The Briar Woods Falcons completely overwhelmed and outmatched Heritage-Lynchburg Saturday to claim a third consecutive AA Division 4 state title in a resounding 52-0 win at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
The Falcon defense scored first with a safety credited to J.T. Logan in the first quarter. Next, quarterback Trace McSorley capped a nice drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge to extend the Falcons’ lead to 9-0. The first quarter was the only one in which Briar Woods did not score in double figures.
During the second, Tristan Miller returned a Heritage punt 62 yards for a score, followed by a Cory Colder two-point conversion. Then, McSorley connected with Cam Serigne for another touchdown, essentially putting the game out of reach at 24-0 going into halftime.
The Falcons simply dominated Heritage every facet of the game, which perhaps should have been expected from the experienced and talented squad vying for their third state championship in as many years. Briar Woods outgained Heritage in total yards 452 to 94 – with a considerable chunk of those Heritage yards coming late against Briar Woods’ substitutes. Cory Colder ended a great two-year run with 158 yards rushing and a score, while McSorley (2), Logan and Chris Larco all added rushing scores.
The Falcons piled up a streak of 29 games in a row, nearing the mark of the Broad Run Spartans when the Falcons usurped them three years ago. The Falcons dismantled every team they faced by at least 27 points in this year’s playoffs.
The excitement and emotions of the Briar Woods players who participated in some or all of the team’s remarkable three-year run were expressed in the social media world of Twitter.
Trace McSorley, the starting quarterback for all three state titles, and who will try for one more next year, wrote, (@TMZ_NextGen) “#3peat so happy right now. Love all my brothers on this team for life. We have a brotherhood like no other #iloveallyall."
J.T. Logan (@JuanTomasLogan) wrote, "A lot of memories playing football im gonna miss it a lot love all you guys #3peat."
Matt Rolin, the Falcons’ All-American linebacker who could not play in the final because of a torn ACL gave a shout out to all of Ashburn football, saying, (@USC_9) "Stone Bridge wins states 2007, Broad Run wins states 2008 and 2009, Briar Woods wins states 2010, 2011, 2012 #Ashburn."
Congrats to the Falcons on an amazing run and for bringing another title home to Ashburn!