Thu., Aug. 25 | 10:06 AM - The wait is over. The 2016 Virginia High School League football season kicks off Aug. 26 with 14 of Loudoun's 15 varsity teams in action. The 11-week regular season, 10 games plus a bye week, spans the final week of August through the first week of November. The postseason begins Nov. 11 and culminates Dec. 10 with state champions being crowned in each of the VHSL's six classifications.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:46 AM - The Woodgrove Wolverines enter the 2016 season coming off their best campaign in school history – and now they want more. While the Wolverines already had reached the state quarterfinals once in their history to that point, they also finished 11-2 – two more wins than their previous high in 2013.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:43 AM - Back-to-back undefeated regular seasons. Consecutive trips to the 5A North Region championship game and an appearance in the 2014 Virginia 5A state final. The Tuscarora Huskies have posted a combined 27-2 record over the last two seasons. When Tuscarora needed a big play in 2015, it turned to All-State quarterback Daniel Smith. In 2014, it was running back Noah Reimers, the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:40 AM - Stone Bridge was in the midst of a non-Bulldog like season in 2015. Limited by injuries, Stone Bridge was 4-4 and trailed a formidable Potomac Falls squad 17-0 at halftime in the next to last game of the regular season. The Bulldogs scored 20 unanswered points to win that game 20-17 and would go on to win their next five games to earn another trip to a VHSL state championship game.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:37 AM - In Rock Ridge’s short history, there’s been a lot of building: Building a new school, building a new community, and for veteran head coach Tony Tallent, building a new football program. As the Phoenix’s varsity team enters their second season at the third-year school, the theme continues.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:34 AM - The Riverside Rams are looking to find an identity in more ways than just on the field as they enter only their second year of existence this fall. After going through a first season with a team made up of players from an assortment of different high schools, the Rams are looking to further lay the groundwork for their program in 2016.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:31 AM - When one thinks of Potomac Falls High School athletics, many point to the Panthers' success on the basketball court. But during the course of the last few years, the Panther football program has made tremendous strides. Following an 8-4 record in 2015, the second best mark in program history, first-year head coach Paul Barnes looks to lead Potomac Falls even further this year.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:28 AM - After showing improvement in 2015, Park View is looking to have a breakout year this upcoming season. Mick Mullins, set to embark on his third season as head coach, is no stranger to success at Park View, having previously served as an assistant coach. This is his third stint with the Patriots; he was a part of the staff from 2000-2003 and then again from 2005-2008.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:25 AM - Despite going 7-3 in 2015, Loudoun Valley failed to qualify for the 4A West Region playoffs by one-tenth of a point in the Virginia High School League power ratings. The Vikings were hampered by their strength of schedule as a couple of their wins came against teams that suffered rare losing seasons.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:21 AM - For the third time in three seasons this fall, the Loudoun County Raiders will have a new head coach guiding the program. Fortunately, Tony Rayburn shouldn’t have too much trouble adjusting. After 26 years at Handley High School in Winchester, including the past 14 as its head coach, Rayburn took over as the Raiders head coach in February knowing full well what his new job would entail.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:18 AM - In just its fourth year as a varsity program, John Champe produced an undefeated regular season in 2015 and advanced to the 4A West Region semifinals before bowing out against eventual state champion Salem. The Knights put themselves on the state map and plan to remain there.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:15 AM - When Reed Prosser looks back at the 2015 season, he sees a lot of positives. At the same time, he also sees how much his team can still grow. While Heritage enjoyed its first winning season since 2012 and only the second postseason appearance in program history, Prosser believes there’s more to gain this fall after how last year played out.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:12 AM - Sean Curry's first season as head coach at Freedom was about the "little victories." One of those surfaced in a lopsided loss to a Woodgrove team that featured more seniors than Freedom had players in uniform for the game. Freedom produced an eight-minute drive in the game, a little victory for a building team. There was also actual victories in 2015 as the Eagles set a program record with four wins.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:08 AM - Most years, a six-win output gets a football team into the postseason field. Not so for last year's Dominion Titans, whose 6-4 mark was agonizingly short of a coveted playoff ticket. The Titan football team considers the last day in November their birthday. Next birthday, Dominion's ninth-year head coach Karl Buckwalter wants his players too busy to notice.
Thu., Aug. 25 | 09:04 AM - At least when it comes to on-field performance, the Broad Run Spartans don’t always meet their goals.But that’s mainly because of how high they’ve set the only one they have. After back-to-back Virginia 5A state quarterfinals appearances in 2013 and 2014, the Spartans came up a game short of that round last season and, even more, their overarching goal of practicing beyond Thanksgiving in late November.
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