* What: Region B Division 2 semifinal.
* When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
* Records: Central (7-3), Brentsville (8-2).
* Outlook: Central has been in the state playoffs for 25 consecutive years and won state titles in 1980, 1986, 1987 and 1992. Coach Chip Chappell ranks among the state's top 10 in career coaching wins. Coincidentally, Brentsville this season has defeated teams coached by two others on that all-time list -- Madison County's Eddie Dean and Strasburg's Glenn Proctor.
Central, like Brentsville, favors the ground game. Running out of the T-formation, six backs have totaled between 33 and 67 rushing attempts this season, with yard-per-carry averages ranging from 6.6 to 8.2 yards. The top two backs, junior Tramaine Fowlkes and senior Ronteyvous Smith, have rushed for less than 500 yards apiece. Fowlkes, also a linebacker, was defensive player of the year in the James River District.
Before this fall, Brentsville had reached the playoffs in four of six seasons but only once during that span did they enter with a winning record. This time, the Tigers are 8-2 and coming off a 38-7 win over Clarke County in the season finale.
At William Campbell
* What: Region B Division 1 final.
* When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
* Records: Manassas Park (10-1), William Campbell (11-0).
* Outlook: William Campbell, located south of Lynchburg in Naruna, returns to the region championship after a semifinal win over Strasburg, the team that eliminated the Generals in the region title game last season.
While Manassas Park has gained a reputation for its offensive prowess, William Campbell likely would welcome a shootout. The 28 points scored last week against Strasburg was the Generals' lowest total of the season; they averaged 53.9 ppg going into that game and won every game by 35 or more until a season finale overtime victory against Gretna.
Campbell plays in the Dogwood District, which includes four AA schools as well as three A schools, and the Generals' conquests include playoff qualifiers Buckingham County, Central-Lunenburg, Gretna and Nelson County. The latter two are AA teams.
Senior quarterback Shea Boyd has topped 2,000 passing yards each of the past three seasons and is 27-7 as a starter. He has 2,193 passing yards and 933 rushing this season. Junior running back Cedric Peerman, a player Coach Brad Bradley considers a Division I talent, has rushed for 1,501 yards. Senior Vernon Vassal has 48 catches for 897 yards. Senior end Junior Owen was defensive player of the year in the district.
-- Preston Williams