Park View 34, Stone Bridge 21
Considering solely on what happened on the field, this was a terrific game. Each team tried tricks -- Park View's first two plays from scrimmage featured the center and two backs lined up at the right hash mark with their eight teammates far to the left, and Stone Bridge offered a "jumbo" package with 340-pound senior Darryl McDowell in the backfield.
Eventually, though, Park View's deep brigade of backs overcame loss of junior Prince Lee with a separated left shoulder on the game's fourth play. Junior Earl Barnes turned the corner well and sprung through holes quickly for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Richard Brown rushed for 38 yards and caught a 29-yard scoring pass. Junior T.J. Disney wore down the Bulldogs in the second half with 45 of his 55 yards rushing. He sealed the victory with a fourth-quarter interception, and on the next play, ran for an 18-yard touchdown.
"It was hard," Barnes said of practicing indoors for the better part of two weeks. "Coach [Charlie Pierce] was telling us that practicing indoors we were like caged animals. [Sunday] it was time to let us out."
Loudoun County 23, Broad Run 7
The one thing that the break cannot disrupt is a game plan, and Loudoun County's approach remained consistent, with several runners sharing the load and wearing down the opponent. The Raiders scored the game's final nine points to pull away.
Senior Josh Asbhy rushed 10 times for 118 yards and a 60-yard third-quarter score to give Loudoun County a 20-7 edge. Junior Antonio Johnson had 11 carries for 99 yards and a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Sophomore Gil Veney gained 91 yards on five carries, including a 52-yard touchdown.
Loudoun Valley 14, Potomac Falls 7
The importance of contact in practice came to light early and often in Loudoun Valley's victory over Potomac Falls. With both teams abstaining from much of it in practice for two weeks, the level of play was not often sharp. Each team fumbled four times -- Potomac Falls lost three and Loudoun Valley two -- and players were able to break tackles. The teams combined for 83 yards of offense and four first downs in a scoreless second half.
"This reminded me a lot of our first game of the year against Jefferson," Vikings Coach Bruce Sheppard said. "I thought the tackling would be tough because that's hard to imitate. But the passing game, what can you do in a gym? Both teams said we're going to make you throw the football."
James Wood 3, Liberty 2
Liberty has held four of seven opponents to seven points or fewer, but the Eagles have just one victory in those games. James Wood was the most recent team to feel the Eagles' lash but still win.
Although the Eagles held James Wood to 114 yards of offense, the Liberty offense did not score on any of its four trips inside the Colonels' 20-yard line.
Liberty committed three turnovers and eight penalties, one of which led directly to James Wood's only points. As the Colonels missed a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter, Liberty was called for roughing the kicker, giving James Wood a first down. Later in the drive, the Colonels went ahead on a 22-yard field goal.
"There are just so many factors," Liberty Coach Tom Buzzo said, "but the main thing was that we just kept stopping ourselves. Most of it was timing."
Handley 28, Fauquier 17
Unlike Fauquier's two previous losses this season, the Falcons were not outplayed from the start at Handley. In fact, Fauquier led at halftime, 7-0, and by 17-14 with five minutes to play.
But the Falcons totaled fewer than 100 yards of offense in the second half, and their only touchdown after halftime came on an 85-yard kickoff return by junior Dwayne Foddrell. Handley turned two second-half interceptions into touchdowns on the subsequent drives.
-- Alan Goldenbach