The symbolism was almost too perfect — it seemed staged. As balls fluttered, teeth chattered and ribbon-adorned hair became an ever-worsening mess, gusts of wind chased through Falcon Field at Briar Woods late Friday night. A row of banners festooning the stadium’s north end was the first to feel the gales’ might, and within a minute, one sign was torn in two.
Through the wreckage of Briar Woods’s 31-0 rout of Loudoun County in Friday’s Virginia AA Region II Division 4 final, Mother Nature’s timing was impeccable. A banner touting “REGION CHAMPIONS 2011” lay on the stadium’s track for a few minutes in the second quarter, tossed to the ground as if to make room for another. Soon enough, there will be, this one celebrating the fifth-ranked Falcons’ third straight region title and end-to-end dominance.
“When I got here, we were 4-6. From then on, we instilled a mentality that we were going to be relentless,” said senior tight end Cam Serigne, whose Falcons advanced to host the winner of Saturday’s Region I final between Courtland and Smithfield in next week’s Division 4 semifinals. “We were going to be the most hard-nosed football team on the field.”