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Fauquier (2-4, 1-2) at James Wood (0-6, 0-3)

When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Falcons got back in the win column last week against Millbrook, but it didn't come without a price. Senior halfback Chris Douglas, who scored four touchdowns in the victory, sprained his left ankle and also suffered a bone bruise that probably will keep him sidelined for at least two weeks. Douglas leads the Falcons with 646 yards rushing and 283 receiving and 10 touchdowns. "It's been one heartbreak after another for us," said Fauquier Coach Tom Ferrell. "We've lost two games by three points, one game by one. Now we get a win but lose Chris. This is a great group of kids, though. They never quit, never give up. And I know they won't now." In Douglas's absence, senior J.R. Byrd (314 yards rushing) and sophomore Ian McNaughton will get more carries. Junior Andrew Glascock is also expected to replace junior outside linebacker Mike McCartin, who suffered an ankle injury against Millbrook.

Handley (4-2, 2-1) at No. 10 Liberty (6-0, 3-0)

When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty's first five opponents have a combined record of 7-23. The next three, including Sherando, Handley and Warren County, are a combined 12-6. That's a change -- and a challenge -- that the Eagles welcome. They should have their hands full this week, though, with Handley senior quarterback L.A. Anderson. Anderson, in his first season at quarterback after moving from wide receiver, has completed 62 of 123 attempts for 879 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has rushed for 427 yards and nine scores. He should prove a significant test for a defense led by linebacker Jeff Mathias (44 tackles, five for loss, two interceptions) and that is yielding 174.2 yards and 4.5 points a game.

Heritage (1-5, 0-3) at Park View (5-1, 2-1)

When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Park View's hard-fought, 27-24 victory over third-place Broad Run on Friday puts the Patriots largely in control of their playoff fate. To keep it that way, though, the Patriots know they cannot afford to slip against any of their four remaining opponents. As such, their postseason quest continues this week against a pass-heavy Heritage team (junior quarterback Bryan Brosnan has thrown for 893 yards) that has struggled at times to convert yardage into points. A bigger hurdle for the Pride has been keeping opponents out of the end zone. Heritage has conceded 181 points in six games, the second worst in the AA Dulles District. That doesn't bode well against a Park View team -- led by sophomore Deric Dudinski's 1,074 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns -- that is averaging a league-best 37.7 points.

Dominion (3-3, 0-3) at Loudoun Valley (4-2, 2-1)

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: Things haven't been easy this season for the Titans. In its second year, Dominion started 3-0 but subsequently struggled in its three district contests, being outscored by a combined 112-25 by Loudoun County, Park View and Potomac Falls. The Titans have been balanced offensively -- they have totaled 958 yards rushing and 725 passing -- but must do a better job capping their drives with scores. That won't prove an easy task against a Vikings defense that ranks among the area's best. Loudoun Valley, whose two losses came in overtime, relies much more on the run game, having totaled 1,300 yards rushing and 388 passing. Senior quarterback Stephen Sheehan (523 yards rushing, 385 passing) leads the team in both categories.

Loudoun County (1-5, 1-2) at Broad Run (4-2, 2-1)

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: Broad Run is still reeling from a narrow loss to Park View on Friday that dropped the Spartans into third place in the district. "It's been tough because we played hard, and we played well enough to win," said Coach Ken Belchik. "We just didn't." Broad Run will look to get back on the winning track this week against a Loudoun County team that is yielding an area-worst 33 points a game. Still, the Spartans must be careful not to overlook the Raiders, with senior Cameron Harris (15 catches, 308 yards) emerging as one of the area's top receiving threats for senior quarterback Grant Jones. Broad Run senior fullback-linebacker Andy Lawlor (763 yards rushing in 2003), who missed the first five games of the year with a broken right foot, played sparingly against Park View and should play more this week.