A year ago, the Stone Bridge Bulldogs experienced something they hadn't in a long time: a loss in the regional playoffs. But if Friday's opening round playoff game is an indicator, the Bulldogs do not appear headed for a similar fate this postseason.
Spurred by an aerial onslaught from All-American quarterback Ryan Burns, the Bulldogs overwhelmed the visiting Eagles in the first half, scoring 28 points in each of the first two quarters en route to a 69-7 win. The Stone Bridge passing attack was explosive and efficient. Burns completed just ten passes for the game, but six of them resulted in touchdowns. The quarterback finished with 309 passing yards. Jimmy Higgins caught four of those touchdowns, and set a school record with 171 receiving yards.
When the Bulldogs weren’t scoring through the air, they churned out long runs against an overmatched Edison defense. Sterling Dailey once again led the Stone Bridge rushers with 127 yards, while Christian Strahin, Rassaun Goldring, Collin Buckley and Theo Patterson each notched rushing touchdowns.
On defense, Stone Bridge continuously harassed Edison quarterback Harrison Dandridge and bottled up the Edison ball carriers. Jesse Mizell and Jonathan Allen led an aggressive defense that spent most of the evening in the Eagles backfield.
Burns and Allen were recently picked to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
The Bulldogs next plays the Langley Saxons at home. The Saxons claimed their first playoff win in 12 years last week over Hayfield. Earlier this season, Stone Bridge beat Langley 27-6. In that game, the Bulldogs held Langley’s dynamic running back Philip Mun to a season low 40 yards on the ground. Since that game, Mun has rushed for more than 100 yards in four of five season matchups, including a remarkable 303-yard stunner against South Lakes.
Check out some video highlights from last week’s game, and check back for continued playoff coverage.