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Senior running back James Douglas rushed for 98 yards in his first varsity game for Tuscarora. The bruising back helped the Huskies control the game clock in the second half.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Late push lifts Tuscarora past Briar Woods in football showdown

In the beginning, there was offense and lots of it. The Tuscarora Huskies and Briar Woods Falcons ushered in the 2015 varsity football season Aug. 28 displaying the reasons many expect them to contend deep into the postseason.

Park View senior Chase Jefferson stiff arms a defender during one of his 25 rushing attempts Aug. 28 against Manassas Park. Jefferson rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 26-21 win.—Times-Mirror Rick Wasser

Park View opens season on strong note

While the sky was clear for an eventful night Aug. 28 at Park View High School, the Patriots' varsity football team unveiled their own thunder and lightning to open the 2015 season against Manassas Park. Fleet-footed senior quarterback Chase Jefferson and powerful junior tailback Niko Hopkins combined to rush for 400 yards and four scores to help Park View christen its new turf field with a 26-21 victory.

Junior running back Eric Vivian scored four touchdowns and converted the decisive two-point conversion in overtime to lift host Rock Ridge past Riverside 29-28 in a thrilling varsity debut for both teams Aug. 28 in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Rock Ridge outlasts Riverside in overtime for first varsity football win

Eric Vivian had every right to be exhausted. In regulation Aug. 28 against the Riverside Rams, the Rock Ridge Phoenix junior rushed 26 times for 276 yards and two touchdowns, caught two passes for 69 yards and another score, and made a handful of tackles from his defensive back position.

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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