Potomac Falls (3-2, 1-1) at Loudoun Valley (3-2, 0-2)

Friday, 7:30.

First meeting.

Key for the Panthers: Hold on to the ball. In Friday's 31-12 loss to Loudoun County, Potomac Falls committed four turnovers, which led to three Raiders touchdowns.

Key for the Vikings: Stop the Panthers' running game. Loudoun County did--yielding three yards on 19 carries Friday--and Potomac Falls struggled.

Notable: Loudoun Valley senior fullback Ben Cross did not play in the second half of Friday's 30-15 loss at Liberty because of what was originally thought to be a concussion. Instead, it turned out Cross had an allergic reaction to a new medication he was taking. "His symptoms were just like a concussion," Loudoun Valley Coach Mike Barton said Monday. "He couldn't remember things; he couldn't focus; he was dizzy; and he was sick to his stomach. We assumed that he got hit, so we held him out of the second half." Cross will play this week, which is good news for the banged-up Vikings. Loudoun Valley junior running back B.J. Strother filled in nicely for Cross against Liberty, until he sprained his ankle late in the game. Junior Greg Carlson, who leads the team in catches, has bruised ribs, and senior offensive lineman Steve Dellinger is out with an injured ankle.

Handley (4-1, 1-1) at Liberty (1-4, 1-1)

Friday, 7:30.

Last meeting: Oct. 10, 1998. Liberty won, 31-15.

Key for the Eagles: Contain Handley senior quarterback Lang Campbell. Campbell threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 42-17 loss to Park View and also ran for 41 yards. But the Patriots pressured Campbell into throwing two second-half interceptions, and Liberty Coach Joe Trabucco is hoping his Eagles do the same. "We'll get after him," Trabucco said. "I don't know any other way to stop him."

Notable: Liberty is the only team in the Northwestern District that has a winning record in its overall series against Handley. The Eagles have won four of the teams' five meetings.

Warren County (2-3, 0-2) at Park View (5-0, 2-0)

Friday, 7:30.

Last meeting: Oct. 6, 1995. Park View won, 38-6.

Key for the Patriots: Contain Warren County senior tailback Travis Diamond. Park View's defense has yet to give up a rushing touchdown this season, but Diamond--who rushed for 106 yards in Friday's 14-13 loss to Broad Run--has game-breaking abilities and is complemented by senior fullback Brad Keller.

Notable: Senior offensive lineman Andy Skinner, who sprained his knee against Liberty Sept. 24 and was not expected to play against Handley Saturday, did play against the Judges. Junior offensive lineman Brad Sisson, however, missed Saturday's game with a sprained ankle, which he suffered at a concert. Sisson is questionable for tomorrow.

Fauquier (2-3, 0-1) at James Wood (1-4, 0-1)

Friday, 7:30.

Last meeting: Oct. 17, 1998. Fauquier won, 14-7.

Key for the Falcons: Continue to play good defense. "If we continue to play defense like we did [against Brooke Point in a 12-7 loss Friday], that will keep us in games," Coach Tom Ferrell said. "But we need to start taking advantage of our opportunities offensively."

Notable: James Wood and Fauquier were members of the Group AA Northwestern District last year but have since moved up to Group AAA Commonwealth District. . . . Fauquier has won its past three meetings with James Wood.

Broad Run (2-3, 1-1) at Loudoun County (4-1, 2-0)

Saturday, 12:30.

Last meeting: Sept. 29, 1995. Loudoun County won, 37-21.

Key for the Spartans: Find a way to move the ball on the ground. "Very few teams have been able to do that against Loudoun County," Broad Run Coach Ken Belchik said. "But we need to move the ball and keep our defense off the field." The Spartans' running game was bolstered by the return of junior Jacob Davis, who had been out with a sprained ankle. Davis rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 14-13 win at Warren County.

Key for the Raiders: Contain Broad Run junior quarterback Matt Gordy. "He's a scrappy player," Loudoun County Coach Pat McManus said. "He can hurt you with the run or the pass." The Raiders defense has held opposing offenses to a total of 339 yards rushing in five games (67.8 yards per game).

Notable: Belchik and McManus were football teammates at Shepherd College during the late 1970s; Belchik was the team's quarterback, and McManus was a tight end. Belchik was an assistant coach at Loudoun County under McManus for four years before becoming the Broad Run coach in 1998.

UPCOMING GAMES

Friday

AA Northwestern District

Handley at Liberty, 7:30

Potomac Falls at Loudoun Valley, 7:30

Warren County at Park View, 7:30

AAA Commonwealth District

Fauquier at James Wood, 7:30

Culpeper at Stafford, 7:30

Sherando at Brooke Point, 7:30

Saturday

AA Northwestern District

Broad Run at Loudoun County, 12:30

AAA Commonwealth District

North Stafford at Osbourn Park, 2

UNSUNG HERO

LB Chris Lentz, Soph., Broad Run, vs. Warren County: His interception with 40 seconds left in Friday's game at Warren County ended a Wildcat drive and sealed the Spartans' 14-13 victory.

SEASON LEADERS

RUSHING

Name

School

Gms.

Att.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Ben Cross

Loudoun Valley

5

108

808

7.5

11

Chris Geaneas

Loudoun County

5

114

500

4.4

6

Nelson Stickley

Park View

4

68

447

6.6

6

Eric Bailey

Fauquier

5

87

442

5.1

0

Nick Smith

Park View

5

59

354

6.0

7

PASSING

Name

School

Gms.

Comp.

Att.

Int.

Yds.

TD

Nick Smith

Park View

5

32

48

0

542

7

Jason Treon

Potomac Falls

5

24

50

2

507

7

Kurt Iverson

Liberty

5

26

69

5

362

4

Grant Harris

Loudoun County

5

15

35

3

219

0

Anthony Long

Loudoun Valley

5

9

27

3

193

2

RECEIVING

Name

School

Gms.

Rec.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Zack Veselick

Potomac Falls

5

12

208

17.3

5

Joe Larson

Park View

5

10

159

15.9

0

Charles Ramey

Park View

5

9

113

12.5

2

Matt Childress

Liberty

5

8

124

15.5

2

Greg Carlson

Loudoun Valley

5

6

140

23.3

1

BY THE NUMBERS

0

Interceptions thrown by Park View junior quarterback Nick Smith in five games.

2

Interceptions made by Smith, who also plays defensive back, in five games.

66.7

Completion percentage for Smith (32 for 48).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

AA Northwestern District

Park View 42, Handley 17

Liberty 30, Loudoun Valley 15

Loudoun County 31, Potomac Falls 12

Broad Run 14, Warren County 13

AAA Commonwealth District

Brooke Point 12, Fauquier 7

Culpeper 49, North Stafford 28

Stafford 27, Sherando 17

ON THE BOARD

Last week's top performances

RUSHING: Nelson Stickley, Park View, Sr., vs. Handley: 26 carries for 175 yards and 2 TDs.

PASSING: Jason Treon, Potomac Falls, Jr., vs. Loudoun County: completed 7 of 17 passes for 194 yards and 2 TDs.

RECEIVING: Tommy Edwards, Potomac Falls, Sr., vs. Loudoun County: caught two passes for 102 yards and 1 TD.