Freedom-South Riding’s Brendan Kammerdiener leads the way
By Matt Brooks,
As a freshman on Freedom-South Riding’s varsity football team, Brendan Kammerdiener had the physical tools and toughness to challenge for the starting fullback job. But after one season with the Eagles, he ditched the pads and helmet for the wrestling mat.
Now a senior, Kammerdiener is back on the field, and in Friday’s matchup with first-year rival Champe, the converted tailback demonstrated just how well his brute strength and athleticism translate on the gridiron.
In just his third game at running back, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Kammerdiener racked up a career-high 392 yards and four touchdown on a career-high 37 carries to lead the Eagles to a 42-26 victory in Aldie.
Kammerdiener had touchdown runs of 39, 51, 80 and 1 yard and led a Freedom ground attack that churned out 494 yards on 53 carries.
“When we moved him to tailback two weeks ago against Stonewall Jackson, he ran well and helped us control the tempo early in that game,” Freedom Coach Mick Mullins said. He was able to run the ball at a pretty good clip, so we just kept giving it to him.
“He’s one of those kids that I like ’cause you can just turn around and hand him the ball 23 times, and he’s going to get you two or three yards no matter what.”
The win was Freedom’s second of the season against Champe (0-7), which opened in August with a student body made up primarily of students who were previously in Freedom’s school district. And although the Knights are winless in their inaugural campaign, the school’s presence alone has already built the foundation for a rivalry.
The Eagles (3-5) play Osbourn and Broad Run in their final two contests as a member of the AAA Cedar Run District. In two seasons, they are winless against the league. Under the VHSL’s 2013 re-alignment plan, Freedom will join former Dulles District foes Briar Woods, Broad Run, Potomac Falls and Tuscarora in the new Potomac District. . . .
Through Woodgrove’s first six games of the season, junior running back Josh Sweet terrorized opposing defenses to the tune of nearly 183 yards per game and 16 touchdowns. But two-time defending state champion Briar Woods put the clamps on the Wolverines’ top offensive weapon in a humbling 49-17 defeat.
On the heels of consecutive lopsided losses to Loudoun County and the Falcons, the Wolverines (6-2) used their bye to regroup, and in their 51-20 win against Heritage on Friday, Sweet was his old self. He carried 32 times for 212 yards and five touchdowns to move back into third among the area’s most productive rushers. Sweet’s 21 touchdowns are fourth-most in the area.
Woodgrove will lean heavily on Sweet again on Friday when the Wolverines look for their first win against fellow third-year Loudoun school Tuscarora. The Huskies will counter with their own run-heavy offense, which produced a pair of 100-yard rushers in the team’s 40-26 win against Dominion on Friday. Senior running back Adrien Stinger had 121 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries and sophomore Noah Reimers added 113 yards and a pair of scores. . . .
Loudoun County quarterback Jake Lokey turned in his second straight 300-yard passing game in the Raiders’ 29-14 win against Potomac Falls. The senior three-year starter completed 30 of 50 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns and continues to flourish in the Raiders’ spread offense. Traditionally a run-first team, Loudoun County opened up its passing attack after its lone loss of the season against Tuscarora on Sept. 21. In the four games since, Lokey is averaging 318 yards and has 17 passing touchdowns while the Raiders are 4-0 and averaging better than 43 points per game.