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The Tuscarora Huskies celebrate following their 26-25 comeback win over host Heritage in a Region 4C football semifinal game Nov. 19 in Leesburg.

The Tuscarora Huskies scored the first 14 points and final 12 points of their Region 4C football semifinal game against the host Heritage Pride to earn a 26-25 win Nov. 19 in Leesburg.

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Tuscarora sophomore Fletcher Westphal embraces head coach Brandon Wheelbarger.

The Huskies (10-2) avenged a regular-season loss to the Pride and punched their ticket for the Region 4C championship game. Tuscarora will play at top seed Broad Run (11-1) in the regional final Nov. 26.

After falling behind 14-0 in the second quarter, Heritage (9-3) scored 25 consecutive points. Braden Smith connected with Kyle Alt for a 20-yard touchdown completion to cap the scoring run, giving Heritage a 25-14 lead with 8:50 left in regulation.

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Heritage senior Braden Smith threw four touchdown passes to help the host Pride build a 25-14 lead.

Alt caught three of Smith's four touchdown passes for the Pride, who defeated James Wood 32-6 in the first round of the playoffs.

Tuscarora answered when Sonny Mannino found Bryce Duke over the middle for a 52-yard catch and run that trimmed the deficit to 25-20.

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Tuscarora senior Bryce Duke scored three touchdowns -- two rushing and one receiving -- in a 26-25 win over Heritage.

Five minutes later, Duke broke loose for a 62-yard touchdown run that gave Tuscarora a 26-25 lead with 2:16 left. The Huskies held on from there for the one-point victory.

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Heritage senior Omari Cornwall sticks out his right hand to haul in a reception that he took into the end zone for a touchdown.

Tuscarora will aim to win its third consecutive regional championship Nov. 19 at Broad Run. The Spartans -- who defeated Loudoun County 24-19 in the semifinals -- won the regular-season matchup 27-17 over the Huskies on Nov. 5.

More photos by Bill Vocke

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