From Sunday's Loudoun Extra
Broad Run rolls over Park View, 42-21
To help its offensive linemen learn the variety of blocking schemes designed for its new single-wing offense, the Broad Run coaching staff outfitted every center, tackle and guard with play lists on wrist bands more often sported by quarterbacks and receivers.
On Friday night, in the latest chapter of their rivalry with AA Dulles District foe Park View, the Spartans' front line put their wrist bands to good use as Broad Run called 23 straight running plays to start the game, establishing its dominance in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Derril Thomas's one-yard scoring plunge began a string of six touchdowns in the team's first seven possessions - with the only non-scoring drive halted by the halftime whistle - as No. 11 Broad Run rolled over the Patriots, 42-21.
With the win, Broad Run (5-0) extended its area-best winning streak to 33 games.
Offensively, Broad Run ran the ball on 32 of its first 34 plays from scrimmage, grinding out 151 first-half rushing yards and scoring on three lengthy drives. And on the other side of the ball, Broad Run's front seven held the Patriots to minus-7 rushing yards on 11 first-half carries and all of 10 yards on 19 carries for the night.
"We go out every possession and look down the field and say, 'All right, let's get a good push and get an 80-yard drive here,'" senior offensive guard Ryan Garrity said. "We want to go out there, set the tone and make the holes as big as possible for the guys behind us."
Despite leaning almost entirely on their run game, the Spartans found success the few times they took to the air. Junior Michael Stratton completed both of his pass attempts for long touchdowns - a 38-yarder to Steven Fields in the second quarter and a 45-yard floater in the flat to Markas Anderson early in the third. On the night, Stratton and junior Jack Sistare were a combined 5 of 7 for 111 yards while the rushing attack accounted for 283 yards on 53 carries by 11 different backs.
"We've got to throw the ball and we've got to throw it sooner in the game," Broad Run Coach Matt Griffis said. "I've got to get out of my comfort zone of just running the ball and we've got to take chances. But we're just trying to get the quarterbacks to blossom and come along, and with time, we should be okay."
Park View (1-3) found life late in the first half when junior quarterback Alec Dombkowski scrambled out of trouble and found Ben Pick for a 33-yard reception. That set up Dombkowski's fade pass to Ryan McCarter with 18.8 seconds left in the half to cut the deficit to 21-7.
Despite facing constant pressure and taking four sacks, Dombkowski used his elusiveness in the pocket to complete 12 of his 17 pass attempts for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Park View closed the gap to the final margin following a pair of fourth-quarter fumbles by Broad Run.
"We just have to bounce back," first-year Park View Coach Ferris Eways said. "We didn't quit and we fought hard at the end, but we've got to come out stronger than that if we want to win football games."