7:30 p.m. Friday
How They Got Here
Madison, the AAA Liberty District runner-up, was the last team to make the playoff cut, jumping over Yorktown and Jefferson in the Virginia High School League point system in the final weeks of the season. The Warhawks dropped three regular season games -- the season opener to Oakton (35-14), then to Stone Bridge (15-7 in overtime) and Chantilly (20-14). Madison averages 21.7 points per game and yields an average of 12.1 points per game.
Stone Bridge won the Liberty District in its first season in Class AAA and earned the region's top seed, falling only to Division 6 Oakton, 28-6, on Sept. 16. The Bulldogs have rattled off eight consecutive victories since, including besting Langley and Madison in overtime in back-to-back weeks. Stone Bridge averages 22.7 points per game and yields 13.9 points per game.
Madison running backs Justin Duncan and Aaron Lambert vs. Stone Bridge's defensive front of Jeff Brown, Deandre Burnette, Nate Hawkins, Andrew Holoman, Kyle Jones and Andrew Nuss.
Stone Bridge prefers to play a 3-5 defensive front but will stack the line of scrimmage against Madison. Duncan and Lambert have combined for 1,647 yards and 16 touchdowns this season in a ball-control offense that frequently runs off-tackle and focuses on picking up four or five yards per play. In their first meeting, Stone Bridge yielded an early 80-yard touchdown run by Lambert but did a fine job containing the pair afterward, conceding 51 yards rushing to them the rest of the game.
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. Stone Bridge, as the No. 1 seed, will have home-field advantage throughout if it wins. Madison, as the No. 4 seed, would travel to face the Edison-Loudoun Valley winner if it advances.
-- ANGELA WATTS