Woodbridge (2-4, 1-1)

at No. 2 Hylton (5-0, 2-0) No team has beaten Hylton since Week 8 of the 1997 season, when Woodbridge handed the Bulldogs a 21-13 loss. Since that game, Hylton has rattled off 21 consecutive wins.

Woodbridge can claim a feat foreign to Cardinal District brethren--a 5-4 series lead over Hylton, including wins in 1996 (playoffs) and 1997.

Vikings quarterback Abey Malave has been part of that success against Hylton, but he struggled somewhat last season, completing 7 of 21 passes against the Bulldogs and their nickel defense. Malave passed for both touchdowns in the 45-13 loss.

This is Hylton's third home game of the season, and the Bulldogs still have not played on their field on a Friday night. The Friendly game was on a Thursday, and the Dunbar game got bumped to a Saturday.

This week's game, the first of four in a row at home for Hylton, is Saturday night because Prince William County students are taking the Scholastic Assessment Test Saturday morning.

Brentsville (4-1, 0-0)

at Clarke County (0-5, 0-0) Brentsville gets to ease into Bull Run District play by facing a team that has been outscored 189-33 this season in losses to Potomac Falls, Randolph-Macon, Luray, Stonewall-Mount Jackson and Page County.

Brentsville is coming off its first loss of the season, 21-8 to James Monroe, snapping the program's six-game winning streak. Tigers senior running back Justin Thomas had more than 100 yards on 10 carries and three catches.

Brentsville last met the Eagles in 1995, when Clarke County pulled out a 6-0 win.

Take away Clarke, and the beefed up Bull Run has posted a 15-8 nondistrict record this season.

No. 18 Culpeper (6-0, 2-0) at Stafford (3-2, 2-0) Culpeper spanked previously undefeated North Stafford last week and now will try to do likewise to Stafford, the only other Commonwealth District team without a league loss.

Stafford's schedule is back-loaded with the Chargers, Brooke Point, Potomac and North Stafford. The Indians' three conquered opponents have just two wins among them.

"This is going to be a big challenge for us," said Stafford Coach Roger Pierce, whose team lost, 43-7, to the Chargers last season. The Indians' lone score came on a 53-yard touchdown run by Dural Dawson, who carried 20 times for 166 yards.

Stonewall Jackson (1-4, 0-1) at Osbourn (1-4, 0-2) The beauty of playing twice a season is that you can exact revenge against the same guys you lost to, not some modified version of the opponent the next season.

Both Stonewall and Osbourn have taken advantage of that. Since they began playing twice a season in 1996, neither has swept.

That might come as good news to Stonewall, which lost to the Eagles, 19-0, a month ago. This is the game that will count in the Cardinal District standings.

Both teams have struggled offensively. Stonewall has scored just 42 points and has been shut out twice. Osbourn has scored just 44 points, including a total of 10 the past three games.

Osbourn won the early game last season, but Stonewall won the second meeting, 42-6. John Puvogel caught two touchdown passes that game.

Sherando (0-6, 0-2) at Brooke Point (3-2, 1-1) After playing four of its first five games on the road, Brooke Point is home the next three weeks before heading to Culpeper for a game that could be for a share of the Commonwealth District title.

Brooke Point has given up a touchdown or less in four of five games. Sherando has been outscored 219-86 by teams with a combined 28-5 record.

The teams did not play last season.

North Stafford (4-1) at Osbourn Park (1-4) This nondistrict Saturday afternoon game, the teams' first meeting since 1995, will match the no-huddle of North Stafford against the ball control of Osbourn Park. As North Stafford Coach Chris Beatty points out, the Yellow Jackets are probably encouraged by last week's game film of Culpeper running all over the formerly ranked Wolverines.

"They probably look forward to playing us," Beatty said.

The ball-control style has kept Osbourn Park in games, but the Yellow Jackets have been unable to squeeze out district wins against Hylton and Woodbridge in 21-7 and 20-9 losses, respectively.

Since a 34-0 win over Broad Run in the season opener, Osbourn Park has scored just 28 points.

Manassas Park (4-1) at Colonial Beach (2-2) These are teams that have turned around their fortunes this season. Manassas Park is off to a rousing start, having beaten annual bully Strasburg last week. The Cougars' only loss has been to King George (4-1).

Colonial Beach, after 13 consecutive losses, has won its past two games, beating Chincoteague, 34-6, and Massanutten Military Academy, 36-6. All 274 of the Drifters' yards last week came on the ground, including 120 by sophomore Jon Loehe, who scored two touchdowns in each of the wins.

In this nondistrict game last year, Manassas Park beat Colonial Beach, 48-12, thanks in part to one of the finest rushing performances of the season--James Fitchett needed just seven carries to total 222 yards. Fitchett is out with an injury this season.

Quantico (2-4) at Christchurch (0-3) Each team enters the game on a three-game losing streak. Quantico has dropped games the past three weeks to Virginia Beach Catholic (37-0), Randolph-Macon (48-14) and George Mason (36-26).

Christchurch, which is southeast of Richmond, is led by running back Zach Harvey and quarterback Renard Stevens, both juniors.

The teams did not meet last season.

STANDINGS

Cardinal District

Dist.

Over.

W-L

W-L

PF

PA

Hylton

2-0

5-0

124

56

Potomac

2-0

3-2

74

57

Gar-Field

1-0

4-1

93

28

Woodbridge

1-1

2-4

117

122

Stonewall

0-1

1-4

42

155

Osbourn

0-2

1-4

44

96

Osbourn Park

0-2

1-4

62

74

Bull Run District

Dist.

Over.

W-L

W-L

PF

PA

Manassas Park

1-0

4-1

146

88

Brentsville

0-0

4-1

114

71

George Mason

0-0

3-2

139

81

Madison County

0-0

2-3

107

140

Clarke County

0-0

0-5

33

189

Strasburg

0-1

3-2

101

69

Commonwealth District

Dist.

Over.

W-L

W-L

PF

PA

Culpeper

2-0

6-0

216

115

Stafford

2-0

3-2

91

85

North Stafford

1-1

4-1

135

69

Brooke Point

1-1

3-2

60

38

Fauquier

0-1

2-3

49

90

James Wood

0-1

1-4

63

129

Sherando

0-2

0-6

86

219

Season Leaders

Rushing

School

Gms.

Att.

Yds.

TD

Nick Bertrand

Manassas Park

5

83

679

7

Larry Smith

Brooke Point

5

94

586

4

Allen Woodbridge

North Stafford

5

78

530

4

Larry Atkinson

Gar-Field

4

41

524

4

Rico Lloyd

Potomac

5

74

484

4

Dural Dawson

Stafford

5

61

442

3

Belart LaRochelle

Osbourn

5

81

419

1

Jamar Atkinson

Gar-Field

5

58

389

4

D.J. Walton

Hylton

5

38

372

8

Passing

School

Gms.

Comp.

Att.

Int.

Yds.

TD

Chris Ashinhurst

North Stafford

5

107

182

7

1,293

8

Abey Malave

Woodbridge

4

43

98

4

610

6

B.J. Treuting

Manassas Park

5

28

66

1

600

6

Kenny Irby

Hylton

5

19

34

1

532

6

Dan Rosinski

Stonewall

5

16

43

3

320

3

Ryan S. Smith

Gar-Field

5

23

54

3

307

4

Receiving

School

Gms.

Rec.

Yds.

TD

Nate Ilaoa

North Stafford

5

36

454

1

Paris Edwards

North Stafford

5

28

235

2

Lamar Lane

Woodbridge

5

20

266

5

Allen Woodbridge

North Stafford

5

12

146

3

Terron Williams

Potomac

5

12

120

2

Josh Baldwin

North Stafford

3

12

117

1

George Preston

Woodbridge

5

11

217

3

Tim Bucher

North Stafford

3

11

140

0

Walter Newman

Manassas Park

5

10

337

2

John Puvogel

Stonewall

5

10

257

3

This Week's Games

Friday

Culpeper at Stafford, 7:30

Sherando at Brooke Point, 7:30

Manassas Park at Colonial Beach, 7:30

Saturday

North Stafford at Osbourn Park, 1:30

Quantico at Christchurch, 3

Brentsville at Clarke County, 6

Stonewall Jackson at Osbourn, 7:30

Woodbridge at Hylton, 7:30

Gar-Field at Potomac, 7:30

Game of the Week

Gar-Field (4-1, 1-0)

at Potomac (3-2, 2-0)

This game, set for Saturday night, has the makings of being an unofficial Cardinal District semifinal. Other than front-runner Hylton, these are the only Cardinal teams without a district loss.

"If you can win this game," Potomac Coach Keith King said, "you give yourself a legitimate chance at playing for the district championship."

Gar-Field plays Hylton in Week 8; Potomac meets the Bulldogs in the season finale.

One Potomac concern is whether senior running back Rico Lloyd will be able to play effectively--or at all--on an ankle he injured last week in a 19-0 win over Osbourn.

King said Lloyd (484 yards) was on crutches Monday but that he could possibly be ready come Saturday. With Lloyd out against Osbourn, sophomore Gary Price gained 120 yards.

The game boils down to Potomac's defensive speed vs. Gar-Field's girth and prolific rushing game, spearheaded by senior Larry Atkinson (524 yards) and stiff-arming sophomore Jamar Atkinson (389 yards). The Panthers have not allowed a point in six quarters. "This is probably the first team we've played that has more speed than we do," Gar-Field Coach Tony Labozzetta said. "You can simulate a lot of things in practice, but not speed. I don't know how our kids are going to respond to their speed."

King has been concerned about his defenders finishing off tackles after making initial hits and his offense frittering away scoring opportunities, one reason the Panthers' games have been close. They have scored no more than 21 points in a game this season and have given up no more than 21 points in a game.

Gar-Field has been even stingier, giving up an area-low 28 points through five games, while the offense, with several new components, has matured. One of those newcomers is sophomore quarterback Ryan S. Smith, who has thrown for four touchdowns. "What he's getting better at now is staying within himself," Labozzetta said. "He understands we don't need him to win games for us right now. We just need him to execute."

Potomac beat Gar-Field, 13-10, last season to mar the Indians' homecoming. Gar-Field tightened the game in the fourth quarter by setting up their lone touchdown off a blocked punt. Then, with just more than two minutes left and the Panthers facing fourth and short, Gar-Field's Joe Blount returned a fumble 67 yards to the 3-yard line. But a clipping infraction brought the ball back to the Indians' 30, essentially a 67-yard penalty.

Potomac has beaten Gar-Field the past two seasons, but the Indians won all six games between 1991 and '96.