Potomac Falls (2-1) at Broad Run (1-2)
Last meeting: Sept. 4, 1998. Potomac Falls won, 37-14.
Key for the Panthers: Continue to run the ball. The Panthers haven't had to depend on one back to carry the load: Junior Jason Lutman (24 carries for 174 yards this season) gets most of the carries, but seniors Ike Hamilton (57-yard touchdown run Friday) and Doug Tipsword (63-yard touchdown run Sept. 10) are capable of breaking big runs.
Key for the Spartans: Again, hold on to the ball. Because of the offense's inability to do so, Broad Run has committed 12 turnovers (nine fumbles, three interceptions) over the past two weeks. The Spartans' defense played well in those games--a 26-20 win at Colonial Forge and a 23-0 loss to Massaponax--but has been forced to stay on the field for long stretches.
Notable: The Potomac Falls defense has recorded two shutouts this season, after not recording a single shutout in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Liberty (0-3) at Park View (3-0)
Last meeting: Sept. 22, 1995. Park View won, 23-0.
Key for the Eagles: Find a way to control the football. "We have got to make Park View earn their touchdowns," Liberty Coach Joe Trabucco said. "We have to . . . make sure that they have to drive more than 30 or 40 yards to score." Junior Matt Childress will be a key on offense; Saturday, he rushed for 55 yards and also caught four passes for 86 yards and one touchdown.
Key for the Patriots: Cut down on mistakes. Against Courtland Sept. 10, the problem was penalties; against Osbourn Saturday, "we took it a step further and were making technique errors," Coach Mickey Thompson said. "Liberty can take advantage of some things if our techniques aren't sound."
Notable: Liberty is 0-3 for the first time in school history, but the Eagles have faced a tough schedule so far: Their first three opponents have a combined record of 7-3. . . . Liberty senior offensive tackle T.J. Haislip injured his knee against Spotsylvania and will be out for four weeks, Trabucco said. . . . Park View senior fullback Nelson Stickley did not play in Saturday's 25-3 win over Osbourn because of a sprained ankle but should return tomorrow.
Loudoun County (2-1) at Warren County (2-1)
Last meeting: Sept. 25, 1998. Loudoun County won, 35-14.
Key for the Raiders: Continue to improve offensively. The Raiders' defense has been solid throughout the season--against Musselman Friday, Loudoun County gave up only 72 rushing yards and forced six turnovers--while the young offense has been working out its kinks. "We had our best offensive performance against Musselman," Coach Pat McManus said. "The line played the best they have this season. If our offense can maintain some drives, that will benefit our defense."
Notable: The Raiders' 19-0 victory over Musselman was their first shutout since Sept. 4, 1998 (a 31-0 win over Loudoun Valley).
Handley (3-0) at Loudoun Valley (3-0)
Last meeting: Sept. 26, 1998. Handley won, 34-0.
Key for the Vikings: Contain Handley senior quarterback Lang Campbell. "Campbell is like a man among boys," Loudoun Valley Coach Mike Barton said. "When he's scrambling, he's dangerous. He beat us on two long runs last year. If you don't contain him, you're in trouble." Campbell also has a strong arm, and Handley often lines up with four wide receivers.
Notable: Loudoun Valley senior quarterback Anthony Long dislocated and fractured the pinkie finger on his left (non-throwing) hand during Friday's 35-6 win at Hedgesville (W. Va.). Senior fullback Ben Cross is not at full strength; he hurt his left ankle--the same ankle that caused him to miss two games last season--against Jefferson County Sept. 11 and tweaked it again against Hedgesville. Both will play against Handley, as will senior guard Steve Dellinger, who had been out with a sprained ankle.
PK Greg Kuehn, Potomac Falls, Jr., vs. Jefferson County: Kicked a 45-yard field goal, his first of the season.
DB Doug Tipsword, Potomac Falls, Sr., vs. Jefferson County: Recorded seven solo tackles and one interception.
FB Eric Bailey, Fauquier, Sr., vs. Stonewall Jackson: Accounted for 179 yards of total offense (142 rushing yards on 21 carries; 37 receiving yards on 2 catches).
DL Andrew Hoffman, Park View, Sr., vs. Osbourn: Recorded six first-hit tackles and forced one fumble.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
AA Northwestern District Teams
Massaponax 23, Broad Run 0
Handley 37, James Wood 7
Spotsylvania 28, Liberty 14
Loudoun County 19, Musselman (W. Va.) 0
Loudoun Valley 35, Hedgesville (W. Va.) 6
Park View 25, Osbourn 3
Potomac Falls 30, Jefferson County (W. Va.) 0
AAA Commonwealth District teams
Brooke Point 20, Osbourn Park 0
Brentsville 36, Colonial Forge 6
Culpeper 14, Albemarle 13
Stonewall Jackson 22, Fauquier 15
Handley 37, James Wood 7
North Stafford 21, Potomac 14
Keyser (W. Va.) 21, Sherando 20
Courtland 20, Stafford 0
ON THE BOARD
Last week's top performances
RUSHING: Ben Cross, Loudoun Valley, Sr., vs. Hedgesville: 190 yards on 14 carries, 3 TDs.
PASSING: Michael Stuart, Fauquier, Jr., vs. Stonewall Jackson: completed 7 of 12 passes for 109 yards, with one interception.
RECEIVING: John Stuart, Fauquier, Sr., vs. Stonewall Jackson: 4 catches for 75 yards.
BY THE NUMBERS
4 Field goals of longer than 40 yards kicked by Potomac Falls junior Greg Kuehn during his two-year varsity career.
6 Consecutive games won by Loudoun Valley, dating to the 1998 season.
17 Turnovers forced by the Loudoun County defense in three games (10 fumbles and 7 interceptions).
AA Northwestern District
Potomac Falls at Broad Run
Liberty at Park View
Handley at Loudoun Valley
Loudoun County at Warren County
AAA Commonwealth District
Brooke Point at North Stafford
Sherando at Culpeper
James Wood at Stafford
-- All games begin at 7:30