Loudoun County, Va. — As the high school football season heats up in Loudoun County, a few local teams have continued to stand out from the crowd, while several others are potential contenders. In a four-region 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 Region 6B, Region 5C, Region 4C, and Region 3B standings.
1a. Broad Run (9-0, 31.333) —
Even without senior quarterback Mitch Griffis and senior middle linebacker Chaz Allison, Broad Run put together a complete team effort in a key Week 10 win over rival Briar Woods. In place of his brother, sophomore quarterback Brett Griffis scored two touchdowns and collected more than 200 all-purpose yards in his first career start. The Spartans will have their toughest test of the season when they travel to rival Stone Bridge on November 8 for the Battle of the Burn.
1b. Stone Bridge (9-0, 32.000) —
After holding off a surging Briar Woods team, 29-14, on October 25, Stone Bridge shut out Potomac Falls, 41-0, in Week 10. The Bulldogs are again equipped with all the pieces they need to be Loudoun’s top dog, but they’ll have to get through No. 1 Broad Run on November 8 before they can claim that title.
3. Tuscarora (8-1, 30.333) —
Tuscarora has allowed one touchdown or less in five of their nine games this season and haven’t allowed two touchdowns in the same game since October 4. In Week 10, the Huskies posted their second shut out of the season, defeating Loudoun Valley, 35-0. Tuscarora will clinch the No. 2 seed in the Dulles District with a win over Dominion on November 8; a loss drops them to the No. 3 seed.
4. John Champe (5-4, 27.111) —
John Champe enjoyed its bye week on November 1. A win over rival Freedom on November 8 should secure the Knights a playoff berth.
5. Briar Woods (5-4, 26.556) —
Briar Woods hung around with No. 4 John Champe in Week 2; fell to No. 1 Stone Bridge, 29-14, on October 25; then fell to No. 1 Broad Run, 24-7, on November 1. Their fourth loss came to No. 4 Tuscarora on September 27. Despite their 5-4 record, the Falcons have competed in one of the area’s toughest schedules and could give someone fits in the VHSL Region 5C tournament.