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Briar Woods football coach Pierce to take leave of absence

Briar Woods High School athletic director Jerry Carter issued a release Thursday night stating that head varsity football coach Charlie Pierce is taking a leave of absence from coaching for the 2017 season. Pierce has guided the Falcons' football program since the school opened in 2005, winning three state championships along the way.

Park View accepting applications for head football coach

Park View High School in Sterling seeks a head varsity football coach. Mick Mullins resigned after guiding the Patriots for three seasons to spend more time with his family.

The Virginia Xtreme 14U Black Elite team representing the Washington Redskins won the NFL Flag Championship Jan. 29 in Orlando.—Courtesy Photo

MORE: Virginia Xtreme reign supreme at NFL Flag Championships

Two years ago, the Virginia Xtreme Redskins defeated the Ryan Football Dolphins in the semifinals on their way to winning the NFL Flag National Championship in the ages 12 and under division. The Ryan Football Dolphins turned the tables last year - knocking off the Leesburg-based Xtreme in the semifinals before winning it all.

Freedom football coach Sean Curry resigns

Freedom High School head football coach Sean Curry announced to his team Thursday that he will not return for the 2017 season. Curry guided the Eagles to matching 4-6 records in his two seasons as head coach.

Justin Allen accepts the Most Valuable Player award.—Photo Courtesy/USA Football

Tuscarora’s Allen named International Bowl MVP

Tuscarora High School sophomore Justin Allen earned Most Valuable Player honors after helping the U.S. Under-17 national team defeat Team Japan 44-7 in the eighth annual International Bowl. Allen completed 6 of 7 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in the win.

The Virginia Xtreme Sports 10U football team members pose in the Washington Redskins locker room.—Courtesy Photo

Xtreme football teams going national

A pair of Virginia Xtreme Sports teams representing the Washington Redskins have earned the chance to play for a national championship in their repsective age divisions at the NFL Flag National Championship, set for Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla.

Football: Three local athletes to play in International Bowl

A trio of student-athletes from Loudoun County public high schools have been selected to compete in the eighth annual International Bowl, set for Jan. 16-17 at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Justin Allen and Christophe Atkinson of Tuscarora will play for the U.S. Under-17 national team, and Tyler Savage of John Champe will compete for the U.S. Under-16 national team.

Updated: Ten area athletes on national champion football teams

A pair of national champions were recently crowned in college football, and the rosters of both winning teams include area players. Briar Woods, Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun County and Stone Bridge high schools were each represented.

JMU football goes for second national title Saturday

James Madison University will square off with Youngstown State in the NCAA Division I FCS championship game Saturday in Texas. The Dukes' roster includes eight players - Adeeb Atariwa, Justin Bethea, Ryan Horner, Lawton Riggs, Brett Siegel, Grant Westbrook, Matt Wolcott and Richard Xu - from Loudoun County.

Group 4A All-State football team selections

Dominion, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun Valley and Woodgrove high schools are each represented on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 4A All-State football team. Dominion senior Tommy Christ garnered first-team recognition at both offensive and defensive line.

VHSL Group 5A All-State football team selections

Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora high schools are represented on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State football team. Highland Springs senior Juwan Carter (offense) and L.C. Bird senior Rayshard Ashby (defense) were selected as Players of the Year.

Stone Bridge senior Joshua Breece breaks free for a big gain during the Virginia 5A state championship game. Breece closed out his varsity career with another big performance, rushing for 213 yards and a touchdown.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Highland Springs scores in final minute to dash Stone Bridge’s title hopes

It was a championship worthy drive. Stone Bridge drove 80 yards on 16 plays, running more than seven minutes off the game clock in the fourth quarter of the Virginia 5A state championship game Dec. 10 versus Highland Springs at Hampton University.

Briar Woods coach Charlie Pierce led the cheers in the team huddle following the Falcons’ 41-21 victory over Harrisonburg in the 2010 Division 4 state football championship game.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Football: Loudoun’s history in state title games

Loudoun County high schools have played in 18 state championship games in football. Stone Bridge has advanced to the state final seven times, followed by four appearances each by Briar Woods and Park View. Briar Woods (three) and Broad Run (two) have won multiple state titles.

Junior Bradley Block rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns in Stone Bridge’s 35-29 loss to Highland Springs.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Heartbreak in Hampton: Late TD lifts Highland Springs past Stone Bridge in state final

In a game that saw the lead change hands five times in the second half, Highland Springs took the lead when it counted most Saturday afternoon in the Virginia 5A state championship at Hampton University.

Stone Bridge football players and the Bulldog are fired up to once again play in the Virginia 5A championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge goes for state title against familiar foe

The football team at Stone Bridge High School already settled one score this season. Now they seek to settle another. Back last December, the Bulldogs rode a late-season surge all the way to the Group 5A state championship game, their sixth title game appearance since 2005. Stone Bridge's hopes for its second ring were dashed, however, when a fast Highland Springs team ran past them for a 27-7 win.

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