Langley (7-2) running back Tyler West spent much of his sophomore season watching standout senior tailback Philip Mun shred defenses.

MCLEAN VA- OCTOBER 11: Langley running back Tyler West turns up field for a long 3rd quarter gain asLangley defeats Fairfax 28 - 7 in football as Langley High School in McLean VA, October 11, 2013. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Langley running back Tyler West turns up field for a long third-quarter run in a victory over Fairfax last month. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

West took it upon himself to put in the necessary work the following offseason to take over upon Mun’s graduation.  He wanted to mirror Mun from his basic practice habits to his speed and ability to hit the holes while carrying the ball.

Outside of becoming a reflection of Mun he played a lot of lacrosse, too, on the Saxons’ perennially dominant team.

In his role as midfielder, he is expected to change directions quickly and is arguably the most important player on the field.

“I competed in several lacrosse camps this summer which helped a lot with my endurance.” West said. “It helps me stay in shape and maintain my speed.”

Entering the final week of the season West has outgained every underclassman in the area and sits fifth among all area rushers 1,612 yards on 182 attempts (9.15 yards per carry).

Creating gaping holes for West is a powerful offensive line that has an average height and weight of 6-foot-4 and 267 pounds. Right guard Brooks Norris blocked for Mun last season and has been carving holes for West this year en route to his standout campaign.

“They’re both pretty similar runners, except Tyler is thicker and stronger,” Norris said. “Tyler is more of a bruising style running back. He really surprised us all.

“I knew he had great potential from seeing him in practice and on JV. He worked hard in the offseason.”

West had the same sense when comparing himself to the former Langley standout.

“Philip was quicker in everything he did,” said West, who has yet to receive an offer but plans to hit the summer camp circuit hard to continue his development. “Sometimes I feel like I have to run over someone to get a couple extra yards. I’ve worked really hard to add that into my repertoire.”

Senior quarterback Nick Casso has also benefited from Langley’s bruising offensive line, throwing for 1,373 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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“Without those guys, we have nothing going on,” Casso said of the offensive line. “The line is where it starts, and you have to love it when those guys are big and doing their job.”

The high-powered offense has Langley currently sitting fourth in Virginia 6A North region playoff standings and ready for a deeper playoff run than last season’s second-round exit. A win Friday against McLean would secure Langley’s best regular season record in more than a decade.

“I want to win at least two games in the playoffs and see where we go from there. That would be huge for Langley,” Casso said. “That would be really exciting to do that and make some history for the school.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 27

Howard senior outside hitter Sydney Biniak’s number of kills in a comeback win over three-time defending state champion Sherwood in Wednesday’s Maryland 4A North region semifinal.

BREAKFAST LINKS:

–No. 8 Howard played a masterful final two sets to defeat three-time defending champion No. 8 Sherwood in five sets in Maryland 4A North region volleyball semfinal

–Another three-time defending champion, No. 1 Glenelg, fell in 2A state field hockey semifinal to Century in double overtime.

–Coaches of teams on the football playoff bubble around Northern Virginia will be pulling out their calculators on Friday night to see where they stand. Check out our playoff projections to see who’s in, who’s out and who has work to do. (Remember, they’re only projections, all unofficial.)

–The AllMetSports staff also made playoff projections for state of Maryland’s final week of season.

PHOTOS FROM LAST NIGHT:

VIDEOS OF THE DAY:

Highlights from Magruder’s Maryland 4A West region boys’ soccer victory over Walter Johnson on Tuesday.

Magruder beats Walter Johnson to claim the 4A West Region Championship match, 1-0. With junior, Ofentse Kale's lone goal, he led the Colonels to clinch the win. (Abigail Fazio for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

WHAT TO WATCH:

Volleyball: Virginia 6A Conference 6 Final — Yorktown at No. 9 Madison, 7 p.m.

This conference final is a surprise as many were expecting Langley to face Madison here for the Conference 6 title. Yorktown upset Langley in Tuesday’s semifinal and can make it back-to-back upsets with a win over Madison.