Rather than rooting for McLean or Jefferson to lose, Edison (5-4) would prefer to knock off Hayfield to solidify its Northern Region Division 5 playoff berth. Hayfield has beaten the Eagles in all three meetings since joining the National District.
“Their team always has had that special player that in the last three or four years we couldn’t hold onto or stop,” said Edison Coach Anthony Parker, whose team is on a three-game winning streak. “This year we feel we can match up with them.”
Senior linebacker Lonnie Edwards leads the Eagles in tackles.
Edison reached the playoffs every season but one between 2000 and 2009 but slipped to 3-7 and 4-6 the past two seasons.
Hayfield has won four straight since its consecutive losses to Madison (7-2), No. 14 Yorktown (9-0) and Centreville (6-3), games determined by a total of 15 points. . . .
Wakefield (0-9), a 1-9 team each of the past three years, is trying to avoid its first 0-10 season since 2004 by winning a home game Friday against Mount Vernon (3-6). Long-time Wakefield stat man Frank Haddock said that Wakefield has not won a regular season finale on its home field since 1983 (not counting a 1997 win over Mount Vernon played at Washington-Lee). . . .
Falls Church (2-7) plays at Stuart (2-7) in the annual season-ending Bell Game. Stuart has won the past two years to break the Jaguars’ five-game winning streak in the series. Stuart leads all-time, 32-19-1. . . .
Yorktown (9-0) will go for its second consecutive unbeaten regular season at Washington-Lee (5-4). Yorktown would be only the third program to accomplish that feat in the Northern Region in the past 20 years. Robinson went 10-0 for three straight seasons from 2002 to 2004. Westfield did in 2002-2003 and 2006-2007 and could make it another two years in a row this season. . . .
West Potomac junior running back Demornay Pierson-El, who sat out the second half of a 34-10 loss last week at West Springfield because of a leg injury, is questionable for the regular season finale Friday against T.C. Williams (4-5). Pierson-El has scored 25 touchdowns for the Wolverines (6-3) this season, third-most in the Washington area. “He’s day to day,” West Potomac Coach Jeremiah Davis said Thursday afternoon. “We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow on it.”
South County (4-5) can secure a Division 5 playoff berth with a home win over W.T. Woodson (2-7). South County has outscored its past three opponents 161-33.
No. 18 Lake Braddock will try to beat West Springfield (6-3) for the fourth straight year.
Lee (3-6) won three of its first four games. It since has been outscored 218-14, with three shutout losses. Annandale (1-8) has lost six straight and could finish 1-9 for the second consecutive season after losing as many as eight games only once in the previous 20-plus years.