Hylton (14-0) at Petersburg (7-4)
* Outlook: Petersburg scrimmaged just once this preseason, and Hylton Coach Bill Brown is not too sure how he feels about that.
On the one hand, he knows how much his team improved by playing a second scrimmage, so he is glad Petersburg played just one. But on the other hand, he would like to have gotten another look at the Crimson Wave, because in the scrimmage Hylton scouted, players were wearing numberless practice jerseys.
"It was hard to keep up with different people," Brown said.
Three to watch out for are linebackers Marcus Johnson and Chase Mason and guard Charles Harrison, all of whom are drawing Division I interest, Petersburg Coach Bob Smith said.
Hylton this week has been addressing all the questions that cropped up in the home jamboree scrimmage Saturday against Hampton and Lake Braddock. Those concerns ranged from quarterback containment to offensive line play. There has been some shuffling on the line this week, and there could be more.
"This may sound funny," Brown said, "but after the game with Petersburg, we're off for a week, and I'm glad because we have so much work to do."
Petersburg is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its 1979 Virginia AAA state title. A Division 6 school last season, the Crimson Wave now plays in Division 5.
Petersburg is considered a bit of a mystery team in the Richmond area because 1,400-yard rusher Naeem Whitfield and defensive end T'Ron Richardson, though not seniors a year ago, are not playing football this season.
The Crimson Wave beat Brooke Point, 13-7, in the 1998 opener.
Gar-Field (7-5) at GW-Danville (5-5)
* Outlook: Playing the season opener at GW-Danville, and winning, got Hylton off on the right foot last season. Gar-Field will try to do likewise in this jaunt to just north of the Tennessee border.
There the Indians will debut a new backfield led by sophomore quarterback Ryan Smith, whose brother, Kevin, was the starting quarterback at Towson University the past four seasons. He left with 7,746 passing yards, third on the Maryland school's all-time list.
After this long trip, the Indians will stick close to Dale City with a bye week and three consecutive home games.
GW-Danville beat Gar-Field, 49-0, in a AAA Northwestern Region semifinal in 1996.
Culpeper (9-3) at Woodbridge (4-6)
* Outlook: If last season holds true to form, this could be quite the aerial show. Culpeper senior Mike Jenkins threw for more than 1,700 yards, a school record. Eighty-two of his completions went to seniors Terence Dinkins and John Cagle.
Woodbridge senior Abey Malave-Lopez racked up 1,108 yards, and one of his favorite targets, senior Lamar Lane, also is back for the Vikings. Malave-Lopez will have to be mindful of fleet outside linebacker Curtis Robinson, who recorded 14 1/2 sacks last season for the Blue Devils.
Culpeper lost in the Virginia AAA Division 5 Northwestern Region final to Amherst.
Osbourn (3-7) at King George (1-9)
* Outlook: Even if this were not his varsity head coaching debut, Friday's opener would be quite the road game for new Osbourn coach Randy Bove: He will drive from his Massaponax area home to school. He will bus with the team to King George, a Virginia AA school east of Fredericksburg. He will bus back to Manassas after the game. Then he will drive back home.
As for drives during the game, that remains to be seen. The Eagles will use a host of running backs and new quarterback Chris Coates, a senior logging significant time behind center for the first season since he was a freshman.
Quantico (4-6) at Manassas Park (3-7)
* Outlook: The Manassas Park skill position players showed their stuff in a 50-14 win against Quantico last season, and Cougars Coach Jeff Lloyd believes the team could be even stronger at those spots now.
The player who most did in Quantico in this game last year was quarterback B.J. Treuting, who passed for 82 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 71 yards and three touchdowns. He also kicked six extra points. Walter Newman rushed for 109 yards and returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
Quantico must replace its main threats. Terry McKoy, who gained 127 yards against the Cougars, was a senior. His brother Dante has transferred to North Stafford.
"We'd have given the ball to him 30 times," Quantico Coach Ken Woodie said of the younger McKoy. "In our league he would have scored at least three touchdowns [each game]."
Culpeper at Woodbridge, 7:30
Quantico at Manassas Park, 7:30
Hylton at Petersburg, 7:30
Gar-Field at GW-Danville, 7:30
Osbourn at King George, 7:30