At least two veteran Northern Virginia high school coaches seem ready to abandon their conservatism in hopes of winning district titles.

Although successful over the years with efficient running games, Fort Hunt Coach Frank Creneti and Madison Coach Chuck Sell have spent much of the preseason installing plans to open up their offenses with the pass.

For Creneti, coach of the Gunston District favorite Federals, the maturity and development of quarterback Bill Turner and the need to use better an abundance of sprinters has made the change seem plausible.

Across the county, Sell has decided to stop worrying about the mistakes underclassmen might make and go with the obvious talents of some of his youngsters in a bid to win the Great Falls District championship.

"For the last couple of years, I've been watching these youngsters and toying with the notion of going to a more wide-open, pass-oriented style of offense," said Sell. "In the past I've had either a good quarterback or good receivers, but never really both. This year, with the juniors moving up to go with my seniors, I think I have both."

If junior quarterback Tim Hecht adjusts quickly to varsity competition, Sell's plans are "to throw more than I ever have before." This decision could transform the Warhawks into a formidable force in both the district and the Virginia AAA Northern Region.

Sell feels Hecht, the 6-foot-4 younger brother of former Madison quarterback Herbie Hecht, has the talent and promise to become a good passer. His targets will include wide-outs Junie Robinson and Hunter Reilly and tight ends Marc Roman and Jim McNamara.

Challenging secondaries has been easy for Creneti's teams at Fort Hunt, especially with the Belk and Mial families in the neighborhood. When Rocky Belk and Mark Mial were in the Fort Hunt backfield a few years ago, they were a constant threat to cornerbacks and safeties.

Last year their brothers, Tony Mial and Darren Belk, another pair of sprinters (each runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds), gained more than 1,300 yards and led the Federals to the district championship.

"This year we want to use Tony and Darren more effectively," said Creneti. CAPTION: :Charts of the Virginia AAA Great Falls and Gunston Districts teams. Ft. Hunt, Madison Going All Out for District Titles By Skip Major Special to The Washington Post

At least two veteran Northern Virginia high school coaches seem ready to abandon their conservatism in hopes of winning district titles.

Although successful over the years with efficient running games, Fort Hunt Coach Frank Creneti and Madison Coach Chuck Sell have spent much of the preseason installing plans to open up their offenses with the pass.

For Creneti, coach of the Gunston District favorite Federals, the maturity and development of quarterback Bill Turner and the need to use better an abundance of sprinters has made the change seem plausible.

Across the county, Sell has decided to stop worrying about the mistakes underclassmen might make and go with the obvious talents of some of his youngsters in a bid to win the Great Falls District championship.

"For the last couple of years, I've been watching these youngsters and toying with the notion of going to a more wide-open, pass-oriented style of offense," said Sell. "In the past I've had either a good quarterback or good receivers, but never really both. This year, with the juniors moving up to go with my seniors, I think I have both."

If junior quarterback Tim Hecht adjusts quickly to varsity competition, Sell's plans are "to throw more than I ever have before." This decision could transform the Warhawks into a formidable force in both the district and the Virginia AAA Northern Region.

Sell feels Hecht, the 6-foot-4 younger brother of former Madison quarterback Herbie Hecht, has the talent and promise to become a good passer. His targets will include wide-outs Junie Robinson and Hunter Reilly and tight ends Marc Roman and Jim McNamara.

Challenging secondaries has been easy for Creneti's teams at Fort Hunt, especially with the Belk and Mial families in the neighborhood. When Rocky Belk and Mark Mial were in the Fort Hunt backfield a few years ago, they were a constant threat to cornerbacks and safeties.

Last year their brothers, Tony Mial and Darren Belk, another pair of sprinters (each runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds), gained more than 1,300 yards and led the Federals to the district championship.

"This year we want to use Tony and Darren more effectively," said Creneti.: Charts of the Virginia AAA Great Falls and Gunston Districts teams.