Briar Woods’ Fourth Championship Run Comes Up Just Short

For a fourth year, the Falcons rose to a state title game, despite move to Division 5.

Falcons fall in attempt at fourth straight state title.
Falcons fall in attempt at fourth straight state title.

Briar Woods soared to an impressive 21-6 halftime lead in Saturday’s Division 5 state football championship. But four straight state titles proved to be just out of reach for the Falcons, who fell to the L.C. Bird Skyhawks in Charlottesville 36-28.

The team took well to a move up in division and will certainly continue to be a powerhouse in the future. All of the seniors will be missed next year, but the graduation of Trace McSorley will be a particularly key loss. McSorley has served as true team leader. In 2010, when star running back Michael Brownlee broke his leg on the first play of the season opener, a great deal of responsibility fell on the shoulders of McSorley, who as a freshman took the team to its first state title.

On Saturday, Briar Woods’ defense dug in and kept the team in the lead, 21-14 after the third quarter. But the Skyhawk offense pulled out a stunning fourth quarter, outperforming the Falcons 22-7 in that quarter alone.

Briar Woods had the ball on their own 41-yard line with a little more than 4 minutes left in the game and trailing by 8. A pass interference call put them on the Skyhawk 44-yard line.

McSorley ran for another 6 yards, but a holding penalty pushed the team back to the 48. McSorley pushed the team to the 40-yard line on another run, but that’s as far as they would go. On 4th and 6, McSorley lofted a pass that would not find its target.

Bird took over with a little more than 3 minutes left and successfully ran out the clock and grabbed the big trophy.

Congratulations to the Falcons for another hard-fought season!

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