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Michael Burnett is returning to California to coach and teach after guiding the Tuscarora High School football team for the past eight seasons. Prior to Tuscarora opening in 2010, Burnett led Broad Run to consecutive state championships in 2008 and 2009.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Burnett resigns as Tuscarora football coach to head back west

In 2006, Michael Burnett and his young family relocated from Santa Monica, Calif., to Leesburg, so he could teach social studies and coach the varsity football team at Broad Run High School. Within two years, Broad Run was a 10-0 team heading into the playoffs; within four years, the school had captured its only two state football championships with consecutive 14-0 records.

Three area players selected on ALL-USA Virginia football team

Stone Bridge senior WR Daniel Thompson, Tuscarora junior OL Will Moore and Woodgrove junior TE Ben Castellano earned second-team accolades on the 2017 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Virginia football team, presented by USA TODAY.

Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan sacked Brock Osweiler twice Sunday to push his season total to 11.—Times-Mirror/Drew Hall

Cousins throws for three touchdowns, Redskins defeat Broncos

As his mind wandered to whether it was his final home game as Washington's starting quarterback, Kirk Cousins had a bigger concern early Dec. 24 against Denver and its top-ranked defense. "After the first couple of possessions, I didn't know if we were going to get 100 yards on them," Cousins said. Cousins and the Redskins rebounded from losing 2 yards on their first two drives to put up 386 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos in a 27-11 win.

Tuscarora senior Chris Broad makes one of his game-high 14 tackles versus Highland Springs. He also broke up a pass and forced and recovered a fourth-quarter fumble.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Tuscarora’s rally falls short in Class 5 state final

The Tuscarora Huskies entered Armstrong Stadium on the campus of Hampton University on Dec. 10 with dreams of bringing their first state football championship back home to Leesburg. Standing in their way across the field was two-time defending Class 5 state champion Highland Springs, whose sights were set squarely on its third. In the end it was the Springers who got their wish, claiming the crown with a 40-27 triumph over Tuscarora.

Tuscarora junior QB Justin Allen attempts to elude pressure during the Class 5 state championship game versus Highland Springs.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

VHSL state football playoffs scoreboard

Class 6 Westfield, Class 5 Highland Springs, Class 4 Salem, Class 3 Hopewell, Class 2 Appomattox and Class 1 Riverheads each won 2017 Virginia High School League state football championships Sunday. Tuscarora High School represented Loudoun County in the VHSL Class 5 title game. The Huskies fell 40-27 to Highland Springs, who hoisted the state championship trophy for the third consecutive season.

Highland Springs downs Tuscarora in Class 5 state championship game

Despite scoring 27 of the game's final 34 points, the Tuscarora Huskies dug too deep of a hole to prevail in the VHSL Class 5 state championship football game Sunday at Hampton University. Highland Springs raced out to a 33-0 lead on its way to a 40-27 victory, collecting its third consecutive state title.

The Tuscarora Huskies will have to wait an extra day to play Highland Springs for the Class 5 state title.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

VHSL state championship football games postponed to Sunday

Due to Saturday's forecast of snow through various parts of Virginia, the Virginia High School League has postponed each of its six state championship football games to Sunday. Tuscarora will now play Highland Springs in the Class 5 state final Sunday at 12 p.m.

Region 4C football team selections

Dominion, Heritage, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Riverside and Woodgrove high schools are each represented on the 2017 All-Region 4C football team. Region champion Sherando swept top honors with the top offensive and defensive players, as well as coach of the year.

VXS 12U team from left: Coach Bruce Bilek, Chase Bilek, Julian Randolph, Jaden Boring, Coach Gant Randolph, Matthew Han, Julian Roberson, Mani Walker, Max Randolph, Riley Kotch, Russell Markell and Coach Jerome Roberson. Jonathan Kirchner is not pictured.—Courtesy Photo

Two Xtreme teams qualify for NFL Flag Championships

A pair of youth football teams from the Virginia Xtreme Sports organization have earned a chance to be crowned NFL FLAG National Champions. The national competition will be contested in January during Pro Bowl week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.

Tuscarora players rejoice after junior Leron West plunged across the goal line for his first of two rushing touchdowns versus Stafford. The host Huskies prevailed 20-17 to earn a spot in the Class 5 state championship game.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

UPDATED: Skirkanich’s game-winning kick sends Tuscarora to state final

The crowd knew it was good before the referees raised their arms. By the time the football fell to the ground after having split the uprights, sophomore kicker Max Skirkanich - whose right foot had just booted the ball through those goalposts in the waning seconds of regulation - had been swarmed under a mass of ecstatic Tuscarora teammates as the crowd went wild.

The Tuscarora Huskies will aim to win their first state title Saturday versus Highland Springs.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

VHSL state football championship game schedule

The championship game pairings are set for each of the six Virginia High School League classifications. All six state championship games will be contested Saturday at three venues. Tuscarora High School will face Highland Springs in the Class 5 title game at Hampton University.

The Tuscarora Huskies are one win away from advancing to the VHSL Class 5 state championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

VHSL state football semifinal schedule

The Tuscarora Huskies are one of 24 teams that will be in action Saturday during the semifinal round of the Virginia High School League state football playoffs. Semifinal games will be played in six classifications, with the winners advancing to state championship games.

The Tuscarora Huskies rejoice following their 28-27 victory against host Stone Bridge in the Region 5C championship game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Road warrior Huskies nip top-seed Bulldogs, make state semifinals

The Tuscarora Huskies are getting into a pretty good habit. Each of the past two Fridays, the Huskies went to Ashburn to face higher-seeded opponents in the Region 5C playoffs, both of whom had beaten Tuscarora in the regular season, and both with more wins than the Huskies. Still, the boys from Leesburg found ways to vanquish Broad Run and Stone Bridge.

Former Briar Woods High School football standouts Trace McSorley and Brandon Polk with BWHS athletic director Jerry Carter following Penn State’s 66-3 victory at Maryland.—Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

IN PHOTOS: McSorley totals three TD as Penn State routs Maryland

Redshirt junior quarterback Trace McSorley passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 46 yards and another score in Penn State's 66-3 victory against Maryland in a Big Ten conference game Nov. 25 at the University of Maryland.

Senior Kyle Jenkins catches his third touchdown pass of the first half in Tuscarora’s 28-27 victory against previously undefeated Stone Bridge.—Photo Courtesy/Bill Vocke

Regional football postseason scoreboard

The match-ups are set for the Virginia High School League Class 5 state football semifinals. Region 5C champion Tuscarora will host Region 5D champion Stafford in one semifinal Dec. 2, while two-time reigning state champion Highland Springs (Region 5B) will host Region 5A champion Nansemond River in the other semifinal game.


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