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Loudoun County gives 4-0 to start the "IHOP season"; Flowers stay focused

Loudoun County coach Matt Reidenbaugh laughs when he hears an offensive phrase he described as a “crew of characters.”

“Yes, that’s a perfect phrase,” Rednbow said.

The captain will enter Friday’s game against the 18th seed Tuscarora with a 4-0 score, thanks in large part to her boom in the trenches. The unit’s success is due to a simple moniker, best represented by the aptly named group chat, “IHOP Season”.

“I mean, our mentality is just to get pancakes,” said chief quarterback Evan Stanley, who said assistant coach Mike Mitchell maintains a “flat chart” that counts the number of times a team has hit a defender to the ground. With four games, the captain has 46 pies, and Stuart McGuinness leads the way with 20.

For Loudoun County, a rushing attack isn’t as good as it is a necessity, a prerequisite for a football brand conducive to cool post-season nights. However, the county’s oldest program – which Reidenbaugh describes as a “sleeping giant” – has not made it past the second round of the playoffs since 2012.

Loudoun County could have the credentials (and personality) to break through in Class 4 on the strength of its streak. The group includes Stanley, the dancer and communicator. McGuinness, the extroverted leader; Junior Blaine Colebank, shorter and cuter; and youngsters Chase Cable and Sammy Holstead, who offer serene views.

Linen workers are inseparable. They often gather for “bro dates” to grab wings. During yoga on a Saturday morning, two linen workers wore robes, and they said it was only a matter of time before this uniform was on the line.

“The practice is so funny — and yes, we take the workouts very seriously,” McGuinness said. “But we always do a new handshake, and we make jokes with our cue; we just make the game more fun… We play very physical, but we are all just a bunch of banter.”

Flowers watching the prize

With the CH Flowers players walking off the field after their 54-7 win over Bowie on Saturday, their poor behavior seemed out of place for a team that had just finished a nearly flawless performance.

While the victory was impressive, September’s dominance has lost its luster to mainstays such as four-star defensive linebacker Braydon Lee. What was once a cause for celebration becomes an expectation.

“I think we’ve been cooler this season because we realize that like our coaches tell us, we’re the only public school in Maryland that can beat us,” he told me. Most of our team from last year [which reached the 4A quarterfinals] It’s back, plus we’ve added a few guys from private schools. As long as we keep playing for each other and doing the little things, we will have much bigger wins to celebrate in November and December.”

Jaguar (4-0) knows the real tests awaiting them, such as the October 7 meeting against permanent championship contender Wise, a team the Flowers have never defeated.

In previous seasons, Flowers treated the Wise game like the state championship. Jaguars will mark the date of the game on their calendar and constantly compare their level of play to that of the Pumas. He told me it was no longer the case.

“We don’t really think of them that way this season,” he told me. “And I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way. We know they have some dogs and they have a great team, but we are. There will be a lot of hype and bad chatter leading up to that, but the goal of our season is not to beat them, but to win the state championship. But obviously if We managed to beat them on the way to [championship]Well, that would be really cool too. “

Todd Lattimore Jr., North: The senior quarterback threw for 307 yards and totaled three touchdowns as the Saint Charles Patriots topped the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference’s undefeated teams battle.

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Joshua Nara and Duvall: The senior companion player had 119 yards and two touchdowns over five rounds, as the Tigers beat Northwestern, 62-0, to expand their winning streak to three games.

Jordan Dennis, Southern District: The young quarterback returned from an injury that kept him out of the Stallions’ loss on September 16 and threw for 241 yards and five touchdowns in a 61-6 defeat for Justice.

Roman Jensen, Marit: The junior quarterback threw 237 yards and five touchdowns in the Frogs’ 40-7 win over Severn.

Bell at College, Friday, 6 p.m.

Quince Orchard in the Seneca ValleyFriday 6:30

The wide run on Stone Bridge, Friday 7 pm

Archbishop Spalding of Baluti, Friday 7 pm

Flint Hill scores her first win in three years

As the Flint Hill players ran and jumped across the Colgate School Field to celebrate Friday night, Andrew King found defender Kirk Peterson near the sideline. There they hugged and cried for about two minutes.

King and Peterson had envisioned their first win with Flint Hill since August 2021. After 11 losses, their vision became a reality in Flint Hill’s 37-28 victory in Richmond. It was Octon Private School’s first victory since November 2019 and broke 13 straight games of defeat.

said King, who rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns. “We just let all our feelings out. When I hugged Coach P, it was like, ‘Man, we really did. This is truly the beginning of a new journey in Flint Hill. “

King was desperate after Flint Hill’s nine losses last season. And while the youngster was also disappointed after losing the opening pair to Husky this month, optimism remained. After Flint Hill (1-2) added talent over the course of the season, King believed the Huskies were on the verge of victory.

Flint Hill’s players preached the faith during training last week, shouting that word on the sidelines on Friday. Then, the players returned to their locker room to dance to hip-hop music for the first time after the match.

“It really took me a minute to process it because I haven’t felt the feeling of winning a football match in a very long time,” King said. “It’s a moment I will never forget.”

Ballsville rides a roller coaster 4-0

Late Friday night, the Poolesville Falcons gathered for a photo shoot at the home field they had just defended. Still covered in sweat and grass, they stood together with four fingers in the air.

During the four weeks of the high school football season, Poolesville is 4-0. It’s the first time the program has achieved this kind of start since 2005, and the path to such a record has been a roller coaster.

On Friday, the Falcons won their second overtime game of the season, defeating Rockville 22-21. The night started with a series of unfortunate events as the Falcons derailed an effective foul with three turnovers in the first half. They were 15-0 behind the Rams in the second half.

“In the first half, I told them we move the ball well, we just had to clean things up,” said Falcons coach Tony Nazzaro. “Then we opened the second half with a note.”

The third quarter provided salvation for Polisville. He put 15 points to tie the match, and that score remained until the end of the regulation. Rockville scored first in overtime but failed to convert two points. Paulsville responded with a touchdown and won the match with a winning extra point.

“And that’s not given at that level,” said Nazaro. “I give credit to our swatch who handled a little high shot. Everyone got it done.”

That seems to be what this Poolesville team is all about: getting it done, however feasible. Even with the Falcons holding wide-angle lenses this season, Nazaro made sure to enjoy every victory. As the program well knows, this is often difficult to do.

“At the end of the day, these are high school kids,” Nazaru said. “I want them to enjoy it all.”