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Stone Bridge gets back on track in big way

Stone Bridge tight end Daniel Thompson earned praise from head coach Mickey Thompson and his teammates after hauling in a pair of touchdown receptions in a 44-7 win over Tuscarora.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser
Stone Bridge wasted little time in rebounding from a heartbreaking, last-second loss to rival Broad Run in the 'Battle of the Burn' just a week ago. The host Bulldogs dominated the Tuscarora Huskies from start-to-finish on their way to a 44-7 victory Oct. 21 at F.H.Furr Field in Ashburn.

It was evident from the start that Stone Bridge (6-2) was eager to get back on the field. A little more than two minutes into play, quarterback Easton Turner connected with tight end Daniel Thompson for a 43-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish.

"We had a hard loss last week but we managed to fix what we did bad and excel in this game," Thompson said. "All my teammates have my back, so I have theirs as well."

After Tuscarora (5-4) turned the ball over on downs, Stone Bridge needed just two plays to reach the end zone. Joshua Breece broke off a 28-yard run, and Bradley Block followed with a 15-yard touchdown run.

Just four plays later, Stone Bridge linebacker Eric Palmer intercepted a pass and returned it 51 yards for a defensive score.

Following another defensive stand, Breece took a handoff on the first play of the ensuing drive and raced 63 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs led 24-0 just 30 seconds into the second quarter.

Breece finished the game with 128 yards on just seven carries - primarily in the first half.

Leading 31-0 at halftime following Tyrese Johnson's 5-yard touchdown run, Stone Bridge put the game away on its opening possession of the second half. An eight-play drive culminated once again with Turner connecting with Thompson for a touchdown, this time from 27 yards out.

Thompson led all receivers with three catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Turner was sharp throughout completing 90 percent of his pass attempts.

"I just got in a rhythm and trusted my teammates, trusted the system, and it worked out," Turner explained. "This was huge to come out here and make a statement like this. Everyone was on all cylinders. Daniel Thompson had a huge game."

With Thompson emerging, the Bulldogs have yet another weapon creating mismatches for defenses on the weak side. Stone Bridge head coach Mickey Thompson had encouraging words for Daniel Thompson. "He’s a really good receiver and we’ve known that all along. We just put him in a place so he can make plays."

The Bulldogs defense was relentless. The Huskies turned the ball over on downs five times and were limited to less than 200 yards of total offense.

Stone Bridge will close the regular season against a pair of Conference 14 opponents - at Potomac Falls (7-1) and home versus Briar Woods (4-5).

"We’ve got to ride this momentum, keep going and win the rest of our conference games," Turner reflected. "That’s the most important thing."

Tuscarora entered the game on a four-game win streak, highlighted by victories over previously unbeaten Centreville and Potomac Falls.

The Huskies have a week off before playing their final regular season game at home versus Broad Run.

Stone Bridge senior Leland Girdy caught four passes for 40 yards.--Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge 44, Tuscarora 7

-First Quarter
SB: Turner 43 pass to Thompson (kick failed) 9:32
SB: Block 15 run (run failed) 6:57
SB: Palmer 51 interception return (run failed) 5:15

-Second Quarter
SB: Breece 63 run (run failed) 11:30
SB: Johnson 5 run (Block kick) 3:10

-Third Quarter
SB: Turner 27 pass to Thompson (Block kick) 7:46

-Fourth Quarter
T: Allen 9 pass to Sorrell (Elmellouki kick) 11:16
SB: Lawyer 21 run (kick failed) 7:33

Offensive leaders

-Passing: SB – Turner (9 of 10 for 165 yards, 2 TD); T – Allen (8 of 23 for 92 yards, TD, INT)

-Rushing: SB – Breece (7-128-1), Turner (3-35), Lawyer (1-21-1), Block (1-15-1), Johnson (5-21-1); T - West (6-34), Adjei (15-23), Allen (4-21), Lundy (6-19)

-Receiving: SB – Thompson (3-93-2), Girdy (4-40), Jefferson (1-22), McFarlane (1-10); T - Sorrell (5-53-1), Sampson (1-20), West (1-12), Morein (1-7)

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