WARRENTON, VA., NOV. 16 -- Fauquier continued its dominance over George Washington-Danville in postseason play thanks in part to an explosive seond half and the Falcons cruised to a 31-14 tonight in the first round of the Northwest Regional Division 6 playoffs.

Holding a narrow 10-7 lead at halftime, the Falcons offense produced three touchdown runs of 28, 79 and 56 yards. On the other hand, the GW offense, which scored 326 points coming into the game, could not muster a second-half touchdown until the final minutes.

Next Friday, the Falcons will play at Gar-Field for the division title Friday night at 8.

The win marks the third consecutive time Fauquier has beaten GW in the regional playoffs. All three wins have been routs, with Fauquier winning 28-0 last year and 35-0 in 1988.

"Three of our better games in the past three years have been against {GW}," Fauquier Coach John Chmara said. "Call it luck, if you will. If I knew at halftime that we would have played like that in the second half, I would have gone home."

Chmara added that this win was more impressive since the Falcons were coming off a 43-7 loss to Potomac last week, that cost them the Commonwealth District title.

"Our kids played good offense and defense after such a loss last week," he said. "We should give them credit for their character."

On their second drive of the third quarter, Fauquier broke the game open on a 28-yard run by Michael Porter with 3:24 left. The run capped a 10-play 68-yard drive that featured a key 17-yard run by Shawn Walters.

That would be the only score for the Falcons on a sustained drive in that half.

With 11:47 left in the game, Porter scored on a 79-yard run up up the left side to put the Falcons up 24-7.