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Justin Allen accepts the Most Valuable Player award.—Photo Courtesy/USA Football

Tuscarora’s Allen named International Bowl MVP

Tuscarora High School sophomore Justin Allen earned Most Valuable Player honors after helping the U.S. Under-17 national team defeat Team Japan 44-7 in the eighth annual International Bowl. Allen completed 6 of 7 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in the win.

The Virginia Xtreme Sports 10U football team members pose in the Washington Redskins locker room.—Courtesy Photo

Xtreme football teams going national

A pair of Virginia Xtreme Sports teams representing the Washington Redskins have earned the chance to play for a national championship in their repsective age divisions at the NFL Flag National Championship, set for Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla.

Football: Three local athletes to play in International Bowl

A trio of student-athletes from Loudoun County public high schools have been selected to compete in the eighth annual International Bowl, set for Jan. 16-17 at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Justin Allen and Christophe Atkinson of Tuscarora will play for the U.S. Under-17 national team, and Tyler Savage of John Champe will compete for the U.S. Under-16 national team.

Updated: Ten area athletes on national champion football teams

A pair of national champions were recently crowned in college football, and the rosters of both winning teams include area players. Briar Woods, Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun County and Stone Bridge high schools were each represented.

JMU football goes for second national title Saturday

James Madison University will square off with Youngstown State in the NCAA Division I FCS championship game Saturday in Texas. The Dukes' roster includes eight players - Adeeb Atariwa, Justin Bethea, Ryan Horner, Lawton Riggs, Brett Siegel, Grant Westbrook, Matt Wolcott and Richard Xu - from Loudoun County.

Group 4A All-State football team selections

Dominion, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun Valley and Woodgrove high schools are each represented on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 4A All-State football team. Dominion senior Tommy Christ garnered first-team recognition at both offensive and defensive line.

VHSL Group 5A All-State football team selections

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora high schools are represented on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State football team. Highland Springs senior Juwan Carter (offense) and L.C. Bird senior Rayshard Ashby (defense) were selected as Players of the Year.

Stone Bridge senior Joshua Breece breaks free for a big gain during the Virginia 5A state championship game. Breece closed out his varsity career with another big performance, rushing for 213 yards and a touchdown.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Highland Springs scores in final minute to dash Stone Bridge’s title hopes

It was a championship worthy drive. Stone Bridge drove 80 yards on 16 plays, running more than seven minutes off the game clock in the fourth quarter of the Virginia 5A state championship game Dec. 10 versus Highland Springs at Hampton University.

Briar Woods coach Charlie Pierce led the cheers in the team huddle following the Falcons’ 41-21 victory over Harrisonburg in the 2010 Division 4 state football championship game.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Football: Loudoun’s history in state title games

Loudoun County high schools have played in 18 state championship games in football. Stone Bridge has advanced to the state final seven times, followed by four appearances each by Briar Woods and Park View. Briar Woods (three) and Broad Run (two) have won multiple state titles.

Junior Bradley Block rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns in Stone Bridge’s 35-29 loss to Highland Springs.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Heartbreak in Hampton: Late TD lifts Highland Springs past Stone Bridge in state final

In a game that saw the lead change hands five times in the second half, Highland Springs took the lead when it counted most Saturday afternoon in the Virginia 5A state championship at Hampton University.

Stone Bridge football players and the Bulldog are fired up to once again play in the Virginia 5A championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge goes for state title against familiar foe

The football team at Stone Bridge High School already settled one score this season. Now they seek to settle another. Back last December, the Bulldogs rode a late-season surge all the way to the Group 5A state championship game, their sixth title game appearance since 2005. Stone Bridge's hopes for its second ring were dashed, however, when a fast Highland Springs team ran past them for a 27-7 win.

Senior Vashon McCants returned an interception for a score and tossed a pair of touchdown passes in Dominion’s 38-22 loss to Salem.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Rick Wasser

Dominion falls to Salem in 4A West Region title game

The best season in the 13-year history of Dominion High School's football program concluded Dec. 3 in the 4A West Region championship game. After Dominion struck first on senior Vashon McCants' 86-yard interception return, Salem reeled off 28 straight points on its way to a 38-22 victory at Salem Stadium.

Senior Joshua Breece rushed for a pair of second-half touchdowns in Stone Bridge’s 27-21 win over Massaponax.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge punches ticket to 5A state championship game

Though it certainly was not easy, the Stone Bridge Bulldogs found a way in Friday's 5A North Region championship game against host Massaponax in Fredericksburg. Stone Bridge held Massaponax scoreless during the game's final 15 minutes, while Josh Lawyer and Joshua Breece produced touchdown runs to allow the Bulldogs to turn a nine-point deficit into a 27-21 victory.

Stone Bridge has won 31 playoffs games during the last decade, including three so far this postseason.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Dominion, Stone Bridge aim to continue playoff success

The Dominion Titans are one win away from playing in their first state championship game, while the Stone Bridge Bulldogs are aiming to advance to the state final for the sixth time in the last 10 years. Both Loudoun schools will hit the road to play in regional championship games this weekend.

The Ashburn Youth Football League Bulldogs run the ball during the Loudoun Bowl C League championship game versus the Upper Loudoun Youth Football League Bengals.—Times-Mirror/Drew Hall

Loudoun Bowl crowns four champions

A pair of teams from Central Loudoun Youth Football League and one each from Ashburn Youth Football League and Upper Loudoun Youth Football League won titles in the first annual Loudoun Bowl. The Loudoun Youth Football Alliance hosted four championship games Nov. 19 at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville.

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