Josh Sweet leads the area in carries and rushing yardage, and he’ll likely shoulder the offensive load again Friday at Salem. (Ricky Carioti/Washington Post)
Virginia 4A North region semifinal

Woodgrove at Salem

Friday, 7 p.m.

At stake: A berth in the Virginia 4A North final

Watch for: Woodgrove running back Josh Sweet. The senior Cornell recruit leads the area in rushing yards (2,572 yards) and carries (358) and is in rare form in the playoffs, rushing for over 300 yards in the Wolverines’ two wins. Sweet has accounted for 39 touchdowns for the Wolverines (9-3). The defense has shut out four opponents and has not allowed more than a touchdown in either playoff game. Blue-chip recruit defensive end J.J. Jackson (Virginia) is a force on the defensive line with 15 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Senior quarterback Will Koester does a good job of managing the team and can deliver the ball in tight spots when needed.

Salem has scored at least 42 points in six of its last seven games, including last week’s 52-26 rout of Dominion.

Mike Skinner has led Woodgrove to its first two playoff wins in only his second season at the helm. (Ricky Carioti/Washington Post)

Skinny: Woodgrove is experiencing the best season in its short four-year history. Coach Mike Skinner won a state championship at Centreville in 2000 and has quickly transformed the Wolverines in just his second year at the helm. Salem (10-2) has won six Virginia AA, Division 4 championships, most recently in 2005. The high school’s home stadium, Salem Football Stadium, plays host to the Division III national championship and seats over 7,000 people. Coach Steve Magenbauer, a former Salem quarterback, led the Spartans to state titles in 2004 and 2005.