Tuscarora’s Noah Reimers, Woodgrove’s Josh Sweet ready for rematch


“When he gets his shoulders square and starts running downhill, he can certainly be a load to bring down,” Tuscarora’s Noah Reimers said of Woodgrove running back Josh Sweet, above. (Ricky Carioti/Washington Post)
September 5, 2013

Don’t count on too much pass blocking in Tuscarora’s home tilt against former AA Dulles District rival Woodgrove. Both teams possess a unanimous 2012 all-district selection at running back.

Last October, Noah Reimers and Josh Sweet traded fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 35-31 win for the Huskies (1-0).

Sweet logged a season-high 34 carries for the Wolverines (1-0) in that game, but Reimers reached the end zone five times. His 18-yard jaunt with less than a minute remaining capped off Tuscarora’s rally.

“I have such tremendous respect for Noah as a running back,” Sweet said.

“We’re pretty much the same type of back. We don’t have the full force speed, but we’re smart with our cuts.”

We take you on the field with the Wolverines’ football team for a grueling practice. (Video by Gabe Hiatt for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

In its 2013 season opener, Tuscarora fed its junior rusher 25 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown in a 31-21 victory at Kettle Run. In senior Sweet’s season debut, he racked up 125 yards and scored on four of his nine carries against Freedom-South Riding.

Sweet spent most of that game at linebacker, allowing sophomore Charlie Clewis (16 carries for 141 yards) to spell him. Reimers also moonlights at linebacker and said he’ll need help to take down Sweet.

“When he gets his shoulders square and starts running downhill, he can certainly be a load to bring down,” Reimers said.

Tuscarora Coach Mike Burnett said he emphasized gang tackling in preparation for Sweet. He expects another dynamic night from both backfields.

“I tend to believe that really great backs are going to get their yards one way or another, no matter how you scheme it,” Burnett said.

“I think the key to the game is going to be how the other kids play.”

How the Wolverines fare at Tuscarora will be a fine litmus test to determine how much the program has developed in Coach Mike Skinner’s second year.

Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the weekend of football in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. (The Washington Post)

In the heat of two-a-days, Skinner used last season’s disappointing defeat to the Huskies as a motivational tool.

Panthers, Pride gift unconventional scores

Potomac Falls and Heritage have more in common than first-year head coaches. Both Jason Allen and Reed Prosser won their inaugural games last week by getting points outside of offense.

Senior wideout Justin Bethea welcomed Prosser to the Pride (1-0) with a dominant performance in a 43-29 win over James Wood. He returned punts 82 and 60 yards to the house and caught six passes for 127 yards and two more touchdowns.

The Panthers (1-0) squeaked by Dominion in a 23-19 win thanks in large part to junior linebacker Wanya Allen’s 35-yard interception return for a touchdown.

“The ball kind of just fell in my hands. . . . so I just turned on the gas and took it to the crib,” Allen said.

Allen will try to match Bethea’s nifty returns when he lines up to receive punts and kicks Friday at home against Heritage.

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