Virginia 6A North region final
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
How they got here: Centreville (13-0) defeated Stonewall Jackson, 55-27, marking the sixth victory in which the Wildcats broke the 50-point barrier this season. Westfield (11-2) erased a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to upset previously undefeated Lake Braddock, 19-16, avenging a loss to the Bruins earlier in the season. The Bulldogs had lost in the fourth round of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
When Centreville has the ball: The Wildcats possess a plethora of playmakers, led by wide receiver Charles Tutt and running back A.J. Turner, who has scored 28 times, including a 92-yard kickoff return in last week’s win. Centreville works to wear teams down with a balance of power in its Wing-T rushing attack and the speed of its players, who can take short throws from quarterback Scott Walter and turn them into long gains.
When Westfield has the ball: The Bulldogs eat up yards and clock behind aggressive rushers Tyler Thrasher-Walker (1,822 rushing yards) and Evan Gray. Thrasher-Walker is a game-time decision Saturday after injuring his left knee in last week’s win, but Gray proved himself capable in relief, rushing for a career-high 159 yards and the game-winning touchdown against Lake Braddock. Devon Burns is a player to watch with his speed on kick returns and along the edges on screen passes.
Skinny: Both teams hail from the Concorde District and are plenty familiar with one other from past rivalry games, including Centreville’s 28-0 rout of Westfield on Nov. 11. If the Bulldogs are without Thrasher-Walker, it could be tough to open up offensive opportunities against Centreville’s stingy defense. But since then, the Bulldogs have gained confidence by racking up seven straight victories. The winner will advance to next Saturday’s 6A final. Centreville last reached the title game in 2011 while Westfield made it in 2007 as part of an undefeated championship run.