Class of ’09: State Champion Stone Bridge

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The Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) varsity football squad captured the Group AAA, Division 5 state championship this season, defeating Potomac 38-0 in the championship game. Head coach Mickey Thompson certainly has his program on the right track and, with a good group of juniors returning to lead the way, the team should be strong once again next season.

Coach Thompson believes he could have up to six college prospects on his roster. Leading the way are three linemen – Brian Slay, Zach Thompson and David Wang. Wang, a 6-2, 290-pound OL/DT, has already committed to Virginia Tech, while Thompson, a DL/TE, recently picked up an offer from the University of Virginia.

“Coach Groh came to one of our practices and of course he was at our championship game for a little bit (the state title game was played at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville),” Thompson said. “Seeing Zach in person twice I think solidified him.”

Zach Thompson, Mickey’s son, is a 6-5, 240-pound defensive lineman. Besides the obvious interest from UVa, he has also drawn early interest from Boston College, Colorado, Maryland and Virginia Tech. Coach Thompson believes the interest will get stronger as more junior film is sent out.

Thompson and junior defensive end prospect Brian Slay made for a formidable duo on the defensive line. The two may also be the top uncommitted juniors at Stone Bridge.

“Zach and Slay are getting a ton of mail right now,” Thompson said. “The UVa offer came so early because Zach has tremendous grades and he was able to see him in person. I would expect multiple offers for Zach, multiple offers for Slay and hopefully for Patrick. We also have a linebacker and running back that could get offers.

“Zach and Slay were really a big reason why we were able to win a state title. Having those two guys made it virtually impossible for teams to double-team just one of them. It also allowed our linebackers to run free and make plays.”

Coach Thompson says that Zach would like to play college football along side brother Patrick, who is also a junior.

“If somebody put in an offer for them together, then I’d think there would be a quick commitment,” Thompson said.

Virginia has made a positive early impression on Zach.

“The [Virginia coaches] have been really