Battlefield’s Ryan Swingle (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)
Favorite: Battlefield (13-2)

The Bobcats, 44-6 the past four years, are the defending Virginia AAA Division 6 champions.

Contenders: Osbourn (12-1), Broad Run (11-2)

Both teams reached their respective region finals last year.

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With Broad Run joining the Cedar Run, the district features three teams that have won state titles in the past five years — Osbourn (2006), Broad Run (2008 and ’09) and Battlefield (2010). . . . Battlefield Coach Mark Cox is allowing QB Ryan Swingle (two first-half touchdown passes in the state championship) to change plays at the line of scrimmage, the first time he has green-lighted that in his coaching career. The Bobcats return only one proven lineman and just three starters on each side of the ball but should again have a strong ground game. . . . Osbourn, which rolled up 535 points in 2010, lost stars at the skill positions but has several capable players behind them. Eagles K Chris Boteler had 56 touchbacks last season. . . . Broad Run’s two losses last season were both to eventual Division 4 champion Briar Woods, by a combined 10 points. Spartans senior QB Connor Jessop missed seven games after breaking his collarbone in the second game but still threw for more than 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in only four games. Broad Run, which moved up from the Virginia AA Dulles District, is 49-3 the past four years. Spartans OL Jackson Matteo has committed to Temple. . . . Freedom-South Riding (4-6), which went 1-25 in the Dulles District and averaged only 10.9 points per game last season, is another new Cedar Run member; Heritage and Loudoun Valley moved back to AA. . . . Stonewall Jackson (2-8) has installed a version of the spread offense to feature RB C.J. Burnes (756 yards) and several pass-catching targets. . . . New Prince William County school Patriot, which is playing a junior varsity schedule this season, will not become a Cedar Run football member until 2013.

— Preston Williams