at No. 7 Westfield
Outlook: Defending Virginia AAA Division 6 champion Westfield opens the season with high expectations but little experience after most starters from last year's undefeated team graduated. One player who is back for Westfield is junior RB Evan Royster, who had 1,681 yards and 22 touchdowns rushing last year. He will be tested by Annandale DT Julio Villatoro (6-foot-2, 290 pounds) and DE Nate Williams.
Gar-Field at Osbourn
Outlook: Gar-Field has outscored the Eagles 221-23 the past six years, but Osbourn enters the season opener with far more experience and is coming off a 4-6 record, its best in six years. "They feel like it's not the old Osbourn any more," said third-year Eagles coach Steve Schultze, whose team intends to pass more out of its single-wing offense after throwing for only 212 yards last season. Gar-Field, under new coach Joe Mangano, boasts lineman Kevin Crawford, who has unofficially committed to Virginia.
at Colonial Forge
Outlook: Six-foot-3 tackle Cordarrow Thompson (Syracuse) leads a tough North Stafford defense that shut down Chancellor in a 24-0 season-opening win last week. Colonial Forge, the Wolverines' Stafford County rival, has made two straight playoff appearances but had 26 seniors on last year's team. The Eagles open the season with a new coach, Tim Coleman.
Gonzaga at No. 16 Dunbar
Tomorrow, 11 a.m.
Outlook: The last time these teams met was in 1995, when Gonzaga squeezed out a 20-14 victory. The Eagles (1-0) will have to find a way to contain an improving Dunbar offense, led by sophomore QB Nate Bussey, who has completed 15 of 33 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns. The Crimson Tide (1-1) must contain senior RB Joe Taylor (282 rushing yards against Wilson last week).
No. 4 Good Counsel
at No. 12 Georgetown Prep
Tomorrow, 1 p.m.
Outlook: One year ago, Good Counsel (1-0) defeated then-No. 1 Georgetown Prep, 22-0, snapping the Little Hoyas' area-long 30-game winning streak. Many of Good Counsel's key players are back, including RB Jerron Pearson, QB Reggie Gooch and Deege and Tommy Galt, twins who have unofficially committed to Maryland. It's the season opener for Prep.
Compiled by Tarik El-Bashir, Judith Evans, Sean P. Flynn and Preston Williams