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Prep football games to watch in Virginia

Friday, November 20, 2009

AAA Northern Region Div. 6 semifinals

Who: No. 16 Lake Braddock (9-2) at No. 11 Robinson (10-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Playoff history: Robinson is in the playoffs for the 14th time in 19 years and Lake Braddock is in for the second time in three years.

When Lake Braddock has the ball: Junior QB Michael Nebrich has totaled almost 3,500 offensive yards, with 20 touchdowns rushing and 16 passing. Robinson LB Brian Laiti (Virginia Tech) will lead the effort against him.

When Robinson has the ball: The Rams boast two 1,000-yard rushers, Jared Valesquez and Connor Riley, who have combined for 35 touchdowns. WR Matt Zanellato has 37 catches.

X factor: Home field advantage (and parking).

Who: South County (7-4) at No. 14 W.T. Woodson (10-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Playoff history: Fifth-year school South County, in the playoffs for the past three years, last week earned its first postseason win, 27-23 at Westfield. Woodson is in the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

When South County has the ball: Senior QB Aaron Andrews, who was injured for part of the season, threw for 128 yards and a score and ran eight times for 60 yards last week.

When W.T. Woodson has the ball: It all starts with senior QB Connor Reilly (Temple). His first three completions last week went to different receivers, and James Johnson and Jonathan Stokes are both capable backs.

X factor: Recent history. Woodson beat South County, 35-0, on Nov. 6.

AAA Northern Region Div. 5 semifinals

Who: Madison (7-4) at No. 17 Stone Bridge (10-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Playoff history: The Warhawks have reached the region semifinals seven times since 2001. The Bulldogs have won three of the last four Northern Region titles.

When Madison has the ball: The Warhawks only use a handful of plays and run 80 percent of the time.

When Stone Bridge has the ball: The single wing: Coach Mickey Thompson has perfected his multi-back attack and junior Marcus Harris (1,608 yards) runs it as well as anyone.

X factor: Stone Bridge junior WR/DB Spenser Rositano does it all from rushing and receiving to tackling and blocking kicks.

Who: Hayfield (9-2) at Lee (8-3)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Playoff history: Hayfield, a 34-6 winner last week over Yorktown, is in for the first time since 2001. Lee, a 42-18 winner last week over McLean, is in for the third straight year.

When Hayfield has the ball: Senior QB Anton McCallum and senior RB/WR Rayshawn Rigans were part of all five touchdown plays in a 40-35 loss to Lee on Sept. 11.

When Lee has the ball: The Lancers boast two of the three first-team all-Patriot RBs in Idreis Augustus and Jazmier Williams.

X factor: Augustus. In Lee's win over Hayfield this season, he had TD runs of 67, 64 and 80 yards.

AAA Northwest Region Div. 5 semifinal

Who: Osbourn (8-3) at North Stafford (7-3)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Playoff history: Osbourn can reach its third region final in the past four years. North Stafford is in the postseason for the first time since 2004.

When Osbourn has the ball: The Eagles blend the single wing and spread, and dynamic QB Thomas Keith (909 rushing yards, 851 passing yards, 20 total TDs) makes the marriage work.

When North Stafford has the ball: Expect plenty of RB Torry Hart (193 carries, 1,207 yards, 14 touchdowns). LB Tyler Del Rosario (155 pounds) makes a ton of plays for Osbourn.

X factor: Osbourn junior Timmy Keith. Everybody knows about his older brother, but the hybrid-type player could tip the scales.

AA Region II Div. 4 semifinal

Who: Liberty (8-3) at No. 2 Broad Run (10-0)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Playoff History: Liberty was the Virginia AAA Div. 5 Northwest Region champion last season, but dropped back down to AA this year. Broad Run is the defending AA Div. 4 state champion.

When Liberty has the ball: The Eagles run by committee, led by Wayne Fleming (134 carries, 881 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Bryon Williams (127-925-11).

When Broad Run has the ball: The Spartans are led by star RB T.J. Peeler (Pitt), who has rushed for 1,616 yards and 18 touchdowns on 179 carries.

X-Factor: Rust. Broad Run has not played a game since Oct. 30.

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