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Thursday, September 9, 2010; 7:58 PM

Northern Region game to watch: Lee (1-0) at Hayfield (1-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Lee Coach Rob Everett spends most Saturday mornings during football season burning about 40 DVDs of the Lancers' upcoming opponent. He then hands them out to his players as homework. He will quiz them and encourage them to spot things he hasn't mentioned.

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This week, running back Donovan Taylor noticed a couple of defensive patterns of their Friday night opponent. But overall, the senior's conclusions of Hayfield weren't new to his coach.

"Speed-wise, they have a fast team," Taylor said.

Hayfield and Lee are well acquainted. Lee won both matchups last season by a total of nine points, including a thrilling a 28-24 victory in the AAA Northern Region Division 5 semifinal.

"If you want to be the best, you got to beat the best," Hayfield Coach Roy Hill said. "They represent a team that was in the regional final and beat us to get there. So to say the game doesn't have significance wouldn't be genuine."

The key playmakers from that November meeting are gone, but the Hawks will have strong-armed quarterback Jason Stewart to lead the team's triple option. They also bring speed in linebacker Anthony Wilson, linebacker and fullback Justin Marshall and wide receiver and defensive back Hashim Sesay.

It will be up to them to stop the trio of small - but fast - Lee players who love to run. Running back Phil Mariotti, quarterback Quinntez Diggins and Taylor - all under 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds - have big-play ability.

"It's going to be a personal game because they have been talking since the season ended last year," said Taylor, who knows many of the Hayfield players. "We're definitely getting prepared and there is going be some knocking of heads."

Around the Northern Region

After opening the season with an impressive 28-6 win over Annandale in which it rushed for over 200 yards, Centreville will look to continue its success under new coach Chris Haddock against Edison. Centreville should again have a chance to move the ball on the ground against an Eagles team that allowed 336 yards rushing against West Springfield last week. â?¦

No. 2 Stone Bridge will look for more offensive production in Week 2 after putting up just seven points on No. 12 Westfield. The Bulldogs face Loudoun rival Heritage, a team that led the Bulldogs, 8-0, at halftime last season before losing. The Pride lost their season opener, 41-19, to a Broad Run team that was without starting quarterback Connor Jessop.

Prince William game to watch: Battlefield (2-0) at Osbourn Park (1-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

These teams met last year in the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Divison 6 final, and each entered this season with question marks at quarterback.

Just a couple of weeks before practice, Dominique Terrell transferred from Osbourn Park to Osbourn, forcing the Yellow Jackets to quickly audition replacements. The job went to sophomore Denathan Dukes, who threw for 102 yards and a score and ran for two touchdowns last week in the season-opening 27-13 win at Stafford.


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