Loudoun County 53  Freedom 21


The Freedom Eagles started the 2012 season looking to improve on a disappointing 1-9 season last year. However the visiting Loudoun County Raiders foiled those plans by starting quickly and leading at the half 35-0. Many teams would have quit or turned on each other in such a tough situation, but the Eagles regrouped at halftime and came out fighting in the second half. 
Jordan Rafferty filled in as the starting QB for injured Trent Gilmore to complete 2 TD passes to newcomer Darren Hawkins. The running game added points to the board as FB Bradley Nelson scored a TD on a run into the heart of the Raider defense. Myles Conley also had a big game for the Eagles as he returned 3 kicks for 98 yards and put the Eagles in good field position whenever he touched the ball. Kicker Cameron Nizialek converted all three of his PATs and did a good job of changing field position throughout the game with his punts and kickoffs.


sep. 3, 2012- freedom eagles.Org

Freedom 30  Champe 14

The Eagles overcame injuries, mistakes, and penalties (150 yards) to win a hard fought contest against first year school John Champe HS in the first ever “Battle of Braddock Road”. This game marked the beginning of a new rivalry in the Dulles South area as the two schools which are separated by only 5 miles will play again this season and every year. In front of a large crowd which contained spirited fans on both sides these two teams competed as if they had been rivals for years.

The Eagles were inspired by the return of their starting QB Trent Gilmore who had a memorable gutsy performance under center. He had pain even getting the snap from center due to an injury but never missed a play and led the Eagles on several scoring drives and completed over 50% of his passes for one TD and no turnovers.
WR Darren Hawkins had his third TD reception in 2 games and RB Eric Weismiller added two rushing TDs. The offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and were able to control the game in the second half with several time consuming drives.

Defensively the Eagles had to overcome big games from the Knights hard running backs and some big time catches by the Knights TE and WRs. DT Cody Ramsey led the Eagles with 13 tackles and LB Brendan Kammerdiener had 12 tackles and an interception. Trevor Moody and Andrew Cirillo each had one sack and Walter Reusche had an INT in the end zone to stop a Knight scoring chance.

Darren Hawkins scored a defensive TD as well as he returned an INT to the house in the 4th quarter to close out the scoring. Cameron Nizialek made a 28 yard field goal, was 3 for 3 on his PAT attempts, and averaged 44 yards a punt including pinning the Knights inside their own 20 twice. He also had 5 touchbacks on his kickoffs. Myles Conley had over 60 yards in kickoff returns along with 72 receiving yards and 29 rushing yards to bring his total yardage for the game to over 160 total yards. The Eagles will travel to John Champe HS later this season to play the Knights again.
The Eagle offense has now equaled their offensive TD total from 2011 with 6 offensive TDs.
Darren Hawkins has 3 receptions for 3 TDs and one INT for a TD.
Myles Conley is averaging 29 yards every time he touches the ball so far this season.
Cameron Nizialek has kicked off 10 times and has 8 touchbacks this season.


OCT. 14, 2012- freedom eagles.Org

Freedom 27  Freedom 24 2 OT


The Eagle football team played their first overtime game in school history after a thrilling fourth quarter rally to tie the game. Freedom-SR began the game with a bang on a long TD run by Myles Conley on the first play of the game. They would not score again until the fourth quarter. The Freedom-Woodbridge team answered back with two TDs and a field goal of their own in the second quarter to take the lead into halftime. The South Riding Eagles would not let them score again until OT.

In the fourth quarter the Eagles of South Riding began a furious comeback with a long touchdown pass from backup QB Jack Wrenn just as he was taking a big hit in the pocket to WR Darren Hawkins which put the Eagles down by only 2 with a few minutes left in the game. On the Eagles next possession Nizialek boomed a punt which was downed on the 2 yard line. The Eagle defense held and with less than a minute left in the game, the special teams came up big again as Trent DiGiovine tackled the Freedom-Woodbridge punter in the end zone for a safety to tie the game.

The Eagles entered OT with all the momentum and huge crowd support as the Black Hole student section moved down to the far end zone side for the OT periods. The first OT ended with an apparent Freedom-SR victory. The Eagles were down by 3 with 4th and goal on the 1 yard line. They went for it and Jack Wrenn powered over for the apparent winning TD causing massive celebration on the Eagles sideline. However the officials had called another questionable penalty which negated the TD. Nizialek's kick tied the game on 4th down and sent the game into a second OT.

Freedom SR began the 2nd OT with another Nizialek field goal. The Freedom-Woodbridge Eagles were finally able to end the game with a TD run, after officials came together to determine there was no foul for holding on yet another questionable call.



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