Quarterback Brady Reitzel scored the winning touchdown with 45 seconds left to lift Broad Run to a 23-21 win against No. 11 Stone Bridge in a Virginia 5A North quarterfinal between the two Ashburn rivals.
The win was the first for the Spartans (9-3) in the head-to-head series against the Bulldogs (9-3).
“This is a big win for us. It’s a playoff win,” Spartans Coach Matt Griffis said. “These two teams have a great tradition.”
Broad Run led 17-7 early before Stone Bridge edged back ahead 21-17 with less than six minutes to play.
“I just told the kids that we’re fine and that we are destined to win this ball game,” Griffis said. “And I think the kids had it in their minds they were going to refuse to lose.”
The Spartans will face the third Ashburn school, No. 4 Briar Woods (11-1), in a Virginia 5A North semifinal next week.
The Falcons beat Mountain View, 49-7, in a region quarterfinal on Friday behind five touchdown passes from quarterback Trace McSorley.