankie kick) 0:16
BW: Larco 12 run (LaFrankie kick) 9:54
BW: McSorley 25 run (LaFrankie kick) 5:24
BW: Colder 4 run (LaFrankie kick) 10:36
BW: Logan 73 run (LaFrankie kick) 6:33
-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
Ronald Cuffee Jr.
Melvin Holland Jr.
-All photos by Chuck Moore