* Woodbridge leads Culpeper, 20-9, with 8 1/2 minutes to play in both teams' season openers. The Blue Devils, however, storm back behind quarterback Mike Jenkins to win, 21-20, en route to an undefeated season and a Division 5 state title. Woodbridge, headed for its second consecutive 4-6 season, also would lose to Division 6 state champion Hylton and Maryland 4A state titlist Eleanor Roosevelt.
* In a battle of eventual Northwestern Region Division 6 semifinalists, Gar-Field place kicker Scott Gvozdas hits a 46-yard field goal with about four minutes to play as the Indians nip George Washington-Danville, 9-7.
"All I wanted was another chance, and I got one."
--Gar-Field place kicker Scott Gvozdas
* North Stafford quarterback Chris Ashinhurst kicks off what will become a record-setting season with 270 yards passing and four touchdowns in a 44-6 rout of Stonewall Jackson in the season opener for both teams.
* Senior Mike Chorzempa's 75-yard interception return for a touchdown leads Brooke Point to a 14-3 victory over perennial Virginia AA playoff team Spotsylvania, a fitting start for what would become a dominating defensive unit. The Black-Hawks would give up only 73 points in the season.
* Colonial Forge loses its first varsity game, 58-3, to Forestville, Md. On the plus side, the Eagles are called for no penalties. Colonial Forge would play two more varsity games, both losses, before finishing with seven wins against junior varsity opponents.
* Quarterback B.J. Treuting hits Brett Jenkins with a 13-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the game to give Manassas Park a 35-32 victory over Luray.
"I told them to put it in their memory banks. We'll pull it out when we need it."
--Colonial Forge Coach Karl Buckwalter
* Keith King's first coaching victory at Potomac is an exciting one, as the visiting Panthers beat Brooke Point, 21-14, on John Dominguez's 10-yard touchdown pass to Terron Williams in overtime. Potomac would go 5-0 on the year in road games, but 0-5 at home.
* Another new coach getting his first win is Osbourn's Randy Bove, whose Eagles blank Stonewall Jackson, 19-0, in a nondistrict game. After several years of Cardinal teams' playing each other twice in one year, this is the only such matchup in 1999.
* No. 2 Hylton wins its 18th straight game, 30-6, against No. 20 Friendly, the 1998 Maryland 3A champion.
"Anybody could score from the 10-yard line. Heck, we could line up against Nebraska and get lucky for 10 yards. That's what's so hard about the game."
--Osbourn Park Coach Mike Feldman, on his
team's 13-12 loss to Stafford, which scored one
touchdown on a blocked punt and needed
to travel only 10 yards for its other score
* Manassas Park, like Brentsville off to a 3-0 start, loses its first game of the season, 21-14, at King George, despite 213 yards rushing by junior running back Nick Bertrand.
* No. 2 Hylton wins its 19th straight game, 19-14, against No. 11 Dunbar, the 1998 D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion.
* Paris Edwards's 60-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter is the difference as North Stafford escapes against Brooke Point at home, 7-0.
* The Atkinson brothers--Larry (213 yards) and Jamar (70)--score two touchdowns apiece as Gar-Field rebounds from its first loss of the season with a 26-7 win over Osbourn. Larry and Jamar would finish the season with totals of nearly 2,000 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns.
* Brentsville running back Greg Faith scores on a two-yard run with 10 seconds left as the Tigers improve to 4-0 with an 18-14 win against visiting Ireton.
"Everyone just got goose bumps. It was a great feeling that we could come back after all that."
--Brentsville running back Greg Faith
* No. 13 North Stafford falls flat in its much-anticipated matchup with Culpeper, 49-28, the Wolverines' first loss of the season.
* Ryan Smith throws a pair of touchdown passes to brother Justin, and Larry and Jamar Atkinson combine for 302 yards rushing as Gar-Field spoils Chantilly's homecoming, 17-0.
* Senior quarterbacks on the mark: Kenny Irby connects on all seven of his passing attempts as No. 2 Hylton wins its 21st straight game, 35-14 at Stonewall Jackson. And B.J. Treuting hits on 11 of 15 passes as Manassas Park beats Strasburg for the first time in the 1990s, 22-14.
* Stafford forces six turnovers and improves to 3-2 with a 26-17 victory over Sherando. It would be the high-water mark of the season for the Indians, who would drop their final five games.
"The past two years they really beat the snot out of us. I'm hoping everybody looks at us not like the old Manassas Park, but the Manassas Park that shows up and plays football every game."
--Manassas Park quarterback B.J. Treuting
* North Stafford junior wide receiver Nate Ilaoa scores on a 76-yard kickoff return and 98-yard pass play as the Wolverines score 33 points in the first half and hold on for a 33-20 win at Osbourn Park. Ilaoa's penchant for big yardage would land him in the record book by year's end.
* Gar-Field wins at Potomac, 20-13, the Indians' first overtime game since 1992. Gar-Field would then play two more overtime games in the next three weeks.
* Woodbridge's George Preston returns the opening kickoff against No. 2 Hylton for a touchdown, the first time in two seasons a Cardinal team has taken the lead against the Bulldogs. Hylton wins, 31-6.
"He must have 19,000 on his SATs because that's one smart sucker back there."
--Osbourn Park Coach Mike Feldman on North Stafford quarterback Chris Ashinhurst
* Osbourn Park travels to Potomac and posts its second 34-0 victory of the season--and second win overall--but this one might be the stunner of the year. Potomac, a playoff team in 1998, had come into the game--the Panthers' homecoming--thinking a return trip to the postseason was within its reach. The Yellow Jackets opened the season with a 34-0 win at Broad Run.
* Hylton defensive back Delondre Simpson returns two interceptions for touchdowns as the second-ranked Bulldogs stop Oakton, 31-9.
* North Stafford place kicker Jeremey Bosken kicks a 53-yard field goal on the last play of the first half in a 38-14 win at Fauquier. Nate Ilaoa has 194 yards receiving, more than half of quarterback Chris Ashinhurst's total of 377.
* More than 24 hours after the game started, Hylton place kicker Andy Wilfong's extra point in overtime gives the second-ranked Bulldogs a 17-16 victory over No. 18 Gar-Field, the top two teams in the Cardinal District. The Indians were ahead, 7-0, with just under eight minutes left in the first quarter when lightning forced the postponement of the Friday game to Saturday night.
* Osbourn Park quarterback Frankie Hogan, who played for Osbourn in 1998, scores the game's only touchdown as his new team beats his old team, 10-3.
* Brentsville, unlike Manassas Park, is unable to break its losing streak against Strasburg, falling, 29-19, at home. The streak dates to the early 1980s. Manassas Park ended a decade-long drought against Strasburg in Week 6.
* Brooke Point's Larry Smith rushed for 301 yards and five touchdowns in the Black-Hawks' 42-0 pounding of James Wood. Smith, who replaced 1998 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Daniel Davis, will wind up leading the area in rushing.
* Brooke Point's playoff hopes wane as Culpeper scores on a late touchdown pass to beat the visiting Black-Hawks, 14-7.
* Osbourn Park comes tantalizingly close to its first three-game winning streak since 1993 (the team had to forfeit four straight wins in 1997), only to lose in the third round of overtime, 24-17, at Gar-Field.
* Woodbridge defeats Stonewall Jackson, 27-7, in a game pitting two programs that have struggled in recent seasons. At least one of the two went to the playoffs every year from 1990 to 1997, a streak that was snapped last year.
"Ronald Curry was a senior my sophomore year, and whenever anyone would say something about him, I'd say, 'Whoa, that's the best quarterback ever.' To be mentioned in the same sentence as him is definitely an honor."
--North Stafford quarterback Chris
Ashinhurst, after breaking Curry's
Virginia AAA single-season passing yardage
record in a 56-21 win over James Wood
* With starting quarterback Chris Jenkins sidelined with a head injury, Brentsville backup Justin Waddle leads a 26-6 victory over Bull Run rival Manassas Park, who will miss the playoffs despite a 7-3 record.
* The Brothers Atkinson combine for more than 400 yards rushing--Jamar gains 265 and Larry, 143--as Gar-Field routs rival Woodbridge, 42-20.
"I pretty much didn't think about the playoffs. I thought about Manassas Park."
--Brentsville quarterback Justin Waddle
* Brentsville senior running back Justin Thomas rushes for 131 yards and four touchdowns and adds 138 yards receiving to lead the Tigers to a 39-21 win over Buckingham in a Region B Division 2 semifinal.
* No. 2 Hylton pitches its first shutout of the season, 20-0 against No. 16 Gar-Field, which had taken the Bulldogs to overtime three weeks earlier. Hylton advances to the Northwestern Region Division 6 final.
* North Stafford advances to play Hylton with a 23-21 victory on the road against George Washington-Danville on a night when the offense struggles. Still, Wolverines quarterback Chris Ashinhurst's 147 yards passing make him Virginia's all-time single-season passing leader. His 3,054 yards surpass Handley's Brian Partlow's total of 3,014 in 1994. North Stafford wide receiver Nate Ilaoa's 45 yards receiving give him 1,235 for the year, a Virginia AAA record."I've been involved in college and pro games, and this is the most excited I've ever been."
--North Stafford Coach Chris Beatty
* No. 2 Hylton proves too much for No. 13 North Stafford's high-powered offense, ending the Wolverines' season with a 24-6 win in the Northwestern Region Division 6 final. Chris Ashinhurst ends his career as Virginia's single-season record holder for passing yardage (3,273) and completions (259).
* Brentsville and Madison County are tied at 6 headed into the fourth quarter of their Region B Division 2 final. But the Tigers run out of gas, falling to the eventual state champions, 27-12.
* With D.J. Walton rushing, receiving and returning kicks to the tune of nearly 300 combined yards, No. 2 Hylton steam-rolls Princess Anne, 38-13, in a Virginia AAA Division 6 semifinal.
* In a rematch of the 1998 Division 6 state championship game, No. 2 Hylton rallies from a 27-7 deficit to defeat Varina, 28-27, the Bulldogs' 30th straight victory. Senior Kenny Irby, the starter throughout the 30-game streak, hits Ahmad Brooks for a 30-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to put the Bulldogs ahead. They are the first Prince William team to win consecutive state championships.
"Two weeks ago I started getting excited about next year. I don't know what's wrong with me."
--Hylton Coach Bill Brown, moments
after Hylton won its second straight