Spring or fall, Stone Bridge High School continues to be home to one of the best varsity football programs in the state.
Playing a condensed schedule this spring after the 2020 fall season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stone Bridge Bulldogs capped an undefeated regular season March 26 with a 61-7 win over the Riverside Rams.
The Bulldogs (5-0) outscored their five Potomac District opponents by a combined margin of 276-63, winning on average by 42 points per game.
Stone Bridge has secured the No. 1 seed for the Region 5C playoffs, scheduled to start April 7. Briar Woods (4-1) -- who held an early lead before losing 56-29 to Stone Bridge during the regular season -- has earned the No. 2 seed for the four-team regional playoffs with the final two teams to be determined.
"Right now, we are relatively healthy and we are playing pretty good," Stone Bridge head coach Mickey Thompson said. "There is a lot of room for improvement ... but we are making progress."
In the midst of their 21st overall season, the Bulldogs have produced 20 consecutive winning seasons and earned 19 straight trips to the postseason.
"When I came here, there was not a winning tradition in this area," said Thompson, the Bulldogs' head coach since the Ashburn school opened in 2000. "The community embraced me as a coach and have supported me the whole time ... winning doesn't hurt."
"There has been a lot of hard conversations and late night talks with parents," Thompson continued. "That is what you have to do because this community wants to know what is going on and they deserve to know what is going on with their kid. It's just been a great relationship with the community since day one."
Thompson has guided Stone Bridge to 17 double-digit win seasons and an overall record of 225-47. The Bulldogs have competed in 66 postseason games since 2002, highlighted by nine appearances in state championship games.
Stone Bridge claimed its lone state title in 2007. Following an impressive 38-24 win over Phoebus in the state semifinals, Stone Bridge rolled past Potomac 38-0 in the championship game to hoist the trophy.
Thompson credits his current and former players, staff and community support for the program's long-lasting success.
"It's the greatest place to coach you could ever want," he said. "It's unbelievable, I have 50 freshmen coming out [for the team]. They want to play and they are excited about playing. It makes coaching fun. I'm pretty grateful to be coaching here."