Category Archives: Football

09.28.18 Football: Dominion @ Riverside

Leesburg, VA (September 28, 2018) – As mid-season approaches, teams are beginning to separate from the pack. With a win tonight, the visiting Dominion Titans (3-2) and the host Riverside Rams (4-1) could each join the list of contenders among Loudoun County high school football programs. Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and…
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2018.09.11 Field Hockey: Heritage @ Briar Woods

Potomac Falls, VA (September 11, 2018) – The Briar Woods Falcons and Heritage Pride entered this misty evening match with one loss between them so far this season. The only blemish was a Falcons loss to the powerful Riverside Rams. Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images…
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08.24.18 Football: Riverside @ Rock Ridge

Ashburn, VA (August 24, 2018) – Normally, the opening game of the season is played in sweltering late-August conditions. But a break in the weather meant that the visiting Riverside Rams were playing the Rock Ridge Phoenix under what seemed like late-September skies. Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted…
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2017.10.27 Football: Tuscarora @ John Champe

Aldie, VA (October 27, 2017) – With less than thirty seconds to play, the John Champe Knights had the ball with a chance to tie the score. Quarterback Cam Parson faded back to pass, but his throw was batted into the air by a Tuscarora Husky lineman and then caught by another for an interception.  Two…
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2017.10.20 Football: Dominion @ Loudoun County Homecoming

Leesburg, VA (October 20, 2017) – Entering Loudoun County's homecoming stadium, the Dominion Titans were more than a slight underdog. Yes, their 4-3 record was just a tick off the Raiders' 5-2 standing, but a four-game winning streak and a roaring crowd gave a clear advantage to the the home team. And Loudoun County gladly accepted…
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2017.10.13 Football: Riverside @ Heritage Homecoming

Leesburg, VA (October 13, 2017) – A few weeks ago, the Heritage Pride football team was struggling to find this season's identity. Coming off a home loss to Dominion, they were 3-2 and securely in the middle of the 4A Region C pack. But they had won two in a row since then and tonight they…
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2017.10.06 Football: Potomac Falls @ John Champe Homecoming

Aldie, VA (October 6, 2017) – On a festive homecoming evening, the home stands at John Champe stadium were packed with students, alumni, friends and family members. Perfect for Friday night football. Entering the game, both teams were struggling a bit. Both were victims of tough schedules and both had lost their previous two games. At…
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2017.09.22 Football: Loudoun Valley @ Park View Homecoming

Sterling, VA (September 22, 2017) – Tonight represented a chance for two teams to get on the winning track. In front of a homecoming crowd, maybe it was time for the Park View Patriots to get their first victory. On the other side of the field, the Loudoun Valley Vikings were hoping for the same. The…
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2017.09.15 Football: John Champe @ Broad Run

Ashburn, VA (September 15, 2017) –The result of an early season matchup of unbeaten teams usually means that one team will be deemed a legitimate contender. That's what the John Champe Knights were striving for as they entered the stadium at Broad Run to face the Spartans. Both teams had extra incentive to do well as…
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2017.09.08 Football: Stuart @ Park View

Sterling, VA (September 8, 2017) – Entering tonight's contest, the Stuart Raiders and the Park View Patriots had exactly zero wins between them. The Raiders had previously lost a fairly close one to rival Annandale, 33-24. On the other hand, the Patriots gave up over sixty points in both of their previous games losing to TC…
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2017.09.01 Football: Heritage @ Rock Ridge

Ashburn, VA (September 1, 2017) – There's a youth movement going on at Rock Ridge. Led by new head coach Bobby Lalli, the team sports just twelve seniors on a combined JV/Varsity roster of seventy-six. On the other sideline, Heritage is led by twenty seniors of about seventy players. But in the key position, the Pride's…
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2017.08.25 Football: Freedom @ Heritage

Leesburg, VA (August 25, 2017) – The beginning of the high school football season always brings perfectly manicured fields and high hopes. Such was the case for the inaugural game for the Freedom Eagles and the Heritage Pride. Both teams were looking to start with a win to get the ball rolling for the season ahead.…
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2016.11.18 Football: Albemarle @ Potomac Falls, 5A North Quarterfinal

Sterling, VA (November 18, 2016) – This 5A North playoff matchup looked to be a good one with the home-standing Potomac Falls Panthers, seeded fourth, facing the fifth seed Albemarle Patriots. The Panthers were coming off a solid opening round victory over Orange County while the Patriots had advanced by defeating Falls Church. Chas Sumser Photography…
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2016.11.11 Football: Tuscarora @ Broad Run, 5A North Quarterfinal

Ashburn, VA (November 11, 2016) – The Broad Run Spartans scored a huge victory by beating the Tuscarora Huskies at Fortune Field in the last game of the season. At the time, no one expected them to meet in the first round of the regional playoffs, but here they were. Only this time they were in Ashburn, not…
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2016.10.14 Football: Edison @ Tuscarora

Leesburg, VA (October 14, 2016) – It's finally starting to feel like cool football weather is coming, but the night was still plenty warm for the Tuscarora Huskies as they hosted the Edison Eagles. Coming off a huge win over Potomac Falls, and looking forward to a big game against Stone Bridge, it would have been easy for…
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10 Things I Know About Sports Photography: Football

This is the first in a series of posts about things I've learned over the past five years of photographing high school sports. The availability and relatively lower cost of good quality gear has seen the number of sideline photographers increase. I often give people--especially yearbook and school paper photographers--tips to help them get the…
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2016.09.16 Football: John Champe @ Loudoun Valley

Purcellville, VA (September 16, 2016) – Coming in to the game, the home-standing Loudoun Valley Vikings were undefeated at 3-0. Not only that, but their margins of victory were 31, 15 and 18, in that order. The John Champe Knights were sure to be a true test, but the men in green had earned the right to be…
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2016.09.09 Football: South Lakes @ Briar Woods, Homecoming

Brambleton, VA (September 9, 2016) – An hour before game time the Homecoming stands at Briar Woods were filling up fast. Clad in orange, the Falcon fans were in an early frenzy. As the home team burst through the end zone banner, a "crush" was on the menu. Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action…
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2016.08.26 Football: Rock Ridge @ Riverside

Lansdowne, VA (August 26, 2016) – The opening night for the two newest football programs in Loudoun County was one of high hopes and plenty of optimism on both sides of the field. By game time, despite the sweltering heat, the visitors side was almost as full as the home team side, and the student sections…
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2016.07.14 Special: Best of 2015-16 High School Sports

Ashburn, VA (July 14, 2016) – It's been a true privilege to photograph high school sports in Loudoun County for the last four years. I've witnessed breathtaking moments, heartbreaking disappointments, thrilling victories, and stunning upsets. I've seen great team victories and brilliant individual championships. I've sat in a field bundled up waiting for cross country racers to…
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