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Host B.J. Koubaroulis and The Post's Paul Tenorio and James Wagner preview No. 1 Stone Bridge's meeting with No. 2 Osbourn in Saturday's Virginia AAA Div. 5 state semifinal.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010; 10:03 PM

Who: No. 1 Stone Bridge (13-0) at No. 2 Osbourn (12-0)

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When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

At stake: Berth in the Virginia AAA Division 5 final against the Phoebus-Dinwiddie winner on Dec. 11 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.

How they got here: Stone Bridge and Osbourn continued their dominating runs with big wins in their respective region finals. Stone Bridge defeated Hayfield, 35-7, to win the Northern title. Osbourn downed Mountain View, 48-7, to capture the Northwest crown.

Watch for: There is no secret formula behind Osbourn's success. The Eagles are led by one of the area's top recruits, quarterback Dominique Terrell, who has rushed for 2,010 yards and 30 touchdowns and thrown for 1,305 yards and 15 scores. On the outside, Timmy Keith and Lucky Whitehead are major big-play threats with tons of speed. If any player makes the first defender miss, they could be off to the races - especially the dynamic Terrell.

Stone Bridge has alternated between its two major formations: a single-wing, run-first offense led by running back Marcus Harris and a spread approach guided by quarterback Brian Rody. Harris has rushed for 1,758 yards and 32 total touchdowns and is a reliable back that the Bulldogs leaned heavily on last year in the playoffs. Harris carried the ball a state-record 47 times in last year's state final, a 15-10 loss to Phoebus. Rody, meanwhile, has thrown for 1,828 yards and 19 touchdowns with just four interceptions and has weapons in Stan Johnson, Spenser Rositano and Kyle Gouveia.

The skinny: The determining factor will be how well the Stone Bridge front seven can limit Osbourn's big-play capability. The Bulldogs are giving up 112 yards of offense per game and just 1.4 yards per carry, but must prevent Terrell from breaking off huge, game-changing plays.

- Paul Tenorio


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