Tuscarora takes on Hayfield

A young huskies team led primarily by standout sophomores has experienced only two losses the past two years. But this season, the 27-2 program aims for more than an undefeated 'regular' season.

Friday night in Leesburg, Tuscarora plays in front of their home crowd for the first time this season.

"We want to win this one. This is very important to us. Knowing that not only do the coaches and players have your back, you can look over and see your family, your friends, the principal....the whole school supporting you," said sophomore running back Jevonn Gilyard.

Hayfield rolls into Husky territory with one game played thus far - a massive shutout against Edison.

"They're a Division 6 program. They scored 67 points last week and we played them in the finals of a big seven-on-seven over the summer and we beat them in the Mid-Atlantic championship so for us, it's really a measurement of where we've come and hopefully...this young team...we can grow up pretty quick," said seventh-year head coach Mike Burnett.

The Huskies are led under center by sophomore quarterback Justin Allen, filling the big shoes of graduated All-State player Daniel Smith.

"We weren't just on the same football team. We were friends outside of school so he taught me a lot and helped me get through being a freshman on varsity," Allen said.

The now-sophomore officially learned he'd take the starting role while in the weight room, the day after a crushing loss to eventual region champion Stone Bridge.

While his players did cartwheels and summersaults behind him, Coach Burnett said this is certainly one of the most fun groups he's worked with.

At the helm since Tuscarora opened its doors in 2010, Burnett has managed to compile a 60-15 record. He'll be honored Monday night at the Redskins season kickoff for his 2015 performance on the job with the Don Shula High School Coach of the Year award.


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