Perhaps the best question to ask before the start of Week 2: Does any team have a more difficult opening stretch than Annandale? The Atoms opened at defending Virginia AAA champion and No. 7 Westfield, and this week must play at No. 3 Centreville.
Annandale (0-1) at No. 3 Centreville (1-0)
The Centreville football team's defense will have to switch gears quickly this week.
After playing against West Springfield's wide-open five-receiver set, the Wildcats will face Annandale, which has a more traditional high school offense featuring the option.
"They're more of a physical, come-at-you type of team," said Centreville Coach Mike Skinner.
While the West Springfield and Annandale offenses will present much different looks, there is more in the Wildcats' favor this week.
"The nice thing is, to play a five-wide set, you have to get out of something normal you do," Skinner said. "Against Annandale, you can just play your defense and hope it works."
Not that it will be easy. The Atoms took seventh-ranked Westfield, last year's Virginia AAA champ, to the wire last week, scoring in the fourth quarter to pull within two before falling, 26-24. Annandale sophomore quarterback Nathan Cartegena had a great first week, rushing for 83 yards on 18 carries and completing six of 10 passes for 128 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
"They scored 24 points on Westfield, and Westfield is the defending state champ," Skinner said. "Any time you can do that and play Westfield as tight as they did, that's a quality team. They're good on offense, and they've got some good weapons."
W.T. Woodson (1-0) at Edison (1-0)
Both teams opened the regular season with impressive victories. Woodson, in its first game under new coach Gerry Pannoni, routed Stuart, 62-0. Edison, meanwhile, edged Chantilly, 20-16, behind 91 yards rushing and two touchdowns from running back Kevin Roberts.
Marshall (0-1) at Stuart (0-1)
Perhaps the best chance for Marshall to end the Northern Region's longest losing streak, now at 19 straight games after the Statesmen lost their season opener to Falls Church, 47-7.
The Rest of the Schedule
Chantilly at Robinson, 7:30
Falls Church at Madison, 7:30
Herndon at South Lakes, 7:30
Langley at Jefferson, 7:30
Lee at Hayfield, 7:30
McLean at Wakefield, 7:30
Mount Vernon at West Potomac, 7:30
Oakton at Fairfax, 7:30
West Springfield at Washington-Lee, 7:30
Westfield at Lake Braddock, 7:30
Yorktown at T.C. Williams, 1