- Game Date
- Oct 27, 2017
- FALCONS: 14
BROAD RUN HS: 16
Broad Run Remains Undefeated, Edging Falcons 16-14
October 27, 2017
Nobody associated with the Broad Run football program assumed that the undefeated Spartans could “look past” the one-win Briar Woods Falcons in their ninth game of the season in anticipation of their season ending matchup with an undefeated Stone Bridge squad. Veteran head coach Matt Griffis has been through too many battles with his Ashburn neighbors, Briar Woods and Stone Bridge, to make that mistake. For his part, Falcon head coach Mike Groves came into the game with the belief that the teams’ respective records notwithstanding, his team could not only compete with their rivals, but were quite capable of upsetting the Spartans on their home field.
The Spartans scored first on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Griffis to Dominic Brazina eight minutes into the game. That would prove to be the Spartan’s only touchdown. Kicker Atilla Buri added the extra point before connecting on a 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Falcon linebacker Camden Gillie’s interception and 26 yard return in the second quarter gave the Falcons the ball on their 48-yard line. Nine plays later Gillie passed the ball to Ike Dove in the end zone from the five yard line. Kicker Eddie Moreno added the extra point. The half ended with the Spartans holding a 10-7 lead. They never could put much distance between themselves and the Falcons as the 16-14 final score indicated.
Buri would prove to be the Spartan’s MVP as he hit two more field goals in the second half: from 27 yards with 3:26 remaining in the third quarter and from 27 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Two fourth quarter long pass completions thrown by Justin Rutkowski gave the Falcons a chance to get back into the game. The first was 28 yards to Ike Dove, followed a few plays later by 35 yards to Jackson Casillas. Those two plays set up a three-yard touchdown run by Gillie. The Falcons were now down by just two points. But the Spartans were able to run off the remaining three minutes of the final period to secure the victory.
The defenses of both teams proved to be effective throughout the game. Michael Arrington led the Spartans with 10 tackles while the Falcon’s Gillie led all defenders with 13 tackles.