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Loudoun County outlasts Loudoun Valley in Dulles District thriller

Cam Corbett’s 24-yard touchdown reception with 16 seconds left provided the winning margin in Loudoun County’s 28-21 win.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Rick Wasser
The Loudoun County Raiders played spoiler on the road versus the Loudoun Valley Vikings with a well-earned 28-21 thrilling victory Oct 6 at Leonard Stadium in Purcellville. Cam Corbett corralled the game-winning touchdown pass from Nick Barts with just 16 seconds left in regulation to give the Raiders a key Dulles District victory.

Loudoun County (4-2, 2-0 in Dulles District) surpassed its win total from a year ago with the road victory. Head coach Tony Rayburn is excited about how his team is coming together.

"We made one more play then them," Rayburn said. "Cam made a catch that was big time. Barts did a great job throwing, the line protected, the defense hung in there. Our kids are growing up, and they don’t give up. They just keep stepping up to the challenge so I’m happy for them."

It was a tough finish for the Vikings (1-5, 1-2) on their annual Hall of Fame night. Running back Rock Swartz was a rock of consistency for Loudoun Valley, pounding out chain-moving runs amassing 125 yards on the ground. Swartz opened up the scoring in the first quarter bruising his way into the end zone giving the Vikings an early 7-0 lead.

Loudoun County was able to match the Vikings' run game with David Harris. The junior running back was electric, running for more than 100 yards in the first half alone. Despite each team having success on the ground, the fast-moving offenses had difficulty sustaining drives. The Raiders and Vikings drove into enemy territory but came up empty via turnover or simply stalling.

Barts and the Raiders broke through in the second quarter. Barts connected with Zac Beal for a 21-yard touchdown completion to pull Loudoun County even at 7-7.

The Raiders continued to move the ball through the air in the third quarter. Senior receiver Dominic Baah hauled in three straight passes from Barts, the last resulting in a 21-yard touchdown reception that gave his team at 14-7 lead. Baah went on to catch eight passes in the second half for 138 yards.

Loudoun County maintained its 14-7 advantage until the final four minutes of regulation when a frantic touchdown clinic broke out. Loudoun Valley senior receiver Sam Allen scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Goings and the mood of the home crowd quickly became giddy with the game tied at 14-14.

Loudoun County needed just three plays to regain the lead. Noah Lokey returned the ensuing squib-kickoff all the way to the Vikings 28-yard line. Barts quickly connected with Baah and a Harris run set the Raiders up at the 8-yard line. Barts found Corbett in the end zone for a touchdown with a little more than two minutes left.

Loudoun Valley remained undeterred and needed just one play to tie things back up. Utilizing some misdirection in the backfield, Evan Winnett got behind the Raider secondary and hauled in a 49-yard bomb from Goings to tie the score again at 21-21.

Accustomed to late game drama, Loudoun County was steadfast. From their own 26-yard line, Barts and company were poised and efficient. Six completed passes later, the Raiders were back in the end-zone. Corbett again came up huge as he jumped above two Vikings defenders, honed in on Barts’ pass and followed through for the 24-yard game-winning touchdown reception.

"The coaching staff made up a good scheme for the next play and we just went out and executed," Corbett said. "I just see it and I go get it. My dad had a 48-inch vertical in high school, so that’s where I get that from."

Loudoun County 28, Loudoun Valley 21

-First Quarter
LV: Swartz 2 run (Van Zandt kick) 5:56

-Second Quarter
LC: Barts 21 pass to Beal (Carson kick) 7:29

-Third Quarter
LC: Barts 18 pass to Baah (Carson kick) 8:32

-Fourth Quarter
LV: Goings 18 pass to Allen (Van Zandt kick) 3:24
LC: Barts 8 pass to Corbett (Carson kick) 2:03
LV: Goings 49 pass to Winnett (Van Zandt kick) 1:44
LC: Barts 24 pass to Corbett (Carson kick) 0:16

Offensive leaders

-Passing: LC – Barts (18 of 34 for 288 yards, 4 TD, Int.); LV – Goings (12 of 27 for 170 yards, 2 TD, 3 Int.)

-Rushing: LC – Harris (22-143); LV - Swartz (29-125-1), Huerbin (2-13)

-Receiving: LC – Baah (9-149-1), Corbett (4-63-2), Beal (3-63-1), Berard (1-12); LV – Winnett (3-69-1), Allen (5-55-1), Cutrara (2-27), Sedmak (1-17)


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