Football: Stone Bridge Rolls, Remains Atop LoCo Top 5


Loudoun County, Va. — As high school football gets underway in Loudoun County, a few local teams have already started to stand out among the crowd. In a two-district county, we wanted a way to put things into perspective. Enter: the LoCo Top 5.

Of course, if you’re into hard numbers, check out the full VHSL Region 5C and VHSL Region 4C standings.

1. Stone Bridge (6-0) 

After earning the No. 1 spot on the LoCo Top 5 following their Week 5 performance, Stone Bridge continued to prove its worth, cruising past district foes Potomac Falls, 42-7, on September 28 and Briar Woods, 49-6, on October 5. The Bulldogs are now outscoring opponents 294-50 this fall and still haven’t played the bottom two teams in the Potomac District. Stone Bridge, however, still has challenges in front of them as they host No. 3 Tuscarora on October 19 before travelling to No. 2 Broad Run on November 2.

2. Broad Run (5-1) 

As we mentioned in earlier editions of the LoCo Top 5, Broad Run and Stone Bridge are neck and neck in our ranking of Loudoun teams. And it should remain that way until the Spartans host the Bulldogs on November 2 in the Battle of the Burn. Broad Run rolled through Norfolk-based B.T. Washington, 40-3, on October 5 and will look to stay hot when they host Maryland-based Parkdale on October 12 in Ashburn.

3. Tuscarora (4-2) 

All season, Tuscarora has been in search of the answers to two questions: How would the Huskies respond to first-year head coach Brandon Wheelbarger? And when would 2017 All-LoCo quarterback Justin Allen return to their lineup? While Wheelbarger’s first year has had its ups and downs, the second question was answered following Week 6: Justin Allen is back. Tuscarora should get to ease their shot caller back into action when they play Freedom on October 12 in South Riding.

4. Loudoun County (6-0) 

Loudoun County has posted three straight shutouts, and the Raiders are outscoring their opponents 239-53 in 2018. They have not allowed a single point since September 7. Loudoun County is 6-0 for the first time since 1996, and they show no signs of slowing down. The Raiders, however, cannot put things on cruise control as Dominion, Woodgrove and Heritage pose potential threats to Loudoun County’s perfect season.

5. Woodgrove (3-2) 

Through Week 7, Woodgrove’s season has been rather interesting. A six-touchdown win over Armstrong to open its season was quickly overshadowed when the Wolverines prematurely ended a game against Massaponax after scoring just six points. Woodgrove followed up that performance by scoring just a single touchdown against No. 2 Broad Run on September 7. But the Wolverines are on a little roll right now. Woodgrove has scored more than 40 points in each of its last two games, including a dominate, 43-7, win over Riverside on October 5. Don’t be surprised if the Wolverines climb up this list before the season ends.

On the bubble: John Champe (2-4), Riverside (5-2)


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