Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
How They Got Here
Park View shared the AA Dulles District title with Heritage but won the league's automatic playoff berth by earning .8 more points in the Virginia High School League's rating system. The Patriots struggled through the first half of the season, losing four of their first five games to nondistrict opponents Jefferson (W. Va.), Loudoun Valley, Herndon and Martinsburg (W. Va.). But Park View reversed its fortunes in the second half the season, winning four of its next five games to advance to the playoffs.
Harrisonburg, the Valley District champion, went undefeated for the second consecutive regular season, earning the region's top seed when it defeated rival Robert E. Lee of Staunton, 21-17, last week. The Blue Streaks were the Virginia AA Division 4 runners-up a year ago, falling to Salem, 16-14, in the state title game.
Park View junior running back Deric Dudinski vs. Harrisonburg senior running back Andy Owah.
The Patriots have thrown the ball more than they have run it this season, a change from a year ago when Dudinski led the Dulles District with 1,627 yards and 17 touchdowns. This season the success of the Patriots' passing game -- sophomore quarterback C.J. Leizear has thrown for 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns -- has been directly tied to the ability to establish the run.
In each of the final six games of the year, Dudinski (1,194 yards, 10 TDs) surpassed 100 yards, including a breakout 232-yard performance last week at Broad Run. He'll need to find success to help control the clock against the Blue Streaks, whose explosive offense is averaging 30.1 points per game. Owah sets the pace, having totaled 1,267 yards this season.
The winner of this game will advance to the AA Region II Division 4 championship game and compete for a berth in the state tournament. Harrisonburg, as the region's No. 1 seed, would host the winner of the Sherando/Louisa County game with a victory. Park View, the No. 4 seed, would travel to face either team.
-- ANGELA WATTS