AAA Liberty District
Marshall at W.T. Woodson
Outlook: Marshall RB Jordan Culbreath will be the primary focus of the Cavaliers' defense after combining for 400 rushing and receiving yards and six TDs for the Statesmen (3-0). Marshall QB Steve Gooding has thrown for 267 yards. In this district opener for both teams, the Cavaliers will rely on their rushing attack, led by senior QB Jeff Beyer (229 yards, two TDs) and senior RB Rubin Reyme (221 yards, one TD).
AAA Northern Region
Chantilly at Madison
Outlook: Chantilly is 2-1, an encouraging start after going winless last season. Chargers LBs John Holcomb and Jordan Reeves will try to contain QB Warren Anderson, who leads a physical ground attack for Madison (1-1). Chantilly needs team rushing leader Tyrell Jackson (124 yards on 40 carries) to help boost the offense.
No. 16 Oakton vs.
Tomorrow, 1, at Edison
Outlook: T.C. Williams opened 3-0 for the first time since 1991, but Oakton (2-0) should provide a stiffer test than Wakefield, Mount Vernon and South County. A key to the game could be whether Oakton can slow the Titans' option-based running game. T.C. Williams has averaged 285 yards on the ground and a different player has led the team in rushing in its three games. Oakton will aim for a crisper performance after committing 10 penalties in last week's win over Stone Bridge.
AA Region II
Heritage at Handley
Outlook: Heritage's 15-13 win at Brentsville last week gave the Pride (3-0) its first three-game win streak in school history. Extending that streak to four games will be a difficult task against a talented Handley team (1-1) that traditionally plays well at home. Judges QB J.J. Dorsey totaled 344 yards in last week's 48-0 win over Strasburg. More impressively, Handley's defense held Strasburg to two first downs the entire game.
Gilman at No. 20 Georgetown Prep
Outlook: Georgetown Prep makes its debut in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association against perennial power Gilman (2-0). The Little Hoyas (2-0) have a potent offensive attack with RBs Chase Williams (253 yards) and Marcus Dowtin (251 yards, four TDs) and senior QB Andrew Aldrich. Their defensive line, anchored by DEs David Dudish and Jon Biava, must contain Gilman RB Sean Price (505 yards, four TDs).
Compiled by Rich Campbell, Liam Dillon, Judith Evans and Angela Watts.