When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty dominated last season's meetings on the way to an 11-1 record. Not only did Liberty outscore Fauquier (4-6 last year) by a combined total of 90-7, but it limited the Falcons to 89 yards of total offense in the first game, 88 in the rematch.

With 14 starters returning at Liberty, compared with eight at Fauquier, it would seem the Falcons will have to overachieve to keep this one competitive. But Eagles Coach Tommy Buzzo isn't quite so convinced. Liberty was sloppy in last week's preseason scrimmage loss to Massaponax, committing six turnovers.

"We have all the pieces to the puzzle, we're just not meshing right now," Buzzo said. "We have to have a great week of practice before going out there against Fauquier."

The Falcons must get healthy. Though the season has yet to start, already RB-DBs J.R. Byrd (concussion) and Chris Douglas (hamstring) and lineman Derek Clegg (ankle) have missed practices.

Fauquier must also find a way to slow Liberty's vaunted rushing attack, which will be led by senior Justin Carrington. In the teams' two meetings last season, Carrington had more yards rushing -- 174 yards combined -- than the entire Falcon team.

"We know we've got our work cut out for us," Fauquier Coach Tom Ferrell said. "But we'll give it our best shot."


When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Dominion is one of only two varsity teams that Battlefield, a first-year school in Prince William County with no senior class, will play before dropping to a junior varsity schedule. The Titans, in just their second season, look to improve on last year's 2-8 finish behind the powerful running of senior C.J. Reaves (4.2 ypg in 2003).


When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Millbrook defeated Heritage, 5-0, in last year's season-opener. The Pride had four first downs in the loss. But with 18 starters returning, including nine on offense, Heritage should be better this season.


When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: This game will mark senior Stephen Sheehan's debut at quarterback; he moved over from wide receiver to replace his recently graduated older brother, John. No doubt he hopes to find the same kind of success that his brother did against James Wood a year ago, when he threw three touchdown passes in a 30-0 shutout.


When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Raiders have defeated the Applemen in two consecutive season-openers, including last year's 14-11 win. Loudoun County's defense, which has seven starters back, yielded 138 total yards to Musselman a year ago and should again be led by LBs Dan Scanlan and Danny Slack.


When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Park View, which won five consecutive district titles from 1998 to 2002, looks to reassert itself as a league leader. The Patriots have 21 seniors, 12 returning starters and an offensive and defensive line that average 265 pounds. They will get an early test from a Fort Defiance team that advanced to last year's AA Region II Division 3 playoffs. These two teams did not meet last season.


When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Potomac Falls lost to Broadway, 10-0, in last year's season-opener, but it wasn't because the Panthers couldn't move the ball. Potomac Falls had 136 yards passing and 107 rushing, but were done in by two fumbles inside Broadway's 20-yard line. Potomac Falls standout Darren Bailey rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries in last year's game. This season, he and the rest of the Panthers will debut a wishbone offense.


When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Stone Bridge broke its streak of three straight season-opening losses last year in grand fashion, defeating Turner Ashby, 63-14. The Bulldogs had 541 yards of offense and set a school record for points scored in the game. Stone Bridge parlayed that victory into its first unbeaten regular season and advanced to the AA Division 4 semifinals.

-- Angela Watts

"We know we've got our work cut out for us," Fauquier Coach Tom Ferrell, right, said of his team's game against Liberty.