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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.
Trace McSorley

BWHS alum McSorley is Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Penn State sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley has earned his first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award after his impressive performance Nov. 26 versus Michigan State. McSorley, a Briar Woods High School alum, completed 17 of 23 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-12 win.

Dominion head coach Karl Buckwalter hugs Jadan Pierre as the Titans celebrate a 30-23 come-from-behind win over Woodgrove.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Dominion outlasts Woodgrove in dramatic fashion

Dominion High School's special teams unit was truly special in the final minute of a 30-23 victory over host Woodgrove in the 4A West Region football semifinals Nov. 25 in Purcellville. Junior Ramon Blas converted a 31-yard field goal attempt with 55 seconds left to give the Titans a 24-23 lead.

Loudoun’s Varsity Football Postseason Scoreboard

The Stone Bridge Bulldogs rolled past host Brooke Point 48-21 in a 5A North Region semifinal game Saturday afternoon in Stafford. Stone Bridge and Dominion (4A West) will each play in regional championship games on the road next weekend.

Coach Paul Barnes and his Potomac Falls Panthers will face top seed Massaponax in the 5A North Region semifinals.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Four Loudoun football teams to play in regional semifinal games

Four of the eight teams playing in 5A North or 4A West regional semifinal football games this weekend hail from Loudoun County. Woodgrove will host Dominion in a 4A West semifinal match-up, while Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge will each hit the road for 5A North semifinal games.

Jonathan Allen has wreaked havoc in the opponents’ backfield this season.—Photo Courtesy/University of Alabama athletics

Stone Bridge alum Jonathan Allen selected as Bednarik award finalist

University of Alabama senior defensive end Jonathan Allen is a finalist for the 2016 Chuck Bednarik Award. The Stone Bridge High School alum joins Myles Garrett of Texas A&M and Jabrill Peppers of Michigan as finalists for the award given annually to college football's top defensive player.

Senior QB Easton Turner set career marks for passing yards and touchdowns in Stone Bridge’s 28-7 win.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge passes Broad Run’s test

After going scoreless for the final three quarters of a 10-7 regular-season loss to rival Broad Run, Stone Bridge turned to its passing game in the playoff version of the 'Battle of the Burn' Nov. 19 in Ashburn. Senior quarterback Easton Turner connected twice with junior Tyrese Johnson and once with junior Daniel Thompson for touchdowns to help lead No. 3 seed Stone Bridge to a 28-7 home victory against No. 6 Broad Run in the 5A North Region quarterfinals.

Stone Bridge junior Tyrese Johnson secures a reception with Broad Run senior Travis Hugg trying to jar the ball loose. Johnson caught a pair of first-half touchdown passes in a 28-7 victory.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun Varsity Football: Regional quarterfinal round game stats

Dominion, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Woodgrove high schools each won regional quarterfinal games Friday evening by double-digit margins to secure spots in the regional semifinals. Woodgrove will host Dominion in a 4A West Region semifinal next weekend, while Potomac Falls plays at Massaponax and Stone Bridge is at Brooke Point in the 5A North Region semifinals.

Regional football playoffs: Quarterfinal round scores

Four Loudoun teams punched their tickets for the semifinal round of the regional football playoffs with quarterfinal victories Friday night. Woodgrove and Dominion advanced in the 4A West Region, and Stone Bridge and Potomac Falls advanced in the 5A North Region.

Loudoun Bowl: Youth teams to go for football supremacy

The first annual Loudoun Bowl is set for Nov. 19 at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville. The Loudoun Youth Football Alliance - consisting of Ashburn, Central Loudoun, Lower Loudoun and Upper Loudoun youth football leagues - will host four championship games.

Vernon Davis hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Cousins to give Washington an early 14-0 lead versus Minnesota.—Times-Mirror/Drew Hall

Redskins continue to thrive in close games

After the Washington Redskins allowed the Minnesota Vikings to score 20 consecutive points at the end of the first half, coach Jay Gruden had to shut the door in his office at halftime to cool down. Once he regained his poise, so did his team. For the seventh time this season the Redskins had a game decided by one score, and after beating the Vikings they're 4-2-1 in those situations.

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