Hylton High School football players have heard talk all week about "Varina seeking revenge" in today's Virginia AAA Division 6 championship, a rematch of last year's state finals.

The No. 2 Bulldogs, winners of 29 consecutive games, just crack a knowing smile when the topic arises.

"Revenge we face every single week," said lineman John Brower, one of four senior captains on a team that has not lost since Week 8 of the 1997 season.

"When you've won that many games in a row, well guess what: There are a whole lot of people looking for revenge," Hylton Coach Bill Brown said. "The thing that impresses me about the streak is that so many teams are giving you their best effort, and you have to be able to fight that off."

Hylton (13-0) needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to stave off the Blue Devils for a 21-13 state championship victory last season in Norfolk. This year's game--at 4 p.m. today at the University of Richmond Stadium--is a short drive from Varina (13-0).

The Blue Devils rushed for an apparent 47-yard touchdown that would have given them the lead early in the fourth quarter of last year's championship, but the run was nullified by a clipping penalty. Hylton scored on its next two possessions.

The Bulldogs lost several key players from last season's team but continue to meet challenges without being swept away by the fanfare of a growing winning streak.

"They prepare for the next one like they just lost the last one," Brown said.

"We don't talk about the streak much," Brower said. "It's there. We don't think about the past. We're just thinking about the future and what we're accomplishing this week."

Hylton, while not running up gaudy offensive numbers, quietly has yielded just 121 points in 13 games this season, more than half of them in the fourth quarter, usually with the game well in hand.

Despite the 29-game run, Hylton has not cracked the No. 1 position in the Washington Post's top 20 rankings because of Seneca Valley's 39-game winning streak. Even with a win today, the Bulldogs would not be overly upset about sharing the spotlight.

"It's unusual to have two programs have this at the same time," Brown said. "They would have nine more reasons than we have to consider themselves number one."

Hylton (13-0) vs. Varina (13-0)

Virginia AAA Division 6 Final

Kickoff: 4 p.m., University of Richmond Stadium.

Analysis: A rematch of last year's Division 6 final, which Hylton won, 21-13. Junior running back D.J. Walton (1,034 yards, 17 touchdowns) and senior quarterback Kenny Irby (55-of-119 passing, 1,166 yards, 9 touchdowns, 3 interceptions) highlight the second-ranked Bulldogs' attack. Led by senior running back Lamont Abrams's 1,870 yards and 24 touchdowns, Varina of Richmond has rushed for 4,100 yards and outscored opponents 494-99 this season. Junior quarterback Mike Robinson has passed for 900 yards, 9 touchdowns and 1 interception, and has rushed for 800 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Notable: Hylton has won 29 consecutive games. ... Walton rushed for 86 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in last year's final.

Admission: $9 general admission, $15 reserved seating.

Directions: Take I-395 South to I-95 South. Take the I-64 West/I-195 South exit (No. 79). Take I-195 to the Rosewood Avenue exit. Make a left onto McCloy Street. Make a left onto Grant Street. Stadium is on the left.

-- Nathan Max

Culpeper (13-0) vs. Henrico (12-1)

Virginia AAA Division 5 Final

Kickoff: 1 p.m., University of Richmond Stadium.

Analysis: Culpeper's emotion will be as difficult as the Blue Devils' execution for Henrico to defend. Coming off their 20-17 overtime upset of four-time defending state champion Hampton, the Blue Devils have a sense of invincibility about them. But it is tempered by their focus. "People probably look at that game [against Hampton] as the state championship game," Blue Devils quarterback Mike Jenkins said, "but it isn't. None of this really matters if we don't win [this] week." Henrico, which advanced by beating Yorktown, 42-0, will be the second straight offensive juggernaut set in front of Culpeper, which has yielded only 46 points in its last five games. The Warriors are led by junior quarterback Aaron Alexander, who has thrown for 41 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards in his career.

Admission: $9 general admission, $15 reserved seating.

Directions: Take I-395 South to I-95 South. Take the I-64 West/I-195 South exit (No. 79). Take I-195 to the Rosewood Avenue exit. Make a left onto McCloy Street. Make a left onto Grant Street. Stadium is on the left.

Notable: Culpeper already has achieved a school record for victories and is ranked No. 3 in The Washington Post poll. ... Both teams are seeking their first state championship.

-- Alan Goldenbach