THS football runout

The Tuscarora Huskies will play the Salem Spartans in the VHSL Class 4 state semifinals for a second consecutive season. Tuscarora defeated Salem 36-20 in the 2019 state semifinals.

The Tuscarora Huskies successfully defended Fortune Field for the fifth and final time of the 2021 spring varsity football season April 16. The Huskies defeated the Broad Run Spartans 21-13 to repeat as Region 4C champions.

The victory boosted Tuscarora's record to 7-0. Broad Run and Tuscarora have played twice in each of the last two seasons, with the Huskies holding a 3-1 advantage in those games. Two of those wins have come in regional finals.

"To win against a team like Broad Run is an amazing thing," Tuscarora junior quarterback Sonny "Money" Mannino said. "They came out and fought and did a great job. It’s just a fun time playing a team like that."

As would be expected from a rivalry game, the play was fierce and the energy from the stands was electric during the regional final in Leesburg.

"I feel everyone put in more work and effort watching film and tendencies ... besides that, the coaches came up with a great game plan and the players followed," Mannino said of what led the Huskies to victory. "Scout team had a great week helping out the starters prepare for the game."

Senior CJ Camacho -- one of Mannino's top receiving targets -- noted that the Huskies are hungry for more. "It feels good and we’re glad to be region champs, but it’s not our end goal."

Camacho is having a breakout year playing on both sides of the ball. He earned selection on the All-Dulles District football team as a wide receiver and a defensive back.

"Personally, I like offense more than defense. Catching the ball and making plays is something I’ve loved to do since I was young," Camacho said. "In order to play both sides I’ve had to watch more film to become more prepared for games, as well as getting as many reps as I can in practice. It’s something that I enjoy doing though so I don’t really see it as extra work."

The Huskies will travel to Salem on Saturday to play another set of Spartans, the Region 4D champion Salem Spartans. Tuscarora defeated Salem 36-20 in the 2019 state semifinals to book their ticket for the state final.

Salem (8-0) is coming off a big 35-21 win over the George Washington Eagles in the regional final.

"Salem is a team that runs few but very effective plays," Camacho said. "They’re a very physical team with very good players and we know going in it’s something to be prepared for."

A win over Salem would earn the Huskies a spot in the state title game for the third time in the last four seasons. Reigning state champion Lake Taylor (6-0) will play King George (8-0) in the other Class 4 semifinal game.

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