Virginia AAA Northern Region football: District breakdowns

August 29, 2012
AAA Concorde District

Favorite: Westfield (12-1)

The Bulldogs graduated 43 seniors but have lost two or fewer games just seven times since opening in 2000, winning state titles in 2003 and 2007, and are again expected to contend.

Best rivalry: Westfield vs. Centreville
(Oct. 26)

Westfield opened in 2000, taking a chunk of Centreville’s population. Although Westfield has a 10-2 advantage in the series, the atmosphere at last year’s two games, including the Northern Region Division 6 championship, was unmatched in the region.

Players to watch: DB Andy Boone, Oakton (5-8, 160, Sr.); QB Kyle Downer, Oakton (6-2, 195, Sr.); RB DeAndre Harris, Chantilly (5-8, 155, Jr.); DL Jake Pinkston, Robinson (5-9, 240, Jr.); QB Sonny Romine, Chantilly (6-0, 175, Sr.).

— Paul Tenorio

AAA Liberty District

Favorite: Stone Bridge (10-2)

The Bulldogs have won at least 10 games in 10 consecutive seasons and have appeared in six of the past seven region championship games, winning five.

Best rivalry: McLean vs. Langley (Nov. 2)

Although neither team has made an appearance in a region title game since McLean in 1996, the two schools are separated by just four miles and draw heavy local crowds for their annual showdown.

Players to watch: DL Jonathan Allen, Stone Bridge (6-3, 245, Sr.); OL Burke Bartow, McLean (6-3, 340, Sr.); QB Ryan Burns, Stone Bridge (6-6, 230, Sr.); RB Rassaun Goldring, Stone Bridge (5-8, 155, Sr.); OL Jack Howerton, Langley (6-2, 320, Sr.).

— Paul Tenorio

AAA National District

Favorite: Yorktown (12-1)

The Patriots have qualified for the playoffs and/or won at least seven games for nine consecutive seasons. Running back M.J. Stewart, a first-team all-Northern Region “athlete” last year as a sophomore, has scholarship offers from Maryland and Virginia. Yorktown has won 18 consecutive district regular-season games.

Best rivalry: The annual Arlington County championship series among National teams Wakefield, Washington-Lee and Yorktown, an arrangement unique to Northern Virginia. Yorktown has won 24 county titles in 27 years under Coach Bruce Hanson.

Players to watch: QB Sam Appel, Washington-Lee (6-2, 195, Jr.); LB Jarrett Banks, Edison (6-1, 235, Sr.); WR/DB Jordan Coneys, Falls Church (5-9, 150, Jr.); QB Ellis Knudson, Hayfield (6-3, 230, Jr.); WR Khory Moore, Wakefield (6-0, 180, Sr.); DB Wesley Scott, Hayfield (5-11, 185, Sr.); RB Malcolm Sherman, Edison (5-9, 175, Sr.); RB M.J. Stewart, Yorktown (5-11, 180, Jr.); WR Seth Whitmore, Washington-Lee (5-11, 180, Sr.).

—Preston Williams

AAA Patriot District

Favorite: Lake Braddock (7-5)

The Bruins have reached the playoffs in four of the past five years, with two Northern Region championships, and lost one or fewer district games in those four seasons.

Best rivalry: For this season and next, West Potomac vs. Lake Braddock. Junior quarterback Caleb Henderson, a major college recruit who threw for 2,403 yards and 27 touchdowns last season while attending West Potomac, transferred to Lake Braddock after his father, Eric, was dismissed as coach at his former school. The elder Henderson is now a Lake Braddock assistant coach.

Players to watch: P-K Chris Blewitt, West Potomac (5-10, 175, Sr.); LB Oren Burks, South County (6-5, 210, Sr.); RB Jonathan Dunn, West Springfield (5-11, 185, Sr.); OL/DL Patrick Halloran, W.T. Woodson (6-4, 270, Sr.); QB Caleb Henderson, Lake Braddock (6-4, 230, Jr.); RB Michael Jolly, Lee, (5-9, 190, Jr.); DE Romario Peart, Lake Braddock (6-0, 245, Sr.); WR Demornay Pierson-El, West Potomac (5-8, 170, Jr); WR Austin Wolfe, Lake Braddock (6-0, 175, Sr.).

—Preston Williams

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