Park View (4-0, 1-0) at Handley (4-0, 1-0)
Last meeting: Oct. 21, 1995. Park View won, 28-14.
Key for the Patriots: The secondary. Some of Park View's best athletes--senior Mike McDermott and juniors Nick Smith and Tim Murphy (four interceptions)--are in the secondary, and they'll have their work cut out for them against the Judges. Handley senior quarterback Lang Campbell attempts 22 to 24 passes per game and completes nearly 50 percent (against Loudoun Valley on Friday, he was 11 of 24 for 196 yards). The Patriots have not faced a team with that kind of passing attack this season--or even last season, for that matter.
Notable: Park View senior offensive lineman Andy Skinner sprained his knee against Liberty on Friday and could be out for the next two or three weeks, according to Coach Mickey Thompson. Sophomore defensive back Matt Priddy, who suffered a concussion against the Eagles, is questionable for Saturday's game at Handley. . . . Park View is ranked second, and Handley is ranked third in the latest Associated Press Group AA poll.
Loudoun County (3-1, 1-0)at Potomac Falls (3-1, 1-0)
Key for the Raiders: Contain the Panthers' running game. Loudoun County shut down Warren County's two talented runners, Travis Diamond (21 carries for 48 yards) and Brad Keller (11-19) in Friday's 10-7 win. Against Potomac Falls, the Raiders can't concentrate on stopping just one back--the Panthers spread the ball around and haven't had a player rush for more than 100 yards in a game this year.
Key for the Panthers: Have a good first half. "We haven't done that in some of our bigger games," Coach Wes Driskill said. "So that's going to be our battle cry this week." Last season, the Panthers trailed at halftime in six games (they managed to come back and win two). Potomac Falls struggled in the first half against South Lakes on Sept. 10, trailing 26-7 at halftime, and wound up with their first--and so far only--loss of the season.
Notable: Loudoun County and Potomac Falls have two of the Northwestern District's best place kickers. Panthers junior Greg Kuehn has kicked a 45-yard field goal this season and has put a handful of kickoffs into the end zone. Raiders senior Cary Greenfield is 6 of 8 on field goal attempts; his 24-yarder with 5 minutes 51 seconds left in Friday's game at Warren County gave Loudoun County a 10-7 win. Two years ago in Front Royal, Greenfield kicked a 35-yard field goal with 4:30 left to give the Raiders a 9-8 win over the Wildcats.
Loudoun Valley (3-1, 0-1) at Liberty (0-4, 0-1)
Last meeting: Oct. 2, 1998. Liberty won, 26-14.
Key for the Vikings: Tackle better. Handley scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns on long plays--a 54-yard reception by R.C. Simmons and a 42-yard run by Adam Woods--to secure a 28-20 win Friday. On both plays, the Vikings had opportunities to make tackles--and they didn't. "I really thought our effort was there against Handley," Coach Mike Barton said. "But after watching the film, we saw that we did some very poor things that could've made a difference. But they're things we can work on."
Key for the Eagles: Make fewer mistakes offensively. The Eagles moved the ball against Park View's defense in Friday's 41-0 loss but made crucial mistakes in Patriots territory: Two drives ended in turnovers (one fumble, one interception that was returned for a touchdown), and two drives stalled at the Park View 10-yard line. Liberty, the district's highest-scoring team a year ago, has scored only 21 points in four games.
Notable: Loudoun Valley senior Ben Cross has scored 11 of the Vikings' 16 touchdowns this season (10 rushing, one fumble recovery). . . . Liberty has won four of the five meetings between the teams. The Vikings' lone victory came in 1997, when they won, 42-21, in Bealeton.
Broad Run (1-3, 0-1) at Warren County (2-2, 0-1)
Last meeting: Nov. 3, 1995. Broad Run won, 21-7.
Key for the Spartans: Find a way to move the ball offensively. The Broad Run defense has played well throughout the season; the only problem is, "They're on the field way too much because we go three and out on offense," Coach Ken Belchik said. "They get worn out." The Spartans didn't have their starting quarterback against Potomac Falls on Friday; junior Jeff Rariden stepped in for junior Matt Gordy, who sprained his ankle in gym class last week and is questionable for this week's game.
Notable: Each of Warren County's games this season has been decided by a touchdown or less.
Brooke Point (2-2, 0-1) at Fauquier (2-2, 0-0)
Key for the Falcons: Control the ball. "I know it's a cliche, but we need to keep the ball out of their hands," Coach Tom Ferrell said. "With their speed, they have the potential to score at any time." The Falcons can't afford to give up a lot of points, because it is very tough to score against the Black-Hawks' defense--only one team (Potomac) has scored more than seven points against Brooke Point this year. Friday, Brooke Point held North Stafford's high-powered offense to zero offensive touchdowns in a 7-0 loss.
Notable: The Falcons did not play last week. . . . Senior fullback Eric Bailey leads the team in rushing with 373 yards but has yet to score a touchdown.