We’ve always been ready for some football here in Ashburn, and this Bowl season brought us the chance to see our Ashburn football stars in action on the big screen! Event hose who aren’t college football fans, turned on the TV, gathered at local watering holes, and even in some cases, made the trip to see the games.
First up, with a Tuesday afternoon kickoff, was the Military Bowl, with Wake Forest up against Temple. Redshirt junior TE Cam Serigne, of Briar Woods fame, had three catches for 68 yards, including a catch for the first score for the Deacon Demons. Final score: Temple 26, Wake Forest 34. With the game Annapolis, MD, most of Ashburn was deserted, as Ashburn football fans and friends made the little over an hour journey to watch and exciting game. Cam announced he’ll return to Wake Forest for his senior year.
Next up, the Stanford Cardinal took on North Carolina in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX on Friday. When Stanford’s QB was injured late in the second quarter, senior Ryan Burns, former Stone Bridge Bulldog, stepped up to lead the team to victory, going 6-12 for 86 yards. Final score: Stanford 25, North Carolina 23.
We had just enough time to grab some sleep before turning on the Peach Bowl to see Stone Bridge’s own Jonathan Allen play for Alabama as they took on Washington. Game Captain Allen, a senior DE, had two tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery for a defense that only allowed 7 points, as the Crimson Tide won 24-7. Alabama advances tot he National Championship, against Clemson, in Tampa on Monday, January 9. Roll Tide!
Jonathan’a awards include the Chuck Bednarik Award (national defensive player of the year), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year), Ted Hendricks Award (nation’s top defensive end) and SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Ashburn football fans look forward to cheering Jonathan on in the National Championship game next week, and NFL next year!
We rounded up bowl week with the Rose Bowl, where Penn State took on USC on Monday. Those who watched got to see an very exciting game, with Penn State’s QB, redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley, former Briar Woods Falcon, leading the team to reel off 24 straight points after falling behind early. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough, and USC won 52-49 on a FG as time expired in the game. We look forward to watching McSorley again next year, confident he’ll lead the Nittany Lions to another Bowl bid.