Bullis at Landon
Outlook: Defending Interstate Athletic Conference champion Landon (6-2, 2-0) can clinch at least a share of the title with a victory over the Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1). The Bears' defensive front, led by seniors Kyle Williams and Woody Wiegmann, will have to find a way to contain elusive RB Marcus Dorsey (49 carries for 654 yards, 7 TDs) and QB Joseph Lefeged (32 carries for 350 yards, 4 TDs). Landon's offense revolves around RB Conor Cassidy, who has 652 rushing yards and has scored 12 of the Bears' 20 touchdowns.
at No. 13 Massaponax
Outlook: The district title could be on the line in this battle between the upstart Black-Hawks (6-1, 3-0) and the host Panthers (8-0, 4-0), the preseason favorites and defending district runners-up. Brooke Point's defense, led by LB Rex Bradford, has limited opponents to 7.5 points per game. Massaponax lost top rusher Bryon Allen to an injury three weeks ago, but its option offense is still strong, behind RB E.J. Wilson and QB Jay Kenney.
No. 19 Oakton
Outlook: Another important district battle; both coaches called the game a "must win" as the loser will almost certainly be eliminated from the postseason hunt. The Cougars and Hornets have a history of such games. Herndon defeated Oakton in the last game of the year two seasons ago to reach the AAA Northern Region playoffs and knock the Cougars out of contention. Both teams feature strong running games with Herndon's Chris Thompson and DeAndre Richardson and Oakton's Keith Payne and Taylor Naleppa carrying the load.
Edison at Loudoun Valley
Outlook: The winner of this game will have at least a one-game lead over every other team in the district with two games remaining in the regular season. Capturing the district title and an automatic berth into the regional playoffs are particularly important for Loudoun Valley. Because the Vikings opened the season against two Class AA teams (Loudoun County and Park View), finishing in second place even with an 8-2 record probably will not be enough to get them into the playoffs on power points. "No disrespect to anyone else, but we feel this will be the game to decide the district crown," Loudoun Valley Coach Bruce Sheppard said.
Compiled by Judith Evans, Sean Flynn, Liam Dillon and Angela Watts