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Stone Bridge blasts past Champe to stay unbeaten

Stone Bridge juniors Alex Nandury and Nick Mell celebrate Mell’s touchdown run. The Bulldogs racked up a season-high 59 points in a 31-point win over the host Knights.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser
With a convincing 59-28 triumph Sept. 22 on the road in Aldie, the Stone Bridge Bulldogs earned their fourth win in as many football games this season.

Stone Bridge (4-0) rang up 24 of the contest’s first 31 points versus the John Champe Knights (3-2), as a cadre of different Bulldogs got chances to advance the pigskin.

Senior wide receiver Daniel Thompson shined as junior quarterback Mason Tatum’s top target, snagging five passes in the first half featuring a highlight-worthy 41-yard grab on a fully outstretched dive.

But it was the whirling dervishes of Stone Bridge head coach Mickey Thompson’s famously deceptive misdirection offense that led to two long touchdown runs for junior back Nick Mell and three touchdowns for senior Josh Lawyer, a former defensive lineman now in the ball-carrying rotation.

The Knights were keyed offensively by senior Carl Garmon III. Champe’s featured running back pulled the home team within 10 early in the third when he broke free of multiple tackles and made a fast beeline to the end zone.

Stone Bridge responded with three unanswered touchdown runs of its own.

Early in the fourth quarter, senior Branden Caffrey energized the home crowd when he returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.

A few minutes later, the visitors’ side of the stadium roused itself when Jack Kosko scoped up a fumbled caused by a sack, and the 250-pound senior defensive end stumbled staggeringly forward for several steps before regaining his balance and rumbling 40 yards to the end zone.

The winning 31-point margin is in line with Stone Bridge’s other outcomes, including victories of 31, 33 and 25 points. The total of 59 points is a season-high, besting the Bulldogs’ 46-point production at Lake Braddock. For Champe, the total of 28 points is a season-low.

The Bulldogs will face their second consecutive Potomac District foe Sept. 28 when they host Potomac Falls. The Knights get the weekend off from gameplay before they host Potomac Falls on Oct. 6.

Stone Bridge senior Daniel Thompson extends to haul in a reception. Thompson was the top target of Bulldog junior quarterback Mason Tatum.--Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge senior Josh Lawyer is tackled after reaching the end zone for one of his three touchdown runs.--Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge junior Nick Mell sprints down the sideline en route to a touchdown.--Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

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