Weekend football report: Virginia
Monday, October 4, 2010; 1:33 PM
Northern Region report
As their teams went through preseason practices, several coaches in the AAA Concorde District echoed the same refrain: It's going to be another loaded year in the perennially powerful district.
What none of them likely could predict, however, was just how successful those teams would be early in the season.
Entering the first week of district play this Friday, three teams in the Concorde are undefeated: No. 10 Oakton, No. 13 Centreville and Chantilly. Meanwhile, No. 12 Robinson has just one loss and is coming off of a message-sending 10-7 upset win over then-No. 5 Lake Braddock, and Westfield's two losses came to the Bruins and top-ranked Stone Bridge by a total of just nine points.
"There is not a weakness," Oakton Coach Joe Thompson said last week. "The Concorde is still real tough to play in and what we're doing out of district across the board this season gives you an indication of that. I think it'll be an interesting last five weeks of the season."
Those final five weeks likely will see the end of most of those perfect records, as the district foes beat up on each other. This week, Oakton opens district play with Westfield, while Chantilly and Robinson square off in Fairfax.
It's part of the price of playing in the district, coaches said. On one hand, teams are prepared for the postseason after facing tough opponents each week. On the other, it's a brutal stretch of physical games that takes its toll.
"That's the one great thing about being in Concorde," Thompson said. "You never have trouble motivating kids week to week. They know what's on the line."
Around the Northern Region
In limited action, Stone Bridge senior Marcus Harris paced the top-ranked Bulldogs with 100 rushing yards, three touchdowns and helped build a 49-0 halftime lead over Marshall. Stone Bridge, which had its highest scoring output of the season, finished with a 63-7 win. Senior Spenser Rositano returned two punts (43 and 60 yards) for touchdowns. ...
Langley senior Troy Scharfen, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver, notched his fifth-straight 100-yard receiving game to help lead his team to a 31-10 win over Herndon. With Friday's nine-catch, 187-yard performance, the senior now leads the region in catches (49) and yards (890). Quarterback Braden Anderson, the region's second-leading passer, continues to spearhead the Saxons' prolific air offense, adding 258 yards on 14-of-25 passing....
Annandale (3-2, 2-0) needed only 277 yards of offense - 170 on the ground - to secure a 26-16 victory over Lee (1-4, 0-2). The win moves the Atoms into a three-way tie at the top of the Patriot District with Lake Braddock (4-1, 2-0) and West Potomac (3-2, 2-0). The Atoms' only two losses have come against undefeated Oakton and Centreville. ...
Behind 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns from junior running back Chris Kirby, Stuart amassed 325 yards on the ground against Wakefield. Dual-threat quarterback Javonte Robinson, the team's leading rusher and passer, added 107 rushing yards....
For the second straight week, Yorktown (4-1) kicker Mike Dola kicked a 51-yard field goal. The senior, who had made three of his four field goal attempts this season, also boomed all five kickoffs into the endzone in a 26-7 win over Falls Church (1-4) on Friday. The Patriots have the best overall record in the National District.