Westfield Coach Tom Verbanic dubbed the Concorde District "murderers' row" with plenty of justification. More than two losses, and any playoff chances are all but extinguished.
After district shuffling before the season that added No. 10 Robinson to a strong district, the Concorde has lived up to the preseason hype as the top conference in the metropolitan area. Highlighted by Robinson, No. 7 Westfield, No. 9 Centreville and No. 17 Oakton, the Concorde has boasted a 22-4 record against nondistrict opponents and fueled fratricidal district matchups with those four teams fighting for the playoffs.
Westfield (7-0, 3-0) is the only one unscathed. Senior running back Evan Royster is the top rusher in the area with 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns on 131 carries.
"To be where we are in the district is great," Verbanic said. "We are very fortunate and we're as happy as we can be at this point in the year."
Four teams from Virginia's AAA Northern Region Division 6 schools -- the largest classification -- will make the playoffs. A district champion receives an automatic bid to the postseason, and the remaining spots are filled via a Virginia High School League rating system. As of today, three would be from the Concorde, with the Patriot District champion rounding out the group.
Centreville, with two district losses, is currently on the outside looking in. Not that it doesn't have a strong resume. After losing back-to-back 34-31 games to Westfield and Oakton, the Wildcats resuscitated their postseason chances with a 20-17 win over then-No. 1 Robinson, a team that hadn't lost in the regular season since 2001.
Centreville Coach Mike Skinner said this year's district arrangement has left him "very frustrated."
"We knew that if we had lost we'd already be finished," he said.