AAA Northern Reg.
McLean at Yorktown
Outlook: Which ground game will slow down? McLean RB Erik Smith rushed for 262 yards last week in a season-opening 41-6 win over South County. Meanwhile, Yorktown (2-0) has an answer in RBs Max Millien (307 yards, 8.8 per carry) and Steven Smith (237, 4.8). "What we don't want is for this game to turn into a track meet," McLean Coach Rick Rivera said. Yorktown has topped the Highlanders by a combined 80-16 in the past two seasons.
West Springfield at Edison
Outlook: West Springfield (0-1) is looking to recover from a loss to Stone Bridge last week. The Eagles (2-0) may make it hard -- they have outscored opponents 68-13. Eagles junior QB Shawn Lloyd has been impressive, completing 50 percent of his passes for 215 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, while senior RB Devan Clark has amassed 268 yards on 32 carries. Expect QB Peter Lalich to provide the spark for the Spartans. Despite winning four of the last five National District titles, a win against an established Patriot District team would be significant for Edison.
AAA Northwestern Reg.
at Potomac (Va.)
Outlook: Potomac (1-0) has won 11 of its past 12 meetings with the Raiders, a former district rival. Stonewall Jackson will have extra motivation after a big loss to No. 3 Hylton last week. The key could be how quickly the Raiders' young offensive line and running backs jell. If they don't, look for Potomac all-region DB Deante Steele to take advantage.
Georgetown Prep at
No. 8 Good Counsel
Outlook: The Falcons (1-1) will try to bounce back after last week's home loss to No. 1 Robinson. They face another potent offense in the Little Hoyas, who have rolled to a 2-0 mark behind RBs Marcus Dowtin (239 yards) and Chase Williams (220). In the past five years, the average score of the Prep-Good Counsel game has been 34-7, with no game being decided by fewer than 19 points. Prep won in 2000-03; Good Counsel has won the last two years.
Paul VI Catholic at Bullis
Outlook: A matchup pitting a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference team (Paul VI) against an Interstate Athletic Conference team (Bullis); both are off to fast starts. The key will be Panthers QB D.J. Mangas (nearly 500 yards passing in Paul VI's 2-0 start) against a Bullis defense that had four interceptions in its season-opening victory. Marcus Dorsey had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. This will be the first game on the artificial turf in Bullis's renovated Alumni Stadium.
Compiled by Josh Barr, Liam Dillon, Judith Evans and Andrew Levine