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Park View opens football season on strong note

Senior QB Chase Jefferson and junior RB Niko Hopkins combined to rush for 400 yards and four scores to help the Park View Patriots christen their new turf field with a 26-21 victory against Manassas Park on Friday night in Sterling.

Rock Ridge outlasts Riverside in overtime for first varsity football win

On a night already destined for the history books, the Riverside Rams and host Rock Ridge Phoenix decided to write an extra chapter Aug. 28 in Ashburn.

Late push lifts Tuscarora past Briar Woods in football showdown

The Tuscarora Huskies downed the Briar Woods Falcons 22-16 in a playoff-type atmosphere Friday night at Fortune Field in Leesburg. The Potomac District teams traded touchdowns in each of the first two quarters before the game turned into a ball-control defensive battle in the second half.

Varsity Football Week 1 Scoreboard

The first Friday night of the 2015 varsity football season proved to be an exciting one with several games being decided down the stretch, including two overtime games. Broad Run, Dominion, Freedom, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun Valley, Park View, Rock Ridge and Tuscarora earned wins to open the season.

Senior QB Daniel Smith and the Tuscarora Huskies kick off the 2015 season at home Aug. 28 against the Briar Woods Falcons.—File Photo

2015 varsity football preview: Turn on those Friday night lights

It's that time of year again. Time to mark Friday evenings as filled on your calendar for the next three months. The 2015 Virginia High School League football season begins Aug. 28 with 14 Loudoun varsity teams in action. The regular season continues for 11 weeks through Nov. 6, with five more weeks of postseason action to follow.

Braxton Griffin of the CLYFL “B” league Cowboys attempts to keep a Redskins’ defender at bay during a scrimmage at CLYFL Fun Fest.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Photos: Central Loudoun Youth Football League Fun Fest

Central Loudoun Youth Football League held its annual Fun Fest on Aug. 22 at Freedom Park in Leesburg. Times-Mirror photographer Rick Wasser was on hand to catch the action on and off the field.

Park View turf field ceremony set for Friday prior to season opener

The Park View Patriots will open the 2015 varsity football season Aug. 28 at home versus Manassas Park on their new turf field. Prior to the game, Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen and members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will be on hand for a field dedication ceremony.

Varsity football preview: Phoenix rise up to varsity level

As Ashburn's newest high school, the Rock Ridge Phoenix enters a crowded field where neighbors Briar Woods, Broad Run and Stone Bridge have combined for six state titles in the past decade.

Varsity football preview: Focused Pride aim to make third time a charm

Ask Heritage Pride coach Reed Prosser what the main focus of his team is, and it might not be what you think. As he puts it, the focus isn't strictly on wins and losses.

Varsity football preview: Before playing a game, Raiders in competition

For the most part, Loudoun County coach Steve Williams isn't certain who he's going to start come week 1 of the Raiders' football season. And that's a good thing.

Varsity football preview: New faces, same expectations for Huskies

Fourteen consecutive wins, a 5A North Region championship and an initial appearance in the VHSL 5A state title game. The 2014 season was special for the Tuscarora Huskies, who reached the state final in just their fifth season as a program.

Varsity football preview: Tight-knit Patriots return to the basics

Following a few lean years, it's back to the basics for the Park View Patriots. Mick Mullins is stressing two things to his players as he enters his second season as Park View's head coach.

Varsity football preview: Facing tough foes, Spartans get to work

When Broad Run's Matt Griffis looks ahead at the schedule his football team is preparing to slog through, he sees a barrage of tough tilts. Every one of the 10 challengers stacked up on the Spartans' slate is a playoff team from a year ago - and two of them, Centreville and Tuscarora - came within a touchdown of a state championship.

Varsity football preview: Rams hit the ground running

Consider the ram. It has a reputation as a tenacious animal, obstinate, bull-headed, unafraid of challenges despite the odds. Maybe that's why the Rams of brand-new, just-opened Riverside High School opted to launch their football program with a full varsity schedule. Rams are always ready for a fight.

Varsity football preview: Team unity, toughness spark Bulldogs

A 10-win season that included a victory against neighborhood rival Broad Run and a pair of postseason triumphs would be considered a success for most programs. That was not the case for the Stone Bridge Bulldogs.

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