Biggest Home-Field Advantage: Linganore will host Bonita Vista of Chula Vista, Calif., on Sept. 3. The visitors will have traveled nearly 2,700 miles to play.

Toughest Start: Annandale opens with four consecutive road games, including its Sept. 10 opener at defending state champion Westfield and a Sept. 17 game at powerful Centreville.

Easiest Fields to Mow: Bishop Ireton, Gonzaga and Wakefield have installed synthetic turf fields for this season.

Worst Team to See on Your Schedule: Robinson hasn't lost a regular season game since Oct. 26, 2001, a 14-12 loss to West Potomac. The Rams have won 22 consecutive regular season games since then.

Best Escorts: The offensive lines at North Stafford and Potomac (Md.) should make life easier for their skill players. North Stafford has three linemen who have accepted Division I-A scholarship offers: Cordarrow Thompson (Syracuse), Patrick Slebonick (Virginia) and Tony North (Virginia Tech). Potomac features seniors Gus Parrish and Brandon Jackson and junior Terrell Poe, all of whom weigh more than 300 pounds.

Best Day Job: Caroline's first year coach, Bobby Jenkins, is the chairman of the Culpeper County school board.

Robinson running back Aaron Richards sets up his team's first touchdown in a 38-3 victory against Hayfield Oct. 31.Potomac (Md.) seniors Gus Parrish, left, and Brandon Jackson tip the scales at more than 300 pounds each.