No. 5 Westfield at Hayfield
Outlook: The defending AAA Division 6 champion Bulldogs (4-0, 0-0 AAA Concorde District) have stretched their winning streak to 18 games behind RB Evan Royster (851 yards, 12 TDs). Hayfield (2-2, 0-1 AAA Patriot) has hurt its playoff chances with consecutive close losses, but QB Pat Martin and the Hawks can claw back into the race with a win tonight.
Broad Run at
Outlook: These teams are both 3-1, 1-0 in the AA Dulles District, and both are winning on the strength of their running games and defenses. Broad Run (eight INTs, yielding 12.3 ppg) has totaled 1,002 yards rushing and only 102 passing. Similarly, Loudoun Valley (10 fumble recoveries, yielding 11.0 ppg) has rushed for 906 yards and passed for 153.
Manassas Park at Strasburg
Outlook: The Virginia A Bull Run District opener for both teams may be as big as a league championship. Manassas Park (5-0) has won 26 of its past 27 regular season games -- the only loss coming in 2002 at Strasburg, a venue known for its purple-clad fans, neighboring graveyard and lovely mountain view. Manassas Park has beaten the Rams (4-1) just twice since the late 1980s, one of them a 48-0 win last year. Manassas Park senior quarterback Zach Terrell has thrown for 976 yards and nine TDs and rushed for 606 yards and 11 scores.
Sherando at Handley
Outlook: Handley senior L. A. Anderson has been a virtual one-man show for the Judges. In his first season at quarterback, the former wide receiver has passed for 615 yards, rushed for 242 and accounted for 12 touchdowns. Sherando, which has not beaten its AA Northwestern District foe since 1997, is hoping to offset Anderson with its combination of QB Jordan Gibson (506 yards passing) and RB Joe Oher (383 rushing).
St. John's vs.
No. 1 DeMatha
Tomorrow at Parkdale, 2:30
Outlook: DeMatha's 16-game winning streak will be tested by the Cadets, who have won three in a row since losing to Downington (Pa.) on Sept. 11. The Stags (4-0, 2-0) will again be without RB Anthony Wiseman (sprained knee), but still have a deep backfield that includes Jeff Allen (541 yards, 5 TDs). The Cadets (4-1, 2-0) will counter with highly touted LB Rico McCoy and DE Kevin Maroney (seven sacks).
Compiled by Tarik El-Bashir, Angela Watts and Preston Williams