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State championship streak on the line Saturday

photoBriar Woods coach Charlie Pierce addresses his players after a game earlier this season. The Falcons are one victory away from becoming the first Loudoun team to win three consecutive state football championships.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Beverly Denny

When the Briar Woods Falcons and the Stone Bridge Bulldogs take the field Dec. 8 at their respective state championship game sites, both teams will look to continue an impressive streak of a Loudoun school, more specifically an Ashburn school, winning a state football title each of the last five years.

Stone Bridge started the run with its 2007 state championship. Broad Run followed with back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009, and Briar Woods extended the streak with consecutive state crowns in 2010 and 2011.

Despite the recent success, Loudoun has not fielded two state football champions in the same season. That could change this year as Stone Bridge and Briar Woods both take undefeated records into the final week of the 2012 season.

photoStone Bridge coach Mickey Thompson talks to his players following a 28-21 win against Hanover in the state semifinals Dec. 1. The Bulldogs will play in their fifth state title game Dec. 8.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Pat Kane

Stone Bridge (14-0) will face Lake Taylor (14-0) from Norfolk in the Virginia Division 5 championship. The game will be played at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the site of the Bulldogs’ 2007 state title game.

Both teams have not only won all of their games this season, but have done so in very effective fashion. Lake Taylor is scoring 45 points per game on average this year, while allowing 9.5 points per contest. Stone Bridge is averaging 43 points and allowing 13 points per game.

Coach Mickey Thompson leads the Bulldogs into their fifth state championship game. Stone Bridge is 1-3 overall in state title games, shutting out Potomac, 38-0, in the 2007 championship. The Bulldogs also reached the state final in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

Stone Bridge quarterback Ryan Burns will conclude his prep career Saturday. The Stanford University commit has already set the Bulldog single-season passing record this fall. 

“I really don’t think about records,” Burns said. “I just try to do what it takes to win games for our team.”

Briar Woods (14-0) will travel to Lynchburg to face Heritage-Lynchburg (12-1) in the Virginia Division 4 state championship at Liberty University. The Falcons have won both of their state championships at Liberty.

Coach Charlie Pierce and the Falcons will attempt to become the first Loudoun school to win three consecutive state football titles. Briar Woods defeated Harrisonburg, 41-21, in the 2010 final and won a 28-26 thriller over Christiansburg in last year’s title game.

Heritage enters the state final with plenty of momentum. The Pioneers topped previously undefeated Salem, 24-16, in last week’s semifinals for their fifth straight win. Heritage is scoring 31 points and allowing 10.5 points per game on average in 2012.

Briar Woods boasts a state-best 28-game winning streak. The Falcons are winning by an average of 34 points per game, having defeated 13 of their 14 opponents by 27 or more points.

Junior quarterback Trace McSorley has started under center in each of those victories. Overall, McSorley is 41-3 as a varsity starter, including a 5-0 mark in state playoff games.

McSorley and his teammates will aim to make it 6-0 in state playoff games Saturday with their sights set on a coveted third consecutive state title.

“The past few years, we have been fortunate to come out with a win,” McSorley said. “We will keep doing what we do and hopefully we will be able to come out with a win on Saturday.”

Road to the state finals

Division 5 final

-Who: Stone Bridge vs. Lake Taylor
-When: Dec. 8 at 12:07 p.m.
-Where: Scott Stadium, University of Virginia

Stone Bridge (14-0)
def. Robinson, 31-14
def. Chantilly, 24-8
def. South Lakes, 49-6
def. Broad Run, 37-14
def. Thomas Jefferson, 42-7
def. Langley, 27-6
def. Marshall, 63-6
def. McLean, 49-7
def. Madison, 42-0
def. Fairfax, 37-28
def. Edison, 69-7*
def. Langley, 33-14*
def. Yorktown, 69-50*
def. Hanover, 28-21*

Lake Taylor (14-0)
def. Indian River, 41-0
def. Bethel, 51-0
def. Wilson, 48-6
def. George Washington (Danville), 21-0
def. Washington, 56-7
def. Maury, 48-14
def. Norview, 55-0
def. Granby, 27-25
def. Churchland, 63-40
def. Norcom, 49-14
def. Maury, 51-0*
def. Lakeland, 46-7*
def. Phoebus, 54-0*
def. North Stafford, 23-21*


Division 4 final

-Who: Briar Woods vs. Heritage (Lynchburg)
-When: Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m.
-Where: Williams Stadium, Liberty University

Briar Woods (14-0)
def. Patriot, 42-14
def. Broad Run, 20-15
def. Park View, 43-0
def. Dominion, 41-7
def. Potomac Falls, 49-3
def. Tuscarora, 35-6
def. Woodgrove, 49-17
def. Heritage, 54-0
def. Loudoun Valley, 45-0
def. Loudoun County, 45-0
def. Powhatan, 34-7*
def. Liberty, 42-14*
def. Loudoun County, 31-0*
def. Courtland, 45-15*

Heritage (12-1)
def. Magna Vista, 44-30
def. E.C. Glass, 32-7
def. Halifax County, 44-12
def. Liberty (Bedford), 35-14
def. Amherst County, 27-0
def. Martinsville, 38-8
def. Rustburg, 42-14
lost to Brookville, 19-17
def. Jefferson Forest, 56-12
def. E.C. Glass, 6-0
def. William Byrd, 35-0*
def. Amherst County, 12-7*
def. Salem, 24-16*

*Playoff game




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