By Matt Brooks
Special to The Washington Post
Saturday, October 2, 2010; 12:28 AM
Over the last three seasons, Broad Run established itself as the dominant force in Virginia AA football, going undefeated in back-to-back seasons to claim a pair of Division 4 state championships. In the process, the Spartans built the area's longest winning streak at 33 games, one they carried across town to Briar Woods for Friday's critical Dulles District matchup.
The streak was bound to end eventually, but the way the No. 11 Spartans had bulldozed district competition for the last three-plus seasons, it would take a near-perfect game plan to pull the upset.
That's precisely what the Falcons had. They produced a sterling defensive effort against Broad Run's prolific single-wing offense and made plays when they needed them to notch their first victory over their Ashburn neighbors, sending their Brambleton community into an orange and blue euphoria with a 20-13 upset.
One week after the Spartans (5-1) found the end zone on six of their first seven possessions against Park View, Briar Woods forced a three-and-out on Broad Run's opening possession. On the ensuing drive, the Falcons silenced the packed vistors' cheering section when junior running back Ryan Bumbray bounced outside for a 27-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. Less than four minutes later, following another Spartan punt, Scott Rolin took a quick out pass from freshman quarterback Trace McSorley, broke a tackle and raced 35 yards into the end zone and suddenly the Falcons (4-2) had a 14-0 lead.
"Going into every game we feel like we have a chance to put a victory on the board," said McSorley, who completed 19 of 25 passes for 185 yards. "Our line blocked phenomenally, our receivers got open and I just tried to get the ball to them quickly."
Broad Run bounced back, using its longest offensive play of the night - a 50-yard hookup from Michael Stratton to a wide-open Michael Price - to set up a 1-yard Derril Thomas touchdown run. But the Spartans entered the locker room down 10 points - their biggest halftime deficit to a district opponent in more than three years.
After the break, Broad Run quickly closed the gap to 17-13 on another Thomas scoring run. But Briar Woods marched 50 yards on a drive extended by a personal foul penalty and David Clements nailed his second field goal to put the Falcons up 20-13. The Falcons appeared poised to put the game away, but McSorley was picked off deep inside Broad Run territory to keep the Spartans' hopes alive. Seven plays later, Briar Woods junior defensive back Jamal Hill snatched an overthrown jump pass from Stratton out of the air to give the ball back to the Falcons and effectively seal the win.
"I really felt good about our defense," said Briar Woods Coach Charlie Pierce, whose Falcons held the top rushing attack in the district to 78 yards on 31 carries. "And this is for sure the best victory of my career here at Briar Woods."