Handley High School, which won the 1977 Virginia AA Northwestern District championship by three games, already has disposed of last year's closest competition after two contests this season.
Randy Stickley, Handley's 6-foot-4, 205-pound sharp-shooter, threw for two touchdowns and running back Keith Brisco exploded for two long scoring runs as the Judges demolished Loudoun Valley, 33-0, Friday night at Loudoun Valley.
The victory gave Handley, unbeaten in seven district games last year, a 2-0 overall record and 1-0 conference mark.Loudoun Valley, second last year with a 4-0 Northwestern record, fell to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the district.
Stickley, who completed eight of 19 passes for 143 yards in Handley's 21-14 win over Commonwealth District foe James Wood in the season opener, connected twice with split-end Nick Sweeney for touchdowns against Loudoun. The first strike was a 64-yard aerial that gave Handley a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. The second was a 19-yard pass that wrapped up the scoring in the third period.
It was the third Stickley-to-Sweeney touchdown pass this season.
Brisco, an all-district safety last sesson, recorded his second and third touchdowns of the year on long runs as Handley rolled up 375 yards on offense.
The 5-10, 155-pound senior registered both tallies in the third quarter. Brisco scampered 35 yards into the end zone to raise the score to 19-0, and minutes later burst 58 yards for a touchdown to put the game out of reach.
Senior fullback Scott Jack, who along with Sweeney, is among several returning starters from the Judge's 8-2 team last year, scored Handley's first touchdown on the opening series from scrimmage. Handley drove 68 yards in nine plays following the kick-off, with Jack plunging the final three for a touchdown.
Tight end Tom Radle raised his season point total to 12 with three successful conversion kicks in five attempts.
Brisco was the game's leading ground-gainer, picking up 158 yards on 16 carries. Handley's defense, paced by Jack at linebacker and tackle Grant Thompson, limited Loudoun Valley, 7-3 overall last year, to 81 yards on offense.