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Evergreen Lions to hold player evaluations Sunday

Evergreen Lions Travel Football will conduct player evaluations (Under-9 through rising eighth graders) for the 2017 tackle football season April 23, 4-6 p.m. on field No. 3 at CroppMetcalfe Park at Evergreen Sportsplex.
Trace McSorley

McSorley voted Penn State football captain

Briar Woods High School alum Trace McSorley has been voted as one of three Penn State University football captains by his teammates for the 2017 season. McSorley, a junior quarterback, joins Jason Cabinda and Nick Scott as team captains. "These three young men have been leaders in our program, on and off the field," PSU head coach James Franklin stated in a release.

Front row, from left: Briar Woods seniors Skyler Springs, Jordan Ward and Samari Springs. Back row: Briar Woods football coach Charlie Pierce and athletic director Jerry Carter.—Photo Courtesy/Chuck Moore, Random Snaps Photography

Briar Woods trio to play college football

Briar Woods High School recently held a ceremony for three senior student-athletes who will continue their football careers in college. Skyler Springs will play for Georgetown University, Jordan Ward will lace up the cleats for Virginia Military Institute and Samari Springs is headed to the University of Richmond.

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.

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