Potomac Falls (1-1) at Jefferson County, W. Va. (1-2)

Friday, 7:30.

First meeting.

Key for the Panthers: Contain Jefferson running back Damon McDowell, who ran for 256 yards against Loudoun Valley last week. The Panthers did a good job defensively against speedy South Lakes senior Anthony McGhee in Friday's 29-13 loss, limiting McGhee to just 77 yards on 19 carries and no rushes longer than 10 yards.

Notable: Junior Jason Treon (10 for 20, 155 yards, 1 TD vs. South Lakes) will start at quarterback for the Panthers tomorrow.

Massaponax (1-1) at Broad Run (1-1)

Friday, 7:30.

First meeting.

Key for the Spartans: Hold on to the ball. In last Thursday's game at Colonial Forge, the Spartans fumbled six times (losing five) and were intercepted once. Broad Run overcame those miscues to beat the first-year school, 26-20, but can't afford to do that against Massaponax.

Notable: The Spartans held Colonial Forge to just 113 yards of total offense last week. . . . Massaponax is a second-year school in Fredericksburg.

Spotsylvania (1-1) at Liberty (0-2)

Friday, 7:30.

First meeting.

Key for the Eagles: Tackle better. "Our biggest problem right now is that we have an inexperienced defense . . ." Coach Joe Trabucco said. "Last week, we missed too many tackles."

Notable: Senior running back Shawn Lewis will miss tomorrow's game because of a badly sprained thumb, injured in Friday's 35-0 loss to North Stafford. . . . Spotsylvania lost to Lafayette, 52-18, in the Group AA Region I Division 4 semifinals last year.

Musselman, W. Va. (3-0) at Loudoun County (1-1)

Friday, 7:30.

Last meeting: Not available.

Key for the Raiders: Forget about the 28-21 overtime loss to Loudoun Valley on Sept. 3 (they did not play last week). "Mentally, you want to go out and play after a loss like that," Coach Pat McManus said. "But the loss, combined with the off week, gave us the chance to home in on some areas where we need work."

Notable: Musselman was undefeated and the top-ranked team in West Virginia's AAA Division at the end of the 1998 season.

Loudoun Valley (2-0) at Hedgesville, W. Va. (0-3)

Friday, 7:30.

Last meeting: Not available.

Key for the Vikings: Vary the offense. Loudoun Valley attempted only two passes in Saturday's 28-13 win over Jefferson County (W. Va.)--one fell incomplete, and the other was knocked down. "I did not do a good job of mixing up our offense on Saturday," Coach Mike Barton said. "Our receivers coach said to me, 'Why am I here?' "

Notable: Vikings senior running back Cory Austin suffered a concussion in Saturday's game and will not play against Hedgesville.

Stonewall Jackson (0-2) at Fauquier (2-1)

Friday, 7:30.

Last meeting: Oct. 1, 1993. Stonewall Jackson won, 35-6.

Key for the Falcons: Establish the passing game. Like Loudoun Valley, Fauquier has relied on the run this season. But other than Eric Bailey--who had 74 yards on 16 carries--the Falcons' running game was ineffective against a big, fast Gar-Field team, and as a result, Fauquier was shut out, 35-0, last Thursday.

Notable: Stonewall Jackson has only three days to prepare for Fauquier; the Raiders lost to Osbourn, 19-0, Monday.

Park View (2-0) at Osbourn (1-1)

Saturday, 7:30.

Last meeting: Oct. 13, 1995. Park View won, 28-24.

Key for the Patriots: Cut down on penalties. Park View easily beat Courtland, 56-6, Friday, but the Patriots were penalized eight times for 115 yards.

Notable: Senior running back Nelson Stickley sprained his ankle at the start of the second half of the Courtland game. Coach Mickey Thompson said Monday that Stickley was "doubtful" for the Osbourn game. . . . This game was originally scheduled for Friday night but was pushed back at Osbourn's request.

UNSUNG HEROES

RB/DB Tim Murphy, Park View, Jr., vs. Courtland: Had 7 first hit tackles, 1 fumble recovery, and 2 interceptions. Also rushed for 46 yards and 1 TD on 5 carries, and returned two punts for 26 yards.

LB Ike Hamilton, Potomac Falls, Sr., vs. South Lakes: Recorded 13 tackles vs. the Seahawks.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

AA Northwestern District Teams

Broad Run 26, Colonial Forge 20

Handley 28, Sherando 14

North Stafford 35, Liberty 0

Loudoun Valley 28, Jefferson Co. (W.Va.) 13

Park View 56, Courtland 6

South Lakes 29, Potomac Falls 13

Harrisonburg 21, Warren County 16

AAA Commonwealth District Teams

Potomac 21, Brooke Point 14

Broad Run 26, Colonial Forge 20

Culpeper 31, Chancellor 28

Gar-Field 35, Fauquier 0

Martinsburg (W.Va.) 31, James Wood 7

North Stafford 35, Liberty 0

Handley 28, Sherando 14

Stafford 13, Osbourn Park 12

ON THE BOARD

Last week's top performances

RUSHING: Ben Cross, Loudoun Valley, Sr., vs. Jefferson County: 266 yards on 33 carries, 3 TDs.

PASSING: Nick Smith, Park View, Jr., vs. Courtland: completed 9 of 12 passes for 163 yards and 2 TDs.

RECEIVING: Zack Veselick, Potomac Falls, Jr., vs. South Lakes: 7 catches for 95 yards and 1 TD.

BY THE NUMBERS

0

Points allowed by the Park View defense in 1999. The Patriots have given up only six points in two games (on an 80-yard kickoff return by Courtland's Cortez Thompson).

2

Current ranking of Park View in the Associated Press Group AA poll. Salem, the defending Group AA Division 4 champion, is ranked first. Northwestern District foe Handley is third.

6

Games in which Loudoun Valley senior Ben Cross has rushed for over 200 yards in his three-year varsity career.