The Loudoun County High School football team has lost twice this season and Woodgrove has had the misfortune of facing the Raiders the following week both times.
In September, the Raiders romped past the Wolverines, 48-7, after falling to Tuscarora, 21-7, the week before. In the rematch Nov. 9, County once again took out its frustration on a short-handed Woodgrove.
The host Raiders rebounded from a 45-0 loss to Briar Woods in the final week of the regular season with an emphatic 36-7 win over the Wolverines in the first round of the Region II Division 4 playoffs.
“We were disappointed because we didn’t play to the best of our ability against Briar Woods,” said Raider senior linebacker Nick Anthony, who led a County defense that stuffed the Wolverines in the first half, allowing just 18 total yards on 21 plays.
County (9-2) will face Leesburg rival Tuscarora (10-1) in the Region II Division 4 semifinals Nov. 16. The Huskies advanced with a 42-21 win over Millbrook.
“We wanted this [rematch with Tuscarora] bad. It’s a crosstown rivalry,” said Raider senior quarterback Jake Lokey, who came out slingin’ Friday, throwing for three touchdowns on 17 of 23 passing and 207 yards despite sitting the entire second half.
Lokey mixed the ball around with three senior receivers—Brad Szoka, Markale Bell and Sean Bell—all catching four balls each. Szoka totaled 80 yards, including two touchdown catches and senior Mike Anderson caught a touchdown as well.
It wasn’t just all in the air in the first half as County senior running back Matt Arneson gained 97 yards on just 10 carries, including touchdown runs of 4 and 59 yards. On his long scoring run, Arneson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
First-year Woodgrove coach Mike Skinner knew his Wolverines (7-4) had a tall order in the the school’s first-ever postseason appearance, especially with senior quarterback Tucker Coil breaking his leg in the 21-14 win over Loudoun Valley to end the regular season.
“We are just so young,” said Skinner, who surely pinned his hopes on controlling the clock behind junior running back Josh Sweet, who entered the game with 1,709 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns.
The Dulles District Division 4 Offensive Player of the Year was limited to just four carries, gaining 17 yards. Sweet took a wicked hit from the side midway through the second quarter. He suffered a shoulder injury and did not return to the contest.
Loudoun County 36, Woodgrove 7
LC: Szoka 20 pass from Lokey (Andrade kick) 8:49
LC: Arneson 4 run (Andrade kick) 2:28
LC: Anderson 10 pass from Lokey (Andrade kick) 5:25
LC: Arneson 59 run (Andrade kick) 3:41
LC: Szoka 29 pass from Lokey (kick blocked) 3:06
LC: Safey (Warfel tackled in end zone) 0:36
WG: Mellor 40 pass from Koester (Warfel kick) 3:02
-Rushing: W - Sweet (4 for 17 yards), Asencio (3 for 10 yards); LC - Arneson (10 for 97 yards, 2 TD), Lokey (6 for 29 yards)
-Passing: W - Koester (13 of 22 for 139 yards, TD, Int.); LC - Lokey (17 of 23 for 207 yards, 3 TD)
-Receiving: W - Mellor (6 for 96 yards, TD), Christen (3 for 15 yards), Kendall (2 for 12 yards); LC - Szoka (4 for 80 yards, 2 TD), M. Bell (4 for 51 yards), S. Bell (4 for 27 yards), Anderson (2 for 27 yards, TD)
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