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Tuscarora gets revenge on Broad Run, advance in Virginia 4A playoffs

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Tuscarora gets revenge on Broad Run, advance in Virginia 4A playoffs

Tuscarora served a dish of revenge to Broad Run on Friday afternoon.  The Huskies fed it cold in a commanding victory en route to eliminating the Spartans from the Virginia 4A playoffs.

The Huskies beat the stuffing out of the homesteading Broad Run, winning by a final score of 30-7 in their day-after-Thanksgiving playoff match-up. The loss was Broad Run’s first at home in over a year. Earlier this season Broad Run narrowly escaped with a two-point victory in Week 1. Tusky has been waiting for this moment ever since.

“I've been looking forward to this game for 13 weeks. Everyone on this team has,”  senior quarterback Ethan Gick said. “ We didn’t want to compete anywhere else in week 13. Having the opportunity to play them again fueled our whole season. We’ve been focused on one team and one team only, that’s Broad Run."

Gick threw four touchdown passes. He and the Tuscarora offense had its’ way with the Spartans defense. They created favorable match-ups and took advantage of Broad Run's man-to-man coverage while marching the ball up-and-down the field when necessary.

Tusky opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when Gick connected with Jevonn Gilyard who had gotten behind his defender. Gick threw his first of two TD passes to Ryan Upp with just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter and found running back Bryce Duke streaking down the seam for a score seconds before the half.

“We just knew all of our match-ups [would be an issue for them]” Gick said. “Jevonn (Gilyard) is un-guardable, Ryan (Upp) is un-guardable. They always had to account for everyone on the field and we knew they wouldn’t be able to.”

The Huskies were the more physical team from start-to-finish. Fueled by recent history, they were determined to show who was more deserving to represent the region.

“I’ve been waiting for this for two years,” defensive end Matei Fitz said. “We’ve lost to them three times and man it just feels good to come out on top."

Fitz and linebacker Rainer Halveland helped Tuscarora equally dominate on the defensive side of the ball. As a unit, they forced three turnovers and held a Broad Run, a team that came in averaging 40 points per game to only seven.

Tusky’s front seven won the battle of the trenches making it difficult for the Spartans to have any consistency in their running game and when quarterback Mitch Griffis dropped back to pass, he was hit routinely and eventually forced out of the game due to injury.

The victory is Tuscarora’s 12th in a row. They advance to the state semi-final where they will face Salem.

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DeMatha basketball to honor late coach Morgan Wootten with jersey patches for next two seasons

DeMatha basketball to honor late coach Morgan Wootten with jersey patches for next two seasons

When it was announced that long-time DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten had died last week, the school and the high school athletics community as a whole lost a legend. However, DeMatha is now doing its part to make sure his legacy continues on.

The basketball teams will wear an "MW" patch on their jerseys through the next two seasons to honor the coach, DeMatha head coach Mike Jones announced Tuesday on Twitter.

As Jones says, Wootten is viewed as a "Godfather of Basketball". During his six decades at DeMatha, Wootten totaled over 1,200 wins and led the team to 33 WCAC Championships. His success helped turn DeMatha into the powerhouse school it is today.

As DeMatha continues on, the legendary coach will remain with them, and the patch helps demonstrate his importance to the school and the game of basketball.

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DeMatha basketball team honors Kobe Bryant by wearing his shoes

DeMatha basketball team honors Kobe Bryant by wearing his shoes

Every basketball team, high school, college or pro, has made a concerted effort to honor Kobe Bryant following the NBA legend's tragic death Sunday. DeMatha basketball is no exception. 

Ahead of their clash with Paul VI on Tuesday, DeMatha head coach Mike Jones tweeted a picture of his team wearing nothing but Bryant's signature shoe. Every player plans to wear their favorite pair of Kobe's for the game. 

DeMatha also announced their plans to honor the late Morgan Wootten for the next two seasons with a patch on their jerseys. 

Bryant's impact stretched far beyond Lakers fans. He inspired an entire generation to pick up a basketball and commit themselves fully to their craft. As Bradley Beal explained following the Wizards loss to the Hawks, Sunday, "He was our [Michael] Jordan."

PVI and DeMatha are the top two teams in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, so all things considered, this game is probably a must watch. 

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