We’ll have stories, photo galleries, videos and box scores from games around the area later tonight plus playoff analysis. But for now we offer you an early look at some notable games. Know of something significant that happened tonight? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
●WOODBRIDGE MAKES PLAYOFFS: The Vikings secured a Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 6 playoff berth with a 17-7 home win over No. 15 Stonewall Jackson, which was vying for its first unbeaten record in the 40-year history of the school.
Woodbridge took a 14-0 lead in the first half on a 13-yard run by senior Jaylen Avent and a short pass that senior Logan Farrar fashioned into a 65-yard touchdown. The Vikings limited Stonewall Jackson to just one first down in the second half.
Stonewall (9-1) had scored at least 28 points in every game this season. Woodbridge (6-4) iced the win by keeping possession for the final 8 minutes 22 seconds of the game, grinding out four first downs. We’ll have a full game story later.
●MEADE HEADS TO POSTSEASON: For the first time in over a decade, the Mustangs are in the playoffs.
Meade clinched a spot in the Maryland 4A East region by beating Broadneck on the road 14-0 in a game Meade dominated with its defense. The playoff berth is the Mustangs’ first since 2001.
Meade defenders recovered two fumbles, one in the end zone for a touchdown, and intercepted Broadneck sophomore quarterback Canaan Gebele four times in the win. The Mustangs defensive line sacked Gebele six times and allowed him to complete just 7 of 21 passes for 55 yards. Freshman running back Duke Carter was the leading rusher for the Bruins with 23 yards and senior wide receiver Zach Franco had 24 yards receiving. No other Bruin gained more than nine yards.
Junior linebacker Chris Harris put the Bruins on the board in the first quarter, recovering a bad snap in the end zone to put the Mustangs up 7-0. Meade went up 14-0 on its first possession of the second half, converting a recovered onside kick into a 25-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Marcus Smith to senior Daivon Nixon.
Smith completed 6 of his 21 pass attempts Friday night for 59 yards. He was also the team’s leading rusher, picking up 54 yards on the ground on 16 carries.
●BRIAR WOODS ROLLS: Cam Serigne caught a touchdown pass and had two sacks to lead a suffocating Briar Woods defense as the Falcons trounced Loudoun County 45-0 to win their third consecutive AA Dulles District championship.
Mitch Krisfaulusi’s first-quarter fumble recovery set up a Cory Colder six-yard touchdown run and two possessions later, Briar Woods junior quarterback Trace McSorley hit Serigne on a 45-yard touchdown pass over the middle to double the Falcons’ advantage.
Briar Woods’ defense neutralized Loudoun County’s running game at the line of scrimmage and used a relentless pass rush to keep senior quarterback Jake Lokey on his heels in the pocket.
McSorley threw a pair of touchdown passes to give Briar Woods a 24-0 halftime lead and added a 13-yard third-quarter scramble into the end zone to put the game out of reach.
We’ll have a full game story later plus video highlights.
●A FIRST FOR RESERVOIR: The Gators earned their first playoff berth in the school’s 10-year history with a 46-6 win over Oakland Mills and some help from River Hill and Hammond. The Gators will play River Hill next weekend in the opening round of the Maryland 3A East Region playoffs.
Reservoir (6-4) defeated Oakland Mills (0-10) on Friday afternoon, but even then the Gators’ postseason hopes remained out of their hands.
“We had a pretty good feeling,” Reservoir Coach Bryan Cole said. “We needed River Hill to win, or if River Hill lost, we needed Mount Hebron to lose. The chances were pretty good.”
Indeed, River Hill — which will be the region’s top seed — beat Howard, 55-20, and Hammond knocked off Mount Hebron, 35-13.
Reservoir has finished with a regular season record at or above .500 in four of the past five years, but the Gators never before had made the playoffs.
“Howard County is so tight that the middle-of-the-pack teams — or at least the ones that have been every year — if you end up 7-3 or 6-4 or 5-5, it always comes down to really tight games,” Cole said. “We’ve always thought that we could break that and maybe finish a little better than we have in the past.”
No. 5 Damascus [10-0] (35) at Northwood [1-8] (12)
No. 8 Arundel [10-0] (35), Southern [3-7] (6)
No. 9 Seneca Valley [9-1] (20), Watkins Mill [7-3] (14)
No. 10 Quince Orchard [9-1] (62), Magruder [1-9] (0)
No. 19 Sherwood [8-2] (17), Churchill [7-3] (10)
South River [8-2] (36), No. 20 Old Mill [8-2] (35)
No. 2 Stone Bridge [10-00 (47), Fairfax [5-5] (21)
No. 6 Briar Woods [10-0] (45), Loudoun County [8-2] (0)
We’ll have more later tonight, stay tuned!