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Stone Bridge and Tuscarora will square off for the second time this season next weekend in the Region 5C championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Stone Bridge, Tuscarora advance in Region 5C football playoffs

The Stone Bridge Bullodgs and the Tuscarora Huskies punched their tickets for the Region 5C football championship game following semifinal victories Friday night. No. 1 seed Stone Bridge defeated No. 5 John Champe 45-22 and No. 3 Tuscarora held off No. 2 Broad Run for a 14-12 victory.

John Champe has won eight games in its first season of playing in Class 5. The Knights will face a stern challenge Friday night, playing at No. 1 seed and unbeaten Stone Bridge in the Region 5C semifinals.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun teams to square off Friday in Region 5C football semifinals

The Region 5C football semifinals will be an all-Loudoun affair Friday night as No. 1 seed Stone Bridge hosts No. 5 John Champe and No. 2 Broad Run hosts No. 3 Tuscarora. The winners of Friday's games will advance to play each other next weekend for a region championship and a spot in the state semifinals.

Broad Run High School alum Connor Jessop has excelled in his senior season for Shepherd University.—Photo Courtesy/Shepherd University athletics

Broad Run alum Jessop earns MEC Offensive Player of Year award

Shepherd University senior quarterback Connor Jessop (Broad Run) is the 2017 Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Year after piloting the Rams to a perfect 10-0 record during the regular season. Shepherd junior wide receiver Wanya Allen (Potomac Falls) and West Virginia Wesleyan senior linebacker Brandon Grayson (Loudoun Valley) were selected on the second team.

Dulles District football team selections

Loudoun County junior quarterback Nick Barts and Dominion senior defensive lineman Jayde Pierre are the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year on the 2017 All-Dulles District football team. Loudoun County's Tony Rayburn is the Coach of the Year after guiding the Raiders to a seven-win season and first playoff bid since 2014.

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

Tuscarora downs Potomac Falls for second time in as many weeks

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.

Loudoun varsity football postseason scoreboard

Stone Bridge, Broad Run, Tuscarora and John Champe high schools each won quarterfinal games Friday night to advance to the Region 5C football semifinals. No. 5 seed John Champe will play at No. 1 Stone Bridge and No. 2 Broad Run will host No. 3 Tuscarora in the semifinal round.

Broad Run will host Wakefield in a Region 5C quarterfinal round playoff game Friday night in Ashburn.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Seven Loudoun teams begin postseason play Friday

Seven Loudoun teams have qualified for the 2017 varsity football postseason by virtue of the Virginia High School League power ratings. Stone Bridge, Broad Run, Tuscarora, John Champe and Potomac Falls earned spots in the Region 5C playoffs, while Dominion and Loudoun County have secured spots in the Region 4C playoffs.

Redshirt freshman QB Daniel Smith rushed for 289 yards and four touchdowns, while passing for another score in Campbell’s 42-29 win versus Davidson.—Photo Courtesy/Campbell University athletics

Tuscarora alum Smith selected as FCS top offensive player

Following a record-setting performance in a 42-29 victory Nov. 4 versus Davidson, Campbell University redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Smith was selected as the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Week. Smith, a Tuscarora High School alum, rushed for 289 yards and four touchdowns in the 13-point win.

Stone Bridge sophomore Jonathan Milles and team captain Jack Kosko congratulate Nick Mell following Mell’s second of three rushing touchdowns against Broad Run.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

MORE PHOTOS: In season-ending battle of unbeatens, Stone Bridge comes up perfect

By kickoff, every available spot in the stands at F.H. Furr Field on the campus of Stone Bridge High School was spoken for, though more kept coming. The air was electric with anticipation, as though something had to give and was just about to. Coming into their annual showdown Nov. 3, Ashburn rivals Broad Run and Stone Bridge carried unblemished 9-0 records and hopes of regular-season perfection, neighborhood bragging rights and the Potomac District championship.

Senior receiver Adam Thorne streaks toward the end zone for Tuscarora’s first touchdown during a 21-0 victory against Potomac Falls.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

IN PHOTOS: Tuscarora shuts out Potomac Falls

The Tuscarorora Huskies closed the regular season on a positive note, shutting down the host Potomac Falls Panthers 21-0 in Potomac District action Nov. 3 in Sterling. Adam Thorne scored on a 32-yard catch and run midway through the third quarter and Jaylon Lundy added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs for the Huskies.

Loudoun County held Heritage off the scoreboard until the final minute of play in a 10-7 win.—Times-Mirror/Drew Hall

Defense fuels Loudoun County’s charge in 10-7 win versus Heritage

The Loudoun County Raiders defeated the Heritage Pride 10-7 in a surprising defensive clash Nov. 3 in Leesburg to claim a share of the Dulles District title and most likely secure a playoff bid. The Raiders (7-3) finish the regular season with their first winning record since 2012.

Loudoun Varsity Football Scoreboard: Week 11

Briar Woods, Dominion, John Champe, Loudoun County, Stone Bridge, Tuscarora and Woodgrove each won district games Friday night to conclude the 2017 varsity football regular season. Stone Bridge finishes atop the Potomac District at 7-0, while Dominion and Loudoun County both completed Dulles District play at 5-1.

Broad Run and Stone Bridge will play each other for the fifth time in three years Friday night at Stone Bridge.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

Unbeaten Ashburn rivals to square off Friday in regular-season finale

The annual Battle of the 'Burn football game between Ashburn rivals Broad Run and Stone Bridge is always one of the most anticipated games in Loudoun County. In addition to earning neighborhood bragging rights, the winner of Friday's showdown will claim the outright Potomac District title, complete an undefeated regular season and very likely secure the No. 1 seed in the Class 5 Region C playoffs.

The John Champe Knights rate fifth in Class 5, Region C entering their regular-season finale Nov. 3 versus Freedom.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Virginia High School League football power ratings

Loudoun teams occupy five of the top six spots in the VHSL Class 5, Region C football power ratings entering the final week of the regular season. Stone Bridge leads the way, followed by Broad Run, Falls Church, Tuscarora, John Champe and Potomac Falls. Dominion ranks third in Class 4, Region C, while Heritage, Woodgrove and Loudoun County hold spots six through eight.

Tuscarora senior Adam Thorne, shown here scoring a first-quarter touchdown, caught a long pass from Justin Allen and rumbled the rest of the way into the end zone on the final play of regulation to lift the Huskies to a thrilling 34-29 victory over host John Champe.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Thriller in Aldie: Magical final play lifts Tuscarora past Champe

The Tuscarora Huskies and John Champe Knights faced each other on the football field for the first time Oct. 27 in Aldie. The Potomac District teams proceeded to set the bar so high, we may not see another game quite like it.

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