’Burn, baby, ’Burn:
Stone Bridge and Broad Run, schools located 2.6 miles apart, had combined for three state football titles in two Virginia classifications since 2007 but had not met since 2004. They squared off Sept. 23 at Stone Bridge in front of an estimated 7,000 fans in a game billed as “The Battle of the ’Burn,” as in Ashburn. Stone Bridge trailed 24-0 at halftime but rallied for a 31-30 overtime win on an extra point by senior Ben Lambourne. In a community-fueled game, it was a relative outsider, Stephen Trivieri, a transfer from Canada, who made the difference. He ran for three touchdowns after the third quarter, including the one in overtime that tied the game. “I knew if it meant a lot to me just being here,” Trivieri said, “it meant 100 times more to everyone else.”
Stick figures: Glenelg senior midfielder Alyssa Parker, the All-Met field hockey player of the year, finished her career with 114 goals and 108 assists. She is only the second recorded high school player in the history of U.S. field hockey to top 100 in both categories.
“I like the 100 assists a lot more,” Parker said. The Maryland signee and No. 1 Glenelg won their second straight 2A title.
Lil incentive: The Severna Park field hockey team sent retiring 37th-year Coach Lillian Shelton out in style by winning the Maryland 4A championship with a 3-1 victory over Bethesda-Chevy Chase in Chestertown, the Falcons’ sixth crown in seven seasons and state-record 20th overall. Shelton’s teams won 31 county and 29 regional titles.
Good Counsel concluded one of the most dominating seasons in area football history — and its first unbeaten season — by blanking Gonzaga, 42-0, in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, a game played with a running clock in the second half. The Falcons were The Post’s top-ranked team all season and the final No. 1 for the third straight year. “We talked all week about the consequences if we got beat,” Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy said. “It would have been the worst loss of my career, which is the history of football. I’ve been out here 50 years.”
All-Met Defensive Player of the Year
Stefon Diggs was one of five Good Counsel first-team All-Mets off a squad that beat Florida 7A champion Manatee and Baltimore’s top team Gilman.
Run of the Mill:
Old Mill senior running back Rob Chesson shattered the state record for touchdowns in a season with 49. Though he was held without a touchdown in the Maryland 4A championship, the All-Met Offensive Player of the Year leaped into the end zone for a two-point conversion in overtime to lift his team to a 36-35 victory over Quince Orchard. His team had trailed 21-7 at the half. “He’s a kid that is determined to score the football,” Old Mill Coach Chad McCormick said of Chesson, who signed with Towson.
Winning four-mat: Centennial’s Nathan Kraisser, the All-Met wrestler of the year (lower weights), became the fifth Maryland wrestler, and first from the Washington suburbs in that state, to win four state titles. He captured the 126-pound crown at Cole Field House for the 152nd win of his career. He punctuated his feat with a backflip. “I knew I had a target on my back because this was the last chance for people to stop me,” Kraisser said.