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Outlook: After defeating Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 5 finalist Yorktown, 27-10, last week, the Titans (1-1) will attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time since September 2002. T.C. Williams's option offense relies on QB Ken Benedetti (91 yards rushing, three TDs), FB Mike Hughes (164 yards, one TD) and PK Akawasi Banahene (two FGs) against West Potomac (0-2).
Outlook: Manassas Park senior QB Zach Terrell and Brentsville junior RB Jay Terrell -- Zach's cousin -- have a bet of sorts on the game: The loser must wear the winning team's school colors to class on Monday. Here's a safer bet: At least one of them will find the end zone. Zach Terrell has factored into 15 touchdowns for the Cougars (3-0). Jay Terrell scored four touchdowns Monday in a win over Heritage. Manassas Park, outscoring opponents 77-0 in the first half this season, has won the past four games in the series.
No. 1 DeMatha vs.
No. 17 Gonzaga
Saturday at Dunbar, 1
Outlook: These powerhouses have met in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship three consecutive seasons, with DeMatha winning twice, including last year. The Stags (2-0) will be without RB Anthony Wiseman (sprained knee) and have not played since Sept. 10 because of a weather-related cancellation. Meantime, Gonzaga RB Joe Taylor (453 yards, five TDs) and the Eagles (3-0) are coming off last Saturday's victory over four-time Interstate Athletic Conference champion Georgetown Prep.
Edison at Falls Church
Outlook: In what figures to be a tight Virginia AAA National District title chase, this is a crucial matchup for a pair of playoff hopefuls. Edison has a big scheduling advantage: RB Kevin Roberts (195 yards, three TDs) and the Eagles (1-1) have more than a week to prepare, while QB James Gannon (271 yards, four TDs) and Falls Church (1-0) have only three practice days. The Jaguars lost to Madison, 21-14, last night.
Hayfield at Herndon
Outlook: Two playoff hopefuls meet in a game that could make a difference when power points are calculated in November. Hayfield is off to a 2-0 start behind Annandale transfer Larry Asante (225 yards and two TDs on 44 carries) and QB Pat Martin (107 rushing yards, three TDs). Herndon (2-0) will counter with RBs Marcus Blaha and Solomon Hedd-Williams (eight rushing TDs combined).
Compiled by Tarik El-Bashir and Preston Williams