Virginia AA Division 4 Region II Final
Charlottesville at Park View, Saturday, 1:30
No. 5 Park View Patriots
Coach: Mickey Thompson, 10th year.
Record: 11-0 overall. Virginia AA Northwestern District champion.
Last week: Defeated visiting Loudoun County, 37-21, in a AA Division 4 region semifinal.
Notes: Park View is ranked No. 5 in the Washington Post poll and has amassed a school-record 451 points. . . . The Patriots don't have a good history against Charlottesville in the playoffs; they fell to the Black Knights in the first round in both 1987 and 1994.
Aug. 27: Sherando, W, 48-0
Sept. 10: at Courtland, W, 56-0
Sept. 18: at Osbourn, W, 25-3
Sept. 24: Liberty, W, 41-0
Oct. 2: at Handley, W, 42-17
Oct. 8: Warren County, W, 42-6
Oct. 15: at Potomac Falls, W, 41-0
Oct. 22: Loudoun Valley, W, 35-0
Oct. 29: at Loudoun County, W, 35-7
Nov. 5: Broad Run, W, 49-7
Nov. 13: Loudoun County, W, 37-21
When Park View Has The Ball
Coach Mickey Thompson said his team doesn't plan on doing anything different against Charlottesville. That means junior quarterback Nick Smith will continue to be the focal point of the offense, whether he's running the ball or throwing it. Smith has thrown for 1,221 yards this season and rushed for 792 more. Senior Nelson Stickley also should get the ball often. He has 1,115 yards on 144 carries this season. Both Smith and Stickley have 13 rushing touchdowns. But the Patriots also have more weapons, like Dustin Dudinski, who has thrown, rushed and passed for touchdowns this season.
Charlottesville Black Knights
Coach: Garwin DeBerry, 20th season.
Record: 9-2. Jefferson District champions.
Last week: Defeated Orange County, 41-14, in a AA Division 4 region semifinal.
Notes: Charlottesville lost to Liberty in the first round last year. In 1996, the Black Knights were defeated by Loudoun County, also in the first round. . . . The farthest Charlottesville has advanced in the playoffs was the state semifinals in 1997.
Aug. 27: at Spotswood, L, 27-20
Sept. 3: Broadway, L, 20-18
Sept. 17: at James Monroe, W, 27-7
Sept. 24: Albemarle, W, 25-14
Oct. 1: at Fluvanna, W, 48-26
Oct. 8: Monticello, W, 21-0
Oct. 15: at William Monroe, W, 48-26
Oct. 22: Orange, W, 41-28
Oct. 29: at Louisa, W, 45-21
Nov. 5: Western Albemarle, W, 63-13
Nov. 12: Orange, W, 41-14
When Charlottesville Has The Ball
The Black Knights are a rushing team that runs a multiple-I offensive system. Don't expect them to pass the ball more than 10 times, if that. Senior tailback Terrell Mulford is the main threat, having rushed for 2,401 yards and 31 touchdowns on 302 carries this season. Charlottesville employs two quarterbacks, but when junior Rashard Brown gets under center it's fairly certain he's going to hand the ball off or run himself. When the Black Knights do elect to pass, junior Wayne Cabell will handle those duties. He has thrown 59 passes this season, completing 30 of them for 572 yards, 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
Offensive Players to Watch
Park View WR Charles Ramey--Sometimes Ramey gets lost in the shuffle with all the acclaim being directed at Smith, Stickley and Dudinsky. But Ramey is the team's leading receiver this season with 20 catches.
Park View FB Nelson Stickley--Last week the senior had a below-average game for him, with 49 yards rushing on 15 carries and a fumble. He also had a touchdown. Chances are Stickley wants to put that game behind him quickly.
Charlottesville QB/WR Rashard Brown--He has 391 yards and six touchdowns on 48 carries. When Cabell lines up at quarterback, Brown shifts to receiver--where he has caught 16 passes for 318 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensive Players to Watch
Park View DE Andrew Hoffman--It will be important for Hoffman to seal off the sweep to his side on first and second downs and hopefully for Park View forcing the Black Knights into a passing situation on third downs.
Charlottesville LBs Bobby Gibson and Mike Browning--A quick pair of players and good tacklers, which they have to be to succeed. Gibson is 5-10 and 180 pounds, Browning is only slightly bigger at 5-11 and 190 pounds.
Charlottesville DTs Simon Ward and Justin Miller--Another pair of small players for their position, Ward is 5-10 and 245 pounds, Miller is 5-11 and 235 pounds. But they make up for it with their agility.