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John Champe quarterback Cameron Parson passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the road win versus Heritage.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser
A season after the Heritage Pride left Aldie with a tense 41-38 win inside John Champe High School's stadium, the Knights took out a measure of revenge.

With separation provided by a 22-point fourth quarter, the Knights (3-0) trounced the Pride (2-1) by a 36-point differential, 43-7, Sept. 8 in Leesburg.

Champe head coach Jason Dawson didn't think the outcome represented the two teams' quality.

"Heritage's defensive scheme was top-notch. We just had to keep taking what they were giving us," said Dawson of his Group 5A squad, unbeaten into Week 4 after a 7-4 mark a year ago.

Neither side committed a turnover. The 11 penalties were almost evenly split.

Reed Prosser, head coach of Group 4A Heritage, noted that his team was within two scores of the Knights into the final quarter.

"When you play a great team, the line gets really fine. I thought we did good things on both sides of the football. I'm proud of our kids because I thought they competed," said Prosser, who oversaw the Pride's 8-4 performance last fall.

"But when it was a money down, and we had opportunities to get off the field on defense or hit a big play on offense, we didn't do that and they did."

With one touchdown in the first quarter and two more in the second, Champe accrued a 21-0 halftime advantage. The senior connection of quarterback Cameron Parson and wide receiver Brandon Burdick hooked up seven times for four first downs and two TDs, all in the first half.

Burdick, who also punts, holds placekicks and mans a defensive-back post for the Knights, noted the multiplicity of Champe's offense.

"We got Cameron back there making good decisions. Carl [Garmon III] is the best running back around, I think," the senior said. "We just have so many guys who can do something with the ball."

Burdick executed a fake punt for a first down to keep Champe's initial drive alive. That drive was finished off when Burdick - flying downfield on a straight go route, hand raised calling for the pass - deftly snagged Parson's pass despite the ball's deflection by a defender's outstretched hand.

Parson hit Burdick on a short slant for the Knights' next score, and Parson pinballed through the middle for their third tally.

The Pride found an offensive groove with their second possession of the second half, ignited by big pass gains from sophomore quarterback Brett Johnson to junior wideout Gio Wooten, including a 40-yarder to the 13 for Heritage's debut in the red zone.

From the 2, senior back Beau Hogan took a wide pitch the left, lowered his shoulder and bulled into the end zone to put the Pride on the board, down 21-7.

But Heritage only got the ball back twice more, while the Knights - aided by three fourth-down makes including another successful fake punt - put the game away with three TDs over eight minutes.

Parson made a play-action fake and found senior tight end Alex Thoden wide open for Champe's first score of the fourth.

Garmon, a senior, was the Knights' gamelong workhorse, chugging it 13 times in the first half and 15 in the second, producing a TD. His brother Josiah Garmon, a junior, tallied a touchdown of his own.

"We have so many good kids," Dawson gushed. "But this is up to the kids, how well we prepare, how healthy we stay. But this is pretty awesome. A whole lot better than losing."

The Knights return to Aldie in Week 4 to face their toughest challenge yet in fellow undefeated Potomac District foe Broad Run.

The Pride will board a bus for Charles Town, W.Va., looking to rebound against another non-conference foe in Washington High School.

John Champe seniors Branden Caffrey and Brandon Burdick celebrate in the end zone following Burdick's touchdown against Heritage in Leesburg Sept. 8. The Knights improved to 3-0 with a 43-7 victory over the Pride. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser


John Champe senior Carl Garmon III has rushed for 10 touchdowns in three games this season.--Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser


John Champe 43, Heritage 7

-First quarter
JC: Parson 34 pass to Burdick (Garmon run failed) 5:03

-Second quarter
JC: Parson 3 pass to Burdick (Morrill kick) 11:22
JC: Parson 3 run (Garmon run) 1:42

-Third quarter
H: Hogan 2 run (Henriquez kick) 4:26

-Fourth quarter
JC: Parson 6 pass to Thoden (Parson pass to Cosenke) 11:18
JC: Garmon III 1 run (Morrill kick) 5:31
JC: Garmon 5 run (Morrill kick) 4:01

Offensive stat leaders

-Rushing - JC: Garmon III (28-129, TD), Parson (9-27, TD), Burdick (2-12), Garmon (2-9, TD), Caffrey (1-6); H: M. Johnson (4-30), Calderon (12-22), Wallace (2-9), Moss (1-6), Hogan (1-2, TD)

-Passing - JC: Parson (17 of 26 for 219, 3 TD), Burdick (0 of 1 for 0); H: B. Johnson (9 of 24 for 104)

-Receiving - JC: Burdick (7-87, 2 TD), Savage (2-70), Caffrey (4-15), Cosenke (1-21), Garmon III (1-13), Peshoff (1-7), Thoden (1-6, TD)


-More photos by Rick Wasser
































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