Edison at Yorktown
Outlook: A trip to the playoffs is on the line for two teams accustomed to playing in the postseason. Neither Edison (6-2, 5-0 AAA National District) nor Yorktown (6-2, 4-1) can afford another defeat and keep up in the tight AAA Northern Region Division 5 race. To capture the district title -- and an automatic postseason bid -- Edison and Yorktown, the defending district champion, must win this week and next and hope for Jefferson (7-1, 5-0) to stumble.
at Park View
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: Park View (7-1, 4-1 AA Dulles District) has scored more points (301) and allowed fewer (99) than any Dulles team this season. Still, the Patriots trail No. 12 Stone Bridge in the district standings and must win their final two games to keep hopes of a playoff berth alive. Loudoun Valley (5-3, 3-2) is just one year removed from its own playoff run and looking to play spoiler. The Patriots are led by sophomore TB Deric Dudinski (1,391 yards, 16 TDs); the Vikings by senior QB Stephen Sheehan (718 yards rushing, 441 passing, 11 TDs).
at No. 18 Hylton
Outlook: By knocking off the Bulldogs (7-1, 4-0), Woodbridge (5-3, 3-1) could forge a tie in the Virginia AAA Cardinal District and likely clinch its first Virginia AAA Northwestern Region playoff berth since 1997. Hylton has struggled the past two weeks, with a loss to Potomac (Va.) and a 14-6 win over Gar-Field. The Bulldogs, who notched a 27-0 win over Woodbridge on Oct. 9, are expected to be without their leading rusher, junior Courtney Anderson (shoulder injury), for the second straight game. Woodbridge senior Andre Bratton (1,241 yards) has topped 100 yards in all eight outings.
Outlook: W.T. Woodson (7-1, 4-1 AAA Liberty District) controls its playoff chances: two wins will likely see the Cavaliers capture the district title and host a Northern Region Division 5 semifinal; one win and they'll still likely get in. McLean (5-3, 3-2) can earn a playoff berth by winning its final two games and hoping National District teams Jefferson, Yorktown and Edison beat up on one another.
St. John's vs. Gonzaga
Tomorrow at Blair, 6:30
Outlook: St. John's (6-3, 4-2) and Gonzaga (7-2, 4-2) have made the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs; the winner will be seeded third and likely face DeMatha in the semifinals. The loser will get top-ranked Good Counsel.
Compiled by Tarik El-Bashir, Angela Watts and Preston Williams