The Briar Woods Falcons crushed the visiting Potomac Falls Panthers on Friday night, playing near perfect defense and rushing the ball at will on their way to a 49-3 district win. With highlights aplenty, the biggest story for the Falcons was the return of All-American linebacker Matt Rolin to the line up after missing several games to an ankle injury.
Briar Woods (5-0, 3-0 in the district) scored early and often to race out to a 35-0 halftime lead. The Falcon offensive line paved the way for the staggering 15 players that combined to rush for 262 yards for Briar Woods on the night. Quarterback Trace McSorley actually led the backfield by super-committee attack, as he racked up 59-yards on the ground. McSorley also threw for 130 yards and two scores, while Cory Colder and Hunter Ford each ran for two touchdowns.
On defense, the Falcons were once again dominant, and led by the spirited return of Rolin. The well rested linebacker tallied eight tackles, four for a loss, and was a menace in the Panther (1-4, 1-2) backfield whenever he was on the field.
Photographer Chuck Moore (www.randomsnapsphotography.com) captured great shots of the game, including several of Rolin's big hits.
Briar Woods will next play at undefeated Tuscarora this Friday night, in their toughest match up since a week two win at Broad Run.