Football: Broad Run Alone On Top of the LoCo Top 5

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Loudoun County, Va. — As the high school football regular season ends 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.

1. Broad Run (10-0, 32.800)

For the first time all fall, there is a distinct No. 1 on top of the LoCo Top 5. In a meeting of undefeated powers, Broad Run traveled across town to Ashburn-rival Stone Bridge where the Spartans defeated the Bulldogs, 35-21, on November 8. Broad Run senior quarterback Mitch Griffis threw for 357 yards and scored five touchdowns, while the Spartans’ defense forced five turnovers proving definitively that Broad Run owns Ashburn.

Next up: Region 4C No. 1 Broad Run hosts No. 8 Millbrook on November 15

2. Stone Bridge (9-1, 31.600) -1

There are only two teams in Loudoun that have a chance of dispatching Stone Bridge, and fortunately, for the Bulldogs neither No. 1 Broad Run or No. 3 Tuscarora can play them in the postseason. Stone Bridge finished the regular season 4.500 points above the next closest Region 5C team and with all their offensive weapons should roll into the Region 5C tournament championship game.

Next up: Stone Bridge quarterfinal bye in the VHSL Region 5C tournament on November 15

3. Tuscarora (9-1, 31.000)

If any team stands between No. 1 Broad Run and its state championship, Tuscarora might be the scariest. The Huskies’ defensive line is second to none in Loudoun County, and Tuscarora senior quarterback Ethan Gick pairs nicely in the backfield with sophomore running back Bryce Duke. The Huskies’ only loss in 2019 came in Week 1 to No. 1 Broad Run, and Tuscarora has only played one other close game since then.

Next up: Region 4C No. 3 Tuscarora hosts No. 6 Sherando on November 15

4. John Champe (6-4, 28.100)

John Champe sneaks into the Region 6B playoffs at the No. 8 seed. In just eight seasons since the school opened, the Knights have now made the VHSL Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, and Class 6 region playoffs. John Champe, however, will have its work cut out for them when they travel to Woodbridge on November 15.

Next up: Region 6B No. 8 John Champe travels to No. 1 Freedom-Woodbridge on November 15

5. Briar Woods (5-5, 26.000)

Despite falling to Potomac Falls in the regular season finale, Briar Woods has enough potential upside to keep them in the LoCo Top 5. If the Falcons can get through the Lancers on November 15, they will set up a rematch with Woodgrove in a VHSL Region 5C semifinal, a team they shut out, 28-0, in the regular season.

Next up: Region 5C No. 3 Briar Woods hosts No. 6 R.E. Lee on November 15

On the bubble: Woodgrove (6-4, 27.100)

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Owen Gotimer has a passion for helping people grow and self-educate through new media. Owen spent his college years at Syracuse University, where he studied broadcast and digital journalism in the renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications. In his "free time", Owen volunteers as a varsity baseball coach at John Champe and is the president of the Jeffrey C. Fowler Memorial Scholarship.

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