The much-anticipated game between seventh-ranked Westfield and ninth-ranked Robinson on Nov. 11 might be more important than anyone realizes: Robinson, despite winning 39 of its past 40 regular season games, likely will need to win that game -- as well as this week's contest with Lake Braddock -- to qualify for the playoffs.
With Robinson moving to the Virginia AAA Concorde District this year, that seven-team league has become loaded with top teams. Westfield (8-0, 4-0) seems ensured of a playoff spot and Oakton (6-2, 3-2) is in excellent position, with Robinson (7-1, 4-1) and Centreville (6-2, 2-2) battling for the final berth in the Northern Region Division 6 playoffs. (The Patriot District champion, likely Annandale or Lee, will get the fourth berth.)
Robinson is hampered somewhat because the Virginia High School League does not recognize games against private schools, negating Robinson's victory over Good Counsel. That also hurts Centreville somewhat because the Wildcats do not get bonus points for that Robinson victory. Centreville's best chance to make the playoffs is to win its remaining games and have Robinson lose to Westfield.
"I have all the scenarios down -- that's what I do for my recreation," Centreville Coach Mike Skinner joked, adding that he told his players before the season that 8-2 might not be good enough. "A lot of things have to go right for us to make the playoffs. But hey, we shouldn't have lost by three points to Westfield and Oakton. Somebody is going to pay to go watch everyone else play."
-- Josh Barr