Park View went to extremes to get its field ready for yesterday's AA Division 4 Region II semifinal, and then Fauquier ran all over it.
The Falcons ran for 344 yards in a 24-7 victory over the 16th-ranked Patriots, earning a spot in next week's regional final against the winner of Friday's Charlottesville-Stone Bridge game. Junior Dwayne Foddrell had 13 carries for 190 yards for Fauquier (8-3).
Park View (9-2) had won five straight playoff openers, its last first-round loss coming in 1994 to Charlottesville. The Patriots gained a season-low 145 total yards and were held under 100 yards rushing for the first time all season (they finished with 95).
Earlier in the day, Park View hired a helicopter to get its field in playing condition. The helicopter arrived just after 2 p.m. and spent about an hour hovering over the field.
Jet Services, Inc., a Manassas-based company, provided the helicopter at both Park View and Osbourn Park. The Park View athletic booster club paid $200 for use of the helicopter.
Stafford built a 27-6 lead over Halifax in the first half, despite having the ball for just 6 minutes 8 seconds. The Indians -- who won, 36-7 -- scored on a 74-yard punt return, a four-play drive, a five-play drive and an eight-play drive. Senior RB Thomas McClellan ran for 222 yards in the first half.
Let's Hear It
It didn't take long for spectator noise makers known as ThunderStix, made famous during the 2002 World Series by Anaheim Angels fans, to reach the high school level.
The W.T. Woodson boosters handed out inflatable blue and white thunder sticks to fans as they entered their side of the stadium at Friday night's AAA Division 5 Northern region semifinal at Jefferson between the Cavaliers and Madison.
A local restaurant sponsored the purchase of the props.
Stafford High School is seeking a boys' basketball team to play in its four-team tournament Dec. 6-7. Each team in the tournament will play two games. For information, contact Athletic Director Wes Bergazzi at 540-371-7200.
-- Alan Goldenbach,
Dan Steinberg and Paul Bergeron