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Tuscarora downs Potomac Falls for second time in as many weeks

Tuscarora junior QB Justin Allen sprints toward the end zone for one of his two touchdown runs in a 28-7 victory against Potomac Falls.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke
The Tuscarora Huskies advanced to the Region 5C semifinals with a 28-7 home victory against the Potomac Falls Panthers in the quarterfinal round Nov. 10 at Fortune Field in Leesburg.

Facing the Panthers for the second time in as many weeks, Tuscarora's diversity on offense was too much for Potomac Falls to overcome.

With a winter chill in the air, Tuscarora (9-2) got off to a blazing start. Senior tight end Kyle Jenkins caught a pass from junior quarterback Justin Allen in stride and sprinted into the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown to give the Huskies an early 7-0 lead.

Against the Panthers (5-6) last week, the Huskies did not score until midway through the third quarter.

“I had a rough week last week and I was thinking alright, maybe I can get a confidence booster," Jenkins said. "The play was designed to fake a blast to our running back to get their free safety to suck up, which would give me enough time to come out of the backfield on a go-route. We didn’t hit it all week in practice, but then we finally got it in the game."

Following a Potomac Falls punt pinned the Huskies back on their own 1-yard line, Tuscarora’s confidence shined and a statement was made. After moving to the 15-yard line on the ground, Allen connected with freshman receiver Caleb Coombs for 30 yards and senior running back Jaylon Lundy pounded out 20 more yards on the ground.

On third-and-eight, Allen did the honors by running 36 yards into the end zone to cap a 10-play, 99-yard drive and increased the lead to 14-0.

The Panthers were able to move the ball into Huskies' territory on their ensuing possession but stalled once again and were forced to punt. The Huskies took over at their own 16-yard line. Fourteen plays later, Lundy plowed across the goal line from two yards out, giving Tuscarora a 21-0 advantage heading into halftime.

"It was really coach getting into our heads saying we can do this," Lundy said. "Last week wasn’t the best game. We came out here and played harder. Thanks to my linemen, fullbacks and coaches. It’s not a one-man thing."

Receiving the ball to open the second half, Potomac Falls fell flat and went three-and-out. Two plays later, Allen was running wild again. Sixty-one yards in all on his touchdown gallop put Tuscarora up 28-0 early in the third quarter.

Known for his mastery through the air, Allen rushed for 129 yards on the night while leading the Huskies to touchdowns on each of their first four possessions.

“We made a couple of adjustments to things we thought we could take advantage of and Justin took advantage of," Tuscarora head coach Michael Burnett said. "We thought we could get him out running a lot. That was one of our plans. Of course he did a little more than I thought."

Potomac Falls broke through late in the third quarter when senior quarterback Hunter Lawall crossed the goal line on a 2-yard touchdown run. Down 28-7, the Panthers successfully recovered an onsides kick and showed signs of life. The momentum shift was quickly thwarted when Huskies defensive back Owen Carey intercepted a pass to close out the third quarter.

Following the two wins in consecutive weeks, Tuscarora is now 8-0 in the all-time series against Potomac Falls.

Tuscarora advances to play the Broad Run (10-1) on the road in the semifinals. The Huskies saw a fourth-quarter lead slip away in a 28-12 loss to the Spartans early in the regular season.

"We’ve been waiting for this one since week two," Burnett said of the rematch with Broad Run.

"We felt like we played pretty good against them, but obviously we let it go in the fourth quarter. It left a bad taste in our mouth," Burnett said. "We’re just excited to keep playing at this point. I think it’s great for the county. I figured this is what it would be like, so here we go.”

Tuscarora 28, Potomac Falls 7

-First Quarter
T: Allen 55 pass to Jenkins (Skirkanich kick) 8:30

-Second Quarter
T: Allen 36 run (Skirkanich kick) 9:45
T: Lundy 2 run (Skirkanich kick) 0:19

-Third Quarter
T: Allen 61 run (Skirkanich kick) 9:14
PF: Lawall 2 run (Hytten kick) 0:21

Offensive leaders

-Passing: T – Allen (6 of 11 for 162 yards, TD); PF – Lawall (10 of 20 for 80 yards, Int.)

-Rushing: T – Allen (7-129-2), Lundy (20-71-1), Adjei (3-12); PF – Lipscomb (20-67), Lawall (7-33-1), Mpanya (5-14)

-Receiving: T – Jenkins (3-76-1), Davis (1-38), Coombs (1-30), Thorne (1-18); PF – Misch (4-43), Riddick (3-23), Lipscomb (3-14)

Photos by Bill Vocke


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