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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Wildcats can’t stop Briar Woods


ASHBURN—Briar Woods had already lost one home game to a Stafford team this season. Quarterback Trace McSorley made sure it didn’t lose another Friday night.

McSorley tossed five touchdown passes in just over two quarters of play, leading his Falcons to a 49–7 win against Mountain View in the 5A–North quarterfinals.

McSorley piled up 380 passing yards, the majority of that in the first half as the home side raced out to a 42–7 halftime lead. He attempted only four passes in the third quarter and didn’t play in the fourth.

“Their quarterback is a dual threat,” Mountain View coach Lou Sorrentino said. “I haven’t seen one that good in a while.”

The Falcons (11–1) needed just six plays to march 75 yards down the field and took a 7–0 lead on McSorley’s pass to junior receiver Tristan Carter.

Mountain View was forced to punt on its second possession, and soon afterward Falcons senior Melvin Holland caught the first of his three touchdowns from McSorley

The Falcons’ offense was so dominant early on, it didn’t even face a third down until early in the second quarter, when senior back Chris Larco scored on a 1-yard plunge to give Briar Woods a 28–7 lead.

Mountain View looked to be regaining some momentum on its next drive, as they moved to the Falcons 10. But after a holding penalty, senior quarterback Elijah Burress threw three straight incompletions, and the Wildcats turned it over on downs.

“We got down there again, and didn’t have anything to show for it,” Sorrentino said. “We never really seized momentum for very long. We never truly stopped them.”

In fact, the Wildcats defense didn’t stop them until the Falcons’ eighth possession. It was also the last possession for most of their starters.

“They’re very good. They’re different,” Sorrentino said. “They throw the ball around, their quarterback’s quick with the ball, can do some things that a lot of other people can’t do, and that was one of the things that we didn’t match up well with.” Wildcats senior back Gordon Collins capped off a fine season with 80 yards on 14 carries in his final game. He failed to find the end zone for just the third time this season. Fellow senior Quinton Gray caught four passes for 92 yards and the Wildcats’ lone touchdown.

Mountain View ends its season at 8–4. Three of the teams it lost to are still alive in the playoffs.

“We had a really good season,” Sorrentino said. “We hadn’t had a bad game since our opener. Our seniors did a great job the last four years. Tough way for them to end their careers.”