If Centreville, Herndon or any other AAA Northern Region Division 6 team with more than one loss ends up qualifying for the four-team playoff tournament, it'll have McLean to thank. The Highlanders' 25-20 victory over Lee on Friday dealt a blow to the Lancers' hopes of claiming one of the four postseason berths.

"As a coach, you always hate to see that happen," Herndon Coach Tommy Meier said, referring to the possibility of Lee, a Division 6 team, taking a playoff spot by winning the mostly Division 5 Liberty District. "I'm telling my players that we couldn't be in a better position. We've got Centreville and Oakton left, and if we don't make the playoffs, we don't have anybody to blame but ourselves."

Herndon (6-2, 1-1 Concorde District) will host Centreville (5-3, 0-2 Concorde) on Friday in a game that could go a long way toward determining who gets the final berth. Patriot District teams West Springfield, Hayfield and Annandale are also in the mix for that spot.

Oakton (7-1, 3-0 Concorde), Westfield (7-1, 2-1 Concorde) and Robinson (8-0, 4-0 Patriot) appear to be locks to make the playoffs, based on power points.

"The door is open for everybody now," Centreville Coach Mike Skinner said. "If we beat Herndon, we are in really good shape, assuming there are no major upsets. Considering we've lost three games, it's great to have something to play for."

-- Tarik El-Bashir