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Senior Daniel Thompson hauls in a reception during Stone Bridge’s 47-7 victory against Briar Woods. Thompson caught two touchdown passes in the first half to help the Bulldogs build a 27-0 halftime lead.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore
The Stone Bridge Bulldogs notched touchdowns on each of their first four possessions, then racked up three more in the third quarter in a 47-7 decision over Potomac District foe Briar Woods in the Falcons’ den Oct.6 in Brambleton.

Stone Bridge’s Mason Tatum was a prolific thrower in the early going. The junior quarterback launched 15 first-half passes, with three going for touchdowns. Two went to senior wideout Daniel Thompson as the Bulldogs (6-0, 2-0 in the Potomac District) amassed the contest’s first 47 points.

"We just kept reading the coverage and throwing the deep balls," said the tall, speedy Thompson, who found himself frequently in single coverage and therefore often sent deep for Tatum’s throws.

On fourth down and 6, Thompson ran a deep post and elevated over his defender, striding into the zone with Stone Bridge’s first score.

That was the middle of the first quarter. In the middle of the second, Tatum found Thompson straight down the middle for a 21-yard scoring connection to put the visitors up 26 points on their crosstown hosts.

Bulldog head coach Mickey Thompson, owner and operator of Stone Bridge’s signature brand of single-wing offense, said he took what Briar Woods’ defense was allowing.

"Last week [in 42-14 win over Potomac Falls] we were in a lot of tight sets. This week we were in a lot of open sets. So we have something to coach off of, to get better in the passing game," the coach said.

"But you can’t man [Thompson] up like that. You’ve got to double him. We keep thinking someone’s going to double him, we make plans for that, then you look out there and he’s not doubled. We could have taken a lot more shots to him than we did."

Early in the fourth quarter, the Falcons (1-5, 1-2 in the Potomac District) broke through on the scoreboard. Junior quarterback Kraig Broecker, one of the signal-calling tandem head coach Mike Groves alternated behind center, got loose on a naked boot and found space to scamper 26 yards for a touchdown.

The scoring run punctuated a 73-yard drive that was easily the Falcons’ longest of the night. Sophomore running back Ryan Walther broke off a 38-yard run to flip the field.

"We’re young and I think it showed," Groves said. "What we take from this is that we have to continue to learn and get better. But life doesn’t stop. We have to get ready for a very good John Champe team."

The Falcons will fly to Aldie on Oct. 13 to face Champe, currently tied with Briar Woods in the Potomac District standings. The Bulldogs will return home to host Rock Ridge.

Stone Bridge 47, Briar Woods 7

-First Quarter
SB: Tatum 33 pass to Thompson (Baron kick) 7:56
SB: Mell 48 run (Baron kick) 5:34
SB: Tatum 18 pass to Johnson (Baron kick missed) 3:13

-Second Quarter
SB: Tatum 21 pass to Thompson (run failed) 6:58

-Third Quarter
SB: Tatum 16 run (Baron kick) 9:13
SB: Tatum 15 pass to Thompson (Lashlee kick) 5:11
SB: Tokarchic 9 run (Lashlee kick) 1:20

-Fourth Quarter
BW: Broecker 26 run (Moreno kick) 10:19

Offensive stat leaders

-Rushing - SB: Mell (9-118-1), Tatum (2-28-1), Moss (4-24), Johnson (3-12), Tokarchic (1-13-1); BW: Walther (23-110), Broecker (2-18-1)

-Passing - SB: Tatum (9 of 20 for 176 yards, 4 TD); BW: Broecker (5 of 10 for 44 yards), Rutkowski (4 of 8 for 32 yards, 2 Int.)

-Receiving - SB: Thompson (4-81-3), Johnson (4-60-1), Mell (1-40), Tokarchic (1-10); BW: Casillas (3-34), Groves (2-29), Dove (4-13)

Times-Mirror photos by Chuck Moore


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