Fort Hunt, the defending Virginia AAA Northern Region champion, and 19th-ranked Osbourn, the surprise team in the AA division, can earn regional playoff berths in their respective classifications with victories tonight.
Fort Hunt, 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the Gunston District, got some unexpected help and can win a second straight district title by defeating visiting Mount Vernon (3-5, 2-1). Osbourn (8-0, 5-0 in the Northwestern District), coming off an impressive 40-27 victory over defending State AA runner-up Handley, needs only a tie at Loudoun County (3-4-1, 2-2-1) to win the district title.
Victories by top-ranked Madison (7-1, 5-0 in the Great Falls District) and ninth-ranked Chantilly (7-1, 5-0 in the Potomac District) will give both at least a tie for their respective district championships. It is possible for both teams to win the titles tonight, depending on what other district opponents do.
Madison is home against Marshall (1-7, 1-4) and Chantilly visits Wakefield (5-3, 3-2).
The Commonwealth and Northern Districts have several contenders. Fifth-ranked Robinson (6-1-1, 2-0-1), sixth-ranked W.T. Woodson (6-1-1, 2-0-1) and T.C. Williams (5-1-2, 1-0-2) all are still in contention for the Northern District title. All three teams play noncontenders tonight.
Potomac (6-1-1, 5-0), the area's 16th-ranked team, can gain a tie for the Commonwealth District title tonight by beating James Wood (1-7, 1-4). Potomac can win the title outright if Fauquier (7-1, 4-1) loses at Gar-Field (5-3, 3-2). Should Fauquier win, the district winner will be decided next week when Potomac plays Fauquier.
For the past few seasons, Handley and Park View have dominated the Northwestern District. This season, Osbourn, led by tailback Jamie Thorne, has changed that. The Eagles are averaging more than 27 points per game while limiting opponents to just under eight. Before its victory over Handley, Osbourn had held opponents scoreless 18 consecutive quarters.
In a Saturday game, Theodore Roosevelt (4-3, 3-0 in the Interhigh West Division) plays at Wilson (4-2, 3-0) in a game that will go a long way toward deciding that winner.
In a game that looms important for other reasons, Einstein (0-7) is in a good position to break a 28-game losing streak Saturday when it is home against Damascus (0-7), the defending Maryland Class B champions.