Key Matchup

Heritage senior QB Bryan Brosnan vs. Park View sophomore QB C.J. Leizear.

The area's two leading passers will square off at the Pride's homecoming game. While both coaches say they have placed an emphasis on being balanced, it seems likely Leizear (area-high 1,013 yards passing) and Brosnan (680 yards) will be asked to make big plays as AA Dulles District play begins.

"Last game we tried to just pound the ball and that's not our style, and we have to admit to that," Patriots Coach Andy Hill said. "But we need to establish some kind of running game early so we can open up our passing game and really be a balanced team."

Pride Coach Wes Driskill said his team has thrown a little more than it would have liked in the past few games as a result of playing from behind. He said he'd prefer that his team do a better job of establishing the run and control the tempo rather than be forced to adapt to its opponents' style of play.

"Bryan's done a great job for us, but we need to have balance running and passing so we can be in control of games a little more," Driskill said. "And that's going to be key in this one."

Both teams boast a bevy of talented receivers, including four players on each roster with at least six catches. Leading the pack are Park View senior Raymond Mends with 20 catches for 429 yards and 4 touchdowns and Heritage junior Quinn Tibbs, who has 14 catches for 210 yards and 3 scores.

At Stake

This game could go a long way toward determining this season's AA Dulles District champion.

Heritage, coming off a bye week, remains atop the district standings at 3-2 overall headed into district play. Those losses have come back-to-back to Handley and Loudoun County in a non-district game.

Park View is 1-4 and coming off a 55-35 loss at unbeaten Martinsburg (W.Va.) on Monday but is more than a little eager to jump into district play after what Hill called one of the toughest non-district schedules in Class AA across the state.

-- ANGELA WATTS