Broad Run (0-1) at Colonial Forge (0-1)

First meeting.

Key for the Spartans: Execute. Broad Run Coach Ken Belchik was pleased with his team in its 34-0 loss to Osbourn Park. "No doubt, we saw improvements from last season," Belchik said. "We were blocking correctly, we were tackling better. Now we've got to build on that."

Key for the Eagles: Take advantage of their superior size. Colonial Forge, a first-year school, has no seniors, but the Eagles have 18 players who weigh more than 200 pounds; the Spartans have eight players who are 200-plus.

Notable: Broad Run junior fullback Jacob Davis, who rushed for 36 yards on eight carries against Osbourn Park, strained a ligament in his ankle during the fourth quarter and will be out six weeks. Sophomore Jeff Shuster will step into Davis's place.

South Lakes (1-0) at Potomac Falls (1-0)

Last meeting: Oct. 16, 1998. Potomac Falls won, 18-17.

Key for the Seahawks: Force the Panthers to throw. Potomac Falls attempted only two passes in its 42-0 win over Clarke County because its running game was so effective. Eight Potomac Falls players carried the ball for a combined 306 yards.

Key for the Panthers: Contain South Lakes's speed. Running back Anthony McGhee rushed for 161 yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns (including a 66-yard run on the second play from scrimmage) in the Seahawks' 37-12 win over Wakefield last week.

Notable: The Panthers' 42-0 victory Friday over Clarke County marked the first shutout in school history. The 42 points scored by Potomac Falls also were a school record.

Fauquier (2-0) at Gar-Field (1-0)

Last meeting: 1993. Gar-Field won, 22-19.

Key for the Falcons: Control the line of scrimmage. Fauquier's undersized offensive line has held up well in its first two games but faces a stiff test in Gar-Field.

Key for the Indians: Their size and speed--two things that Fauquier lacks. "They have a great amount of athleticism and great speed," Fauquier Coach Tom Ferrell said. "We don't have speed; everyone has seen that. If we make a mistake, it could easily cost us six points."

Notable: Gar-Field lost to Hylton, 46-15, in the Group AAA Northwestern Region Division 6 final in 1998. Hylton won the state title.

Liberty (0-1) at North Stafford (1-0)

Last meeting: Sept. 18, 1998. Liberty won, 21-13.

Key for the Eagles: Find a way to score. The Eagles scored on their opening drive against Fauquier on Friday but were shut out the rest of the game. Against North Stafford's high-octane, no-huddle offense, "we'll probably have to put three or four touchdowns on the board to have a chance to win," Liberty Coach Joe Trabucco said.

Key for the Wolverines: Senior quarterback Chris Ashinhurst. He completed 21 of 34 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns in the Wolverines' 44-6 win over Stonewall Jackson last week. "We'll try to do some different things defensively, but he gets rid of the ball so fast," Trabucco said. "Our biggest concern is tackling in the open field."

Notable: Liberty has won all three meetings between the schools, dating to the 1997 season.

Jefferson County, W. Va. (1-1) at Loudoun Valley (1-0)

Last meeting: Sept. 11, 1998. Loudoun Valley lost, 24-14.

Key for the Cougars: Pressure the quarterback. Loudoun Valley's offensive line has been affected by injuries, and Vikings quarterback Anthony Long was sacked three times Friday against Loudoun County.

Key for the Vikings: Cut down on turnovers. The Vikings were able to beat Loudoun County, 28-21 in overtime, despite losing five fumbles--including one with 2 minutes 30 seconds left in the game, and Loudoun Valley trailing, 21-14.

Notable: Loudoun Valley senior running back Ben Cross missed most of the third quarter of Friday's games with leg cramps. "He played both ways," Loudoun Valley Coach Mike Barton said, "which he has done in the past but not quite as much as he did on Friday.". . . . The Vikings won their season opener for the first time since 1995.

Park View (1-0) at Courtland (1-0)

Last meeting: 1990.

Key for the Patriots: Contain Courtland junior running back Cortez Thompson, who rushed for 197 yards on 10 carries in the Cougars' 28-26 victory over Orange County last week. Thompson scored two touchdowns, one on a 90-yard kickoff return, the other on an 82-yard run.

Key for the Cougars: Keep the Patriots' offense on the sidelines. Park View piled up 536 yards of total offense in its 48-0 victory over Sherando on Aug. 27. Only two of the Patriots' nine offensive possessions did not result in a touchdown--and one of those was because the game ended.

Notable: Courtland played in the Group AAA Commonwealth District last year, but has moved down to Group AA Battlefield District. . . . Park View beat Courtland in the 1988 Group AA Region II Division 4 final en route to winning the state championship.


DT Jason Spring, Loudoun County, Sr., vs. Loudoun Valley: Recorded eight tackles, including five for losses.

DE Eric Gaskins, Loudoun County, Sr., vs. Loudoun Valley: Recorded six tackles and recovered two Loudoun Valley fumbles.

FB/DT Thomas Walker, Liberty, Sr., vs. Fauquier: Led team on offense (20 carries for 137 yards) and defense (seven tackles).

LB Eric Bailey, Fauquier, Sr., vs. Liberty: Forced two fumbles and helped make 16 tackles.


Last week's top performances

RUSHING: George Minor, Fauquier, Jr., vs. Liberty: 143 yards on 22 carries, 1 TD.

PASSING: Anthony Long, Loudoun Valley, Sr., vs. Loudoun County: completed 4 of 6 passes for 115 yards and 1 TD.

RECEIVING: Greg Carlson, Loudoun Valley, Jr., vs. Loudoun County: three catches for 100 yards, 1 TD.


RB Angelo Wilson, Potomac Falls, Sr.

In a 42-0 win over Clarke County on Friday, Wilson ran for a 40-yard touchdown on the Panthers' first play from scrimmage. It was Wilson's first varsity carry; he did not play football last year. Three other Panthers--seniors Dustin Embrey, Doug Tipsword and Ike Hamilton--also scored touchdowns the first time they touched the ball.

SE/DB Greg Carlson, Loudoun Valley, Jr.

In his first varsity start, Carlson caught three passes Friday against Loudoun County, including a 75-yard touchdown that tied the game with 15 seconds left. In overtime, Carlson intercepted a pass on fourth down to seal the victory.

QB Kurt Iverson, Liberty, Jr.

Iverson has taken the place of all-state quarterback Hank Meadows, who graduated. The 6-foot-3, 224-pound junior completed his first two passes in Friday's season opener against Fauquier, including a perfectly placed 15-yard touchdown to junior Matt Childress that gave Liberty a 7-0 lead. Those were the only passes Iverson completed in the loss (he was 2 for 9), but Liberty Coach Joe Trabucco was pleased with what he saw.


Tonight's Games

All games begin at 7:30

AA Northwestern District Teams

South Lakes at Potomac Falls

Broad Run at Colonial Forge

AAA Commonwealth District Teams

Broad Run at Colonial Forge

Fauquier at Gar-Field

Friday's Games

All games begin at 7:30

AA Northwestern District Teams

Liberty at North Stafford

Jefferson County (W.Va.) at Loudoun Valley

Park View at Courtland

Harrisonburg at Warren County

Handley at Sherando

AAA Commonwealth District Teams

Potomac at Brooke Point

Chancellor at Culpeper

James Wood at Martinsburg (W.Va.)

Liberty at North Stafford

Handley at Sherando

Osbourn Park at Stafford


AA Northwestern District Teams

Loudoun Valley 28, Loudoun County 21 (OT)

Osbourn Park 34, Broad Run 0

Potomac Falls 42, Clarke County 0

Fauquier 10, Liberty 7

Warren County 23, Turner Ashby 20 (OT)

Handley 26, Harrisonburg 0

AAA Commonwealth District Teams

Fauquier 10, Liberty 7

Brooke Point 14, Spotsylvania 3

Forrestville (Md.) 58, Colonial Forge 3

James Wood 34, Hedgesville (W.Va.) 12

North Stafford 44, Stonewall Jackson 6

Musselman (W.Va.) 22, Sherando 15

James Monroe 21, Stafford 10

Culpeper 27, Madison County 6