Northwest, Region II football finals: Colonial Forge-Hylton, Briar Woods-Loudoun County battle for region titles
By Preston Williams,
Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 6 final
Colonial Forge at No. 14 Hylton
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
At stake: A berth in the AAA Division 6 semifinals.
Watch for: Hylton junior quarterback Travon McMillian and a star-studded Bulldogs defense. McMillian has both rushed and passed for more than 1,000 yards this season and has accounted for 24 touchdowns. The Hylton defense, led by senior linebackers E.J. Levenberry (Florida State) and Jack Francis, senior lineman Reggie Miles (Navy) and junior defensive back Lawrence Hunt, has given up a touchdown or less in six of 11 games. Hylton beat Colonial Forge, 35-16, on Oct. 12. McMillian ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 73 yards in the win.
Skinny: Hylton (9-2) is looking for its first region title since 2005. Stafford County school Colonial Forge (10-2) has never won one, losing in the region final in 2003, 2006 (to Potomac, then coached by current Hylton Coach Tony Lilly) and 2010. Hylton fingerprints are all over the Northwest Region championships. The Bulldogs are in. Forge is coached by former Hylton coach Bill Brown, who won two state titles at the Prince William County school. And Stafford school Mountain View, a Division 5 region finalist, is coached by former Hylton Coach Lou Sorrentino, who also won a state title with the Bulldogs.
Virginia AA Region II Division 4 final
No. 2 Loudoun County at No. 5 Briar Woods
At stake: A berth in the AA Division 4 semifinals.
Watch for: Briar Woods (12-0) will be without Dulles District Defensive Player of the Year Matt Rolin for the second straight game after the senior linebacker injured his knee in the team’s first-round win. But the two-time defending region champions remain formidable, with a defense that has given up just under seven points per game this season and an offense, — led by the Trace McSorley- Cam Serigne connection (775 receiving yards, eight scores) — that has posted nearly 42 points per contest. Loudoun County (10-2) has been impressive of late and is fresh off an upset of Tuscarora behind Jake Lokey’s 229 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Skinny: Two-time defending state champion Briar Woods won the teams’ first meeting this season, 45-0; Loudoun County is looking to make the most of its first trip to a region final since 1996 and snap a four-game losing streak against the Falcons.