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Josh Sweet leads Woodgrove past Broad Run with 48 carries in win

Josh Sweet, shown during preseason practice, rushed 48 times for 274 yards Friday in Woodgrove’s 24-23 win against Broad Run. (Ricky Carioti/Washington Post)

Late in the fourth quarter Friday night, Woodgrove running back Josh Sweet’s helmet popped off after a four-yard run.

Rules required Sweet to sit out the next play, but that would be the only one he missed.

The Cornell recruit carried the ball a career-high 48 times in Woodgrove’s 24-23 win over Broad Run . His 274 yards were 23 short of a career-best.

“I just wanted to win,” Sweet said with a laugh in a Sunday phone interview. “I had no idea I ran for that many yards. I just wanted to get the victory on senior night. It was huge.”

The Wolverines (6-3, 4-1 Dulles District) controlled the time of possession with their downhill running game. They were on offense for 38 minutes compared to just 10 minutes for Broad Run (6-3, 2-1 Potomac District).

Host B.J. Koubaroulis runs through the top plays from the weekend of football in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

After beating a tough Broad Run team it hadn’t faced in its four years of existence, Woodgrove is likely to move up the 4A North playoff rankings. They sat ninth entering the weekend.

This season will produce a second consecutive playoff berth for the Wolverines, who are far removed from their inaugural 2-8 season in 2010. Much of that credit goes to Sweet and the other 16 seniors that represent the school’s first four-year graduating class.

The one-point victory against Broad Run proved to the Wolverines that they could excel in close games. Their smallest margin of victory in their five previous wins was 28 points.

Woodgrove could have another tough game coming up this week when it faces cross-town rival Loudoun Valley (8-1, 5-0 Dulles) in the regular season finale Friday. The schools are separated by less than four miles.

“There’s no motivation needed for Valley week,” Sweet said. “We’re very excited. This is a big rivalry in Loudoun [County]. We’re ready for the challenge. We both have great teams this year.”

Stone Bridge finds a way against Fairfax

When No. 14 Stone Bridge has a 17-point lead on a Liberty District opponent, it usually feels like the result is a done deal.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 6-0 Liberty District) hadn’t trailed in a district game all season, but they ran into Nick Scott and Fairfax (6-3, 4-2) on Friday.

Scott threw for 226 passing yards and rushed for 138 yards to account for four touchdowns as Fairfax rallied to take a 28-27 lead late in the fourth quarter.

But Stone Bridge answered with 57 seconds left on a four-yard touchdown run by Collin Buckley to escape with a 33-28 win.

Still, Fairfax’s rally and its dual-threat quarterback had Stone Bridge talking.

“He made a lot of plays. We expected it, but not like that,” Bulldogs tailback/defensive back Sterling Dailey said. “He’s a freak athlete. He can do it all. He was throwing deep passes that I hadn’t seen from him on the run.”

Dailey finished with 31 carries for 175 yards for Stone Bridge, which won its fourth straight game.

“The great thing about him is he can carry the ball 30 times and he doesn’t get worn down,” Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson said. “He handles everything really well.”

As the postseason nears, Thompson said the Bulldogs’ offense is, “as good as it’s ever been,” but a defense with nine underclassmen starters is still working out the kinks.



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