The Briar Woods High School football team wrapped up their third straight Dulles District title and the program’s first-ever 10-0 regular season with a dominating 45-0 win at Loudoun County Nov. 2 in Leesburg.
The Falcons held the high-powered Raider offense to just four first downs in the contest as they secured the No. 1 seed in the Region II Division 4 playoffs. Briar Woods will open its quest for a third straight state title by hosting Powhatan (5-5) Nov. 9. County (8-2) is seeded third and will host No. 6 Woodgrove (7-3).
“I’ve never been associated with a bunch of guys who come out with that lunch pail bucket [mentality] ... come to play hard,” Briar Woods coach Charlie Pierce said.
Briar Woods rolled up 355 total yards in the win, while the Raiders could muster just 52 yards on 42 plays. Loudoun County never got closer to the end zone than the Falcon 46. The Falcons have now won 24 consecutive games and have won 28 straight games against Dulles District foes dating back to a loss to County on Oct. 9, 2009.
“Two years ago we were 13-2. Last year we were 14-1. One of the goals we set this year was to be 15-0,” said senior linebacker Matt Rolin, who leads a defensive unit that allows just 6.2 points per game and enters the playoffs after three straight shutouts.
Any hopes of County ending Briar Woods’ district run flickered out early as the Raiders fumbled the ball away inside their own 10 in the first quarter and the Falcons turned that into a 1-yard Cory Colder touchdown dive. The Falcons doubled that lead at the end of the first quarter when Trace McSorley found Cam Serigne behind the Raider secondary for a 46-yard touchdown strike.
Nick LaFrankie, who was good on all six of his extra-point attempts, drilled a 30-yard field goal just over the uprights early in the second quarter to make it 17-0. McSorley’s second touchdown pass, an 11-yard throw to J.T. Logan with 1:34 left in the first half, made it 24-0 at the break.
McSorley was nine of 17 in the win for 148 yards and the junior gained 53 yards on eight carries, including a slippery touchdown run in the third quarter from 12 yards out.
“That is a new formation we put in and I’ve been waiting for a chance to get outside and use my legs,” said McSorley, who improved to 37-3 as a starting quarterback.
By early in the final quarter, it was a running clock affair as Briar Woods had built up a 38-0 advantage.
Serigne had a big night with 118 yards receiving on just five catches and Colder had a hard-nosed 73 yards on 20 carries against a solid Raider defensive front.
County quarterback Jake Lokey came into the contest with 2,164 yards passing and 26 touchdowns with just two interceptions but the Falcon defensive sacked Lokey five times, intercepted two passes and held him to just 39 yards passing. The Raider running game – accounting for only 43 yards and just 13 yards net when the sacks were factored in – couldn’t get going to alleviate any pressure on Lokey.
Pierce said part of the reason they roped in the Raiders attack is that defensively the Falcons laid back mostly in max coverage, blitzing very little on the night.
“We have brought the hammer all year but tonight we only rushed four,” Pierce explained.
Rolin led the Falcon defense with seven tackles and Mitch Krisfalusi had an interception and a fumble recovery. Darryll Gadsden had the other Falcon pick.
Pierce said a shift in defensive mentality took place about six or seven weeks back when the coaching staff called in the defensive leaders of the team and told them they wanted the unit to be more dynamic.
“We give them the game plan each week. We give them the checks. We give them the latitude on the field and it’s fun to watch them,” Pierce said.
Briar Woods 45, Loudoun County 0
BW: Colder 1 run (LaFrankie kick) 7:35
BW: Serigne 46 pass from McSorley (LaFrankie kick) 1:09
BW: FG 30 LaFrankie 9:49
BW: Logan 11 pass from McSorley (LaFrankie kick) 1:34
BW: McSorley 12 run (LaFrankie kick) 4:46
BW: Polk 19 run (LaFrankie kick) 10:50
BW: Ford 6 run (LaFrankie kick) 2:45
-Rushing - BW: Colder 20-73, McSorley 8-53, Polk 2-28, Blevins 3-28, Ford 4-17, Serigne 1-5, Scott 1-3. Totals 39-207; LC: Adams 7-19, Arneson 8-19, Pratt 2-5, Lokey 7-(-30). Totals 24-13.
-Passing - BW: McSorley 9-17-1 148; LC: Lokey 7-18-2 39.
-Receiving - BW: Serigne 5-118, Logan 2-19, Ramos 1-9, Birminghan 1-2; LC: Szoka 3-24, Stinger 3-5, Graham 1-10.
-All photos by Beverly Denny
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