Loudoun Valley (5-3, 3-2) at Park View (7-1, 4-1)
When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Park View's big defensive front against the speedy -- and constantly improving -- Stephen Sheehan.
Sheehan, in his first season at quarterback after moving from wide receiver, leads the Vikings in both rushing and passing.
"As we've evolved offensively, Stephen has ended up being at the forefront of everything we do," Loudoun Valley Coach Bruce Sheppard said. "He's ended up being exactly what we expected him to be, which is also our best running back. He's good in space, he's elusive, and he runs hard."
Sheehan has totaled 718 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground and 441 yards and two more scores through the air.
Park View Coach Charlie Pierce needs a reminder of neither. He was in the stands Friday and watched Sheehan rack up 72 yards rushing during the first half of a loss to Stone Bridge, which ranks second defensively in points allowed behind the Patriots.
"That first half, especially, he was hard for Stone Bridge to contain," Pierce said. "It's going to be interesting to see what happens between their offensive line and our defensive line given us being a bigger, more physical team and them being quicker."
Outlook: Park View, despite its narrow loss to Stone Bridge earlier this season, is statistically the most dominant team in the AA Dulles District. The Patriots have scored 301 points this season, an average of 37.6 points per game. They have conceded 99, for an average of 12.4. Both totals rank as tops among all league teams.
Sophomore tailback Deric Dudinski has rushed for a league-best 1,391 yards and 16 touchdowns this season behind a massive offensive line that Pierce says is the best he has coached. That group is comprises of senior center Tim Shirah, senior guards Donny Smith and Michael Bornarth and senior tackles Mac Oul and Eric Stanley. Also instrumental in protection have been senior tight end Patrick Nolen and junior Joey Stefanacci, who returned last week from a concussion against Stone Bridge.
"Since I've been at Park View, this is by far the most potent offense we've had since my first year when we went to the state championship game," Pierce said. "No one has really stopped our run [game] this year, and that's a credit not only to our backs but also to our line. Everything we do is predicated on the run. We're not a drop-back passing team. But we're running the ball so well that it allows us, when people crowd the box, to go play-action."
Senior quarterback Steve Blankenship has completed 39 of 84 passes for 761 yards with six touchdowns and only one interception.
On the other side is a Loudoun Valley team that suffered its first non-overtime loss of the year last week to Stone Bridge (the Vikings lost in overtime to Handley and Broad Run). Loudoun Valley ranks third in the district in points scored (216) and points allowed (119).