Broad Run 28,
Loudoun Valley 27
Broad Run Coach Ken Belchik knows what it's like to lose. Just two years ago, the Spartans endured a winless season and were widely regarded as the doormat of the AA Dulles District.
The Spartans are doormats no more.
Last night in Purcellville, Broad Run got a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Hopeck to junior Aleck Feemster in overtime and that, coupled with David Heenan's point-after kick, was enough to fend off Loudoun Valley in a 28-27 victory.
The Vikings (3-2, 1-1) also scored a touchdown on its overtime possession, but the point-after attempt went just wide left. Both of the Vikings' losses this season have come in overtime.
"This program has turned a corner and that's a credit to the kind of guys we have on this team," Belchik said of his team's first win over Loudoun Valley in his seven-year tenure. "I'm so proud of them it's ridiculous."
Broad Run (4-1, 2-0) fell behind 14-7 with 5 minutes 48 seconds left in the third quarter after an 11-yard touchdown run by Loudoun Valley senior quarterback Stephen Sheehan. The Spartans got right back in the game on the ensuing play, however, when senior Mohammad Asharf returned the kickoff 71 yards to the Vikings 12. Six plays later, senior fullback Brandon DeSouza (15 carries, 81 yards) bullied his way up the middle for a two-yard touchdown run to knot the score at 14.
Broad Run added another touchdown two minutes later when, after holding Loudoun Valley, Thayer Nelson (25 carries, 172 yards) converted a draw play on first down into a 62-yard scoring run.
This time it was the Vikings who rallied, tying the score again at 21 when Sheehan scooped up a fumbled snap and rolled to his left looking to buy time. Instead, he found a huge seam and raced 60 yards untouched to the end zone with 3:59 left in regulation.
"When they scored on that broken play to tie it up in the fourth quarter, we could've quit on ourselves," Belchik said. "And I've had teams in the past that might've done just that. But this group never gave up."
Hopeck said it was his coach's confidence in him -- calling for the pass in overtime when Hopeck had completed just 4 of 9 attempts during regulation for 24 yards -- that made the difference.
"He's really taught us to believe in ourselves," Hopeck said. "I think last year [a 6-4 season] really had a big impact on our team because we started showing people that we could win. And he's told us to just keep believing in that and in each other and that's what we did.
"When he called for me to make the pass, I just decided it had to be my turn to make something good happen for this team."