Gonzaga at Good Counsel
Outlook: Since losing consecutive games early in the season, Good Counsel (5-2, 4-0) has outscored opponents 172-19 during a four-game winning streak. During that stretch, the Falcons have rotated three tailbacks and two fullbacks. Gonzaga (5-2, 3-1) had a four-game winning streak end in a 34-7 loss to No. 3 DeMatha last week.
Oakton at Robinson
Outlook: Both teams are fighting to stay in the playoff hunt in the Concorde District, which has five teams jockeying for four spots in the AAA Northern Region Division 6 race. No. 10 Robinson (5-1, 2-1) relies on senior RB Lucas Caparelli (90 carries for 841 yards and 10 TDs). No. 17 Oakton (5-1, 2-1) boosts a strong rushing attack behind RB Keith Payne (786 yards on 102 carries and eight TDs) and FB Taylor Naleppa (390 yards on 57 carries for four TDs).
West Springfield at Lee
Outlook: The first meeting in more than four seasons for these cross-town Springfield rivals will be a contrast in styles. West Springfield showcases the passing game, headlined by junior QB Peter Lalich, who is fifth in the area in passing yards (1,237). Lee, behind junior RB Brandon Cameron and senior QB Greg Jones, prefer to keep it on the ground. Both teams are near the top of a crowded AAA Patriot District.
Liberty at Handley
Outlook: Sherando snapped Liberty's 17-game win streak against AA Northwestern District opponents last week -- the Eagles' first district loss since Nov. 8, 2002 -- with an aggressive and precise passing attack. Handley (5-1, 3-0) will offer an even bigger challenge with sophomore QB J.J. Dorsey, an equal threat to run or throw. Liberty (5-1, 2-1) will counter with a powerful running game, led by senior Adrian Hull (865 yards, 11 TDs).
at Falls Church
Outlook: The AAA National District standings will be shaken up the next two weeks as Loudoun Valley (5-1, 3-0) squares off against the only other unbeaten teams in district play -- Falls Church (4-2, 3-0) and Edison (6-0, 3-0). Falls Church QB Joey Collins has used eight different receivers to accumulate 1,377 yards passing and 15 TDs. But Loudoun Valley's defense is stout, allowing just 7.3 points per game.
Compiled by Josh Barr, Judith Evans, Liam Dillon and Angela Watts