Key Matchup

Finesse (Heritage senior QB Bryan Brosnan) vs. power (Loudoun County senior RBs Danny Slack and Billy Sweeney).

When Loudoun County and Heritage met in a nondistrict game on Sept. 30, the Raiders emerged with a 27-19 victory. Among the most notable statistics was each team's totaling 335 yards of offense.

The Raiders did their damage with a powerful running attack that included 186 yards rushing by Sweeney and 144 by Slack. The duo has combined to rush for 1,592 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

The Pride got 222 of its yards in that first game through a passing attack engineered by Brosnan (1,343 yards, 16 TDs this season) and his host of talented receivers. Five players -- Pierce Bullock, Zak Burkhard, Jason Cadwell, Chris Smith and Quinn Tibbs -- have caught at least 10 passes from Brosnan this year.

At Stake

Heritage has secured its first winning season in the school's four-year history. Next on the list of goals is earning at least a share of its first AA Dulles District title, which it can do with a win in this regular-season finale. A victory also could vault the Pride into the Region II playoffs if Broad Run defeats Park View in Ashburn.

"This is four years' worth of work right here," Heritage Coach Wes Driskill said after last week's overtime victory against Potomac Falls kept the Pride's chances for a district title and playoff berth alive. "Four years of coaches working hard. Four years of players working hard. And when it comes together like it has for us this season, it's just fantastic. I'm so proud of these young men and, really, just so happy for them. They've earned this opportunity to win a district championship."


Heritage quarterback Bryan Brosnan, above, had 222 yards passing when the Pride met the Raiders on Sept. 30. On the season, Brosnan has 1,343 yards and 16 touchdowns. Loudoun County's Billy Sweeney, below left, and Danny Slack, below right, give the Raiders a powerful one-two running attack.