7:30 p.m. Friday
How They Got Here
Edison's lone loss came at Loudoun Valley, 21-19, on Oct. 28. The Eagles, National District runner-up, beat the rest of their regular season opponents by an average of 33.5 points per game. The only time the Eagles were held to fewer than 28 points this season was in the loss to the Vikings.
Loudoun Valley also lost once, 17-14 at Stone Bridge on Sept. 23 in a game that was decided when the Bulldogs scored their final touchdown on a 44-yard pass play with 15 seconds remaining. The Vikings went unbeaten in the district in their first season in the AAA National District with an opportunistic offense that averaged 36.6 points per game and a stingy defense that yielded 8.3 points per outing. Loudoun Valley held six of its opponents to a touchdown or less.
Edison wide receiver Justin Smith vs. Loudoun Valley's secondary of defensive backs Kody Farr and J.D. Harkey and free safety Clyde Kessler.
Loudoun Valley got the better of Edison in their first meeting, but Smith got the better of the Vikings. The senior speedster hauled in 10 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns and was open behind the defense on several other plays when junior quarterback Shawn Lloyd failed to deliver the pass. Smith's big-play ability can be partially offset by the Vikings' ball-control offense, but he still must be contained.
The winner of this game will advance to the AAA Northern Region Division 5 championship game and compete for a berth in the state tournament. Loudoun Valley is the region's No. 2 seed, and Edison is seeded No. 3, so neither team would host the championship game unless fourth-seeded Madison defeats top seed Stone Bridge in the other semifinal.
-- ANGELA WATTS