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Broad Run remains undefeated, hands Woodgrove first loss

The Broad Run Spartans remained undefeated with an impressive 28-12 victory over the previously unbeaten Woodgrove Wolverines Sept. 9 in Purcellville. Despite giving up an early touchdown, the Spartans defense continued to bring down the curtain on their way to their third straight win.

Woodgrove (2-1) brewed up a strong drive to open the game. From their own 25-yard line, the Wolverines pushed forward slowly but effectively on the ground. Two fourth-down conversions kept the drive alive for Woodgrove as they controlled the ball for over six minutes. Junior Ben Castellano used his formidable wingspan to haul in a 27-yard pass from freshman quarterback Burton Bailey to vault the ‘Green Machine’ to a 6-0 lead.

Broad Run (3-0) fumbled on their first possession of the game, quickly feeding the Wolverines’ momentum and setting Woodgrove up in scoring position. Cool and collected, the Spartans defense was not rattled. Junior defensive back Luke Lindenfeldar inflicted the first damage, intercepting an errant Woodgrove pass. A cut to mid-field and 68-yards later, Lindenfeldar crossed the goal line giving the Spartans a 7-6 lead.

“I just saw him throw it and I picked it and I ran as fast as I could,” said Lindenfeldar. “We’re a hard-nosed football team.”

The Spartans increased their lead early in the second quarter when sophomore running back Tim Baldwin plowed four yards into the endzone increasing Broad Run’s lead to 13-6. Baldwin is quickly emerging as one of the area’s best running backs. Both slippery and powerful, Baldwin ran for 126 yards against a strong Wolverines defense forcing Woodgrove to crowd the line of scrimmage.

Poor special teams play by the Wolverines gave Broad Run the upper hand in the battle for field position. Three first-half turnovers however negated the Spartans’ advantage keeping the score close heading into the second half.

With the defense settled in and in sync, Broad Run opened up an air-attack in the third quarter. Senior receiver Detwaun Turner hauled in a pass from quarterback Mitch Griffis and sprinted 51-yards to launch the Spartans to a two touchdown lead. Turner found paydirt again, late in the third quarter on the end of an 8-yard touchdown reception from Griffis and Broad Run was in charge 28-6. “It feels great. With my quickness, it made it a lot easier to make plays for my team,” said Turner.

“In the second half coach [Matt Griffis] switched things up wanting to swing it out to our receivers and we made plays.”

Running back Josh Johnson put Woodgrove on the scoreboard again on an end-around 23-yard scamper in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late. Johnson ran for over 100 yards and one touchdown for the Wolverines but was held in check for most of the game. Yards were hard to come by with Broad Run forcing five punts to go along with two interceptions and an onside kick recovery.

Broad Run head coach Matt Griffis was pleased with his team’s performance. “I was really proud of the defense. I thought our special teams did a good job,” reflected Griffis. “Offensively we made some plays. We’ve got a nice one-two punch. Our receivers block well and our quarterback does a nice job of putting the ball where it needs to be.”

Broad Run sits atop 5A Potomac District undefeated along with John Champe and Stone Bridge. The Spartans will face John Champe on Sept 15 for the first time in school history.

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