WASHINGTON — When Damascus and Seneca Valley met three weeks ago as undefeated rivals, the game nearly won a very heated DMV Game of the Week poll. The Hornets (11-0) handed the Screamin’ Eagles (10-1) their only loss of the season that night in Germantown, leaning on Jake Funk and their defense to carry them to a 21-3 victory.
On Friday night, Seneca Valley can return the favor with the sweetest kind of revenge, a chance to not just ruin the Hornets’ perfect season on their home turf, but end it entirely. The winner will advance to the Maryland 3A state semifinals against the Potomac/Wheaton winner and put themselves in great position for a run at the state title.
WASHINGTON — Friday’s matchup between Tuscarora and Broad Run would be a big one by the records alone. The Huskies (9-0, 3-0 VA 5A-14) have answered every call this season, winning tight games and blowouts alike. The Spartans (7-2, 2-1) were rolling along until injuries slowed them up, as they’ve dropped two of their last three. But this game has more intrigue than a simple late-season rivalry with two teams jockeying for playoff positioning.
It starts with Tuscarora coach Michael Burnett. He’ll be in familiar surroundings Friday night, albeit on the opposite sideline. Burnett led Broad Run to a pair of state titles and won his final 28 games with the Spartans before joining Tuscarora as the school opened in 2011. He’s beaten his old school each of the past two years, even knocking them out of the playoffs. Now, he’s poised to win his 100thgame in just 10 years as a Virginia high school coach if he can do it again in Ashburn on Friday.