Loudoun County, Va. — As the high school football postseason 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.
1. Broad Run (12-0, 32.800) —
Broad Run escaped Millbrook and Loudoun Valley in their region quarterfinal and semifinal and did so without starting quarterback Mitch Griffis. The Spartans have been at No. 1 on the list all season for a reason, and Griffis is a big part of it. Broad Run sophomore quarterback Brett Griffis has risen to the occasion in his older brother’s absence, however, expect the quarterback situation to play a key role in the Spartans’ region championship game matchup with No. 3 Tuscarora.
2. Stone Bridge (10-1, 31.600) —
After a first round bye, Stone Bridge cruised in its VHSL Region 5C semifinal against Potomac Falls, setting up a rematch with No. 4 Woodgrove for the region crown on November 29. In the teams’ regular season matchup, the Bulldogs exploded in the second half to defeat the Wolverines, 44-14, after Woodgrove kept the score even after the first two quarters. It will be a new look Woodgrove team as they return starting running back KJ Lewis and starting tight end Price Williams, but the Bulldogs are poised to make another deep playoff run.
3. Tuscarora (11-1, 31.000) —
This Tuscarora team is red hot and poses a huge threat to No. 1 Broad Run in the VHSL Region 4C championship game on Black Friday. Tuscarora senior quarterback Ethan Gick has amassed more than 600 total yards and eight touchdowns in his first two playoff games while sophomore running back Bryce Duke has added 414 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns. And the Huskies will be out for revenge after falling to Broad Run in a 2018 VHSL Region 5C semifinal.
4. Woodgrove (7-4, 27.100) +2
After falling to Briar Woods, 28-0, in the regular season, Woodgrove responded in a big way by dispatching the Falcons, 33-21, in a VHSL Region 5C semifinal on November 22. In the regular season match up, the Wolverines were without starting running back KJ Lewis, starting tight end Price Williams, starting lineman Jordan Wilkerson, and starting cornerback Micaiah Hendricks. Lewis and Williams’ return freed up senior receiver Tyler Blizzard, who caught six passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of the region semifinal. Woodgrove has an uphill battle if they want to earn a berth to the VHSL 5A State tournament.
5. John Champe (6-5, 28.100) -1
By way of a convincing Woodgrove win over previous No. 4 Briar Woods, John Champe falls to No. 5 on the list.
On the bubble: Briar Woods (6-6, 26.000)