Slowing down Mun is a challenge that Warhawks Coach Lenny Schultz knows won’t be easy, but he’s not afraid to place this assignment on his fierce set of defenders.
“Our four guys up front plus our linebackers have to win that battle and be tough because Langley is big,” Schultz said. “Much of this game will come down to how well we can hold our own at the line of scrimmage.”
Game to watch: No. 13 Battlefield (3-1) at Stonewall Jackson (4-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
In beating teams that have gone a collective 5-14, Stonewall Jackson has not faced much adversity. The Raiders could face some Friday, hosting No. 13 Battlefield in a game that might determine the Virginia AAA Cedar Run District championship.
Battlefield (3-1), the three-time defending Northwest Region Division 6 champion and coming off a bye week, has beaten Stonewall (4-0) the past five seasons, including by a combined 145-24 the past four meetings.
“The challenge is something we haven’t faced yet, and that’s potentially being behind,” Stonewall Coach Mike Dougherty said. “That, to me, will be our test: What do we do if we’re behind a good team? Will we do what we’ve done in the past and wait for the game to end, or do what I think this group will do and get their act together?
“If we want to be a playoff team, we’re playing one this week. It’s big, but it’s not make or break either way. We’re not going to get rings ordered if we win and we’re certainly not going to collect the equipment if we lose.”
Dougherty, whose team this week gets back two injured linemen who got hurt early in the preseason, is quite pleased with the development of junior quarterback Greg Stroman, who has thrown for 661 yards and 10 touchdowns with just one interception. He also has rushed for 326 yards.
“He’s the heart in us right now,” Dougherty said. “I trust him. It’s odd to say that of a 16-year-old kid, but I trust him. It takes a lot for a player to get that from coaches. I believe in him and his teammates believe in him. We go as he goes.”
Around the Northern Region
For Robinson Coach Trey Taylor, Friday’s contest with South County feels all too familiar. Not only are Taylor and his Rams facing off against Gerry Pannoni, whom he coached under at W.T. Woodson, but both squads enter the game desperate for a win after starting 1-3 — as was the case in 2011. Last season, South County pulled out a 13-10 victory, adding momentum to what would become a 10-game win streak and an appearance in the AAA Division 5 final. Meanwhile, things went a bit south for the Rams, who lost three straight before finishing strong enough for a playoff berth.
Robinson enters fresh off a near-upset of No. 8 Westfield last week, when a late four-point lead evaporated in a 24-21 loss. Taylor said limiting turnovers and clamping down on defense will be key to thwarting a South County offense that can put up points in a hurry. But the Rams have their own scoring machine in tailback Joe Wilson, who has totaled 656 rushing yards and nine scores in his last two games. . . .
How out of character was T.C. Williams’s 73-0 season-opening shutout over Wakefield? In the subsequent weeks, the Titans gave up 55 points to Westfield, 40 to previously winless Robinson and 60 to previously winless South County. Now the Titans face Lake Braddock, a team that has scored 115 points against T.C. the past three years. . . .
Washington-Lee has won nine of last 10 against Wakefield. All three of Wakefield’s touchdowns this season have been via Zain Khokar passes.
Around Prince William
Brentsville (0-5), outscored 234-14 this season, has earned its bye week. The Tigers’ first five opponents — Kettle Run, Woodgrove, Tuscarora, Skyline and Stonewall Jackson — are a combined 21-0. The Tigers’ next five opponents, including a second game against Kettle Run, are 18-5, with three of those losses being to teams on the Brentsville schedule. . . .
What to make of Osbourn? The Eagles blanked 2011 playoff team Brooke Point, 40-0, in the opener. Then got blasted 39-7 by Mountain View. Then squeaked past Forest Park, 17-13. Then upset No. 12 Hylton, 23-13. And last week lost to Osbourn Park, 30-26, a team it had beaten seven times in the previous eight meetings.