Football: Stone Bridge buckles down


“Coach said that men need to be men, and we need to take ownership, man up, and just play football,” said Bulldogs senior running back Sterling Dailey. (Richard A. Lipski/For the Washington Post)
September 19, 2013

Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson didn’t deliver a flowery speech following the No. 7 Bulldogs’ season-opening loss to Lake Braddock. But there were some nuggets.

“Coach said that men need to be men, and we need to take ownership, man up, and just play football,” said Bulldogs senior running back Sterling Dailey, who’s rushed for six touchdowns through two games.

Stone Bridge (1-1) rebounded nicely last Thursday with a 45-35 win at Langley (1-1).

Dailey said the script flipped compared to week one. The Bulldogs’ offense played better, but the defensive unit suffered repeated breakdowns and yielded four passing touchdowns to Saxons senior quarterback Nick Casso.

Stone Bridge’s play in the secondary will again be at the forefront when the Bulldogs travel to Broad Run (3-0) Friday.

DeMatha three-sport star Cameron Phillips will continue to Virginia Tech in football and possibly track. (Nathan Bickell for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

Spartans junior quarterback Brady Reitzel has tossed six touchdowns so far this season, four of which landed in the mitts of Chuck Davis, a junior 6-foot wide receiver.

“They [Spartans] have some big receivers on the outside,” Daley said, “so it’ll be a pretty good matchup for our corners. They’re very athletic.”

For a Stone Bridge group whose aspirations weren’t dashed by the season-opening loss, the mission over the next eight weeks on out is simple.

“We know that we have to win them all,” defensive back D’Ante Yarborough said.

Around the area: Stonewall Jackson Coach Mike Dougherty said via text that Raiders senior quarterback Greg Stroman is “doubtful” for Friday’s game at Woodbridge. Stroman injured his hip in the fourth quarter of a 36-22 loss to Hylton back on Sept. 6. . .

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