Are You Ready for Some Football?!?!?
Tonight, teams from around the area kickoff the 2009 season, including seven of the 10 schools in Loudoun. Here's a quick look at each of those matchups.
Broad Run at Fauquier - 7:30 p.m.
The defending AA state champs open up shop against a formidable foe in the form of the Fauquier Falcons - a team that finished 7-3 a year ago in the AAA Cedar Run District but has dropped down to AA after an enrollment drop-off. With thunderstorms a distinct possibility in Warrenton and around the area this evening, expect the Spartans to feed star running back T.J. Peeler early and often to avoid putting too much pressure on an inexperienced quarterback. Broad Run should be considered the favorite with so much talent returning from last season's undefeated squad, but the Falcons are no slouches themselves, having lost all three of their games a year ago by seven points or fewer.
(Read Broad Run's season preview here)
(Keep reading to see the rest of tonight's matchups...)
Dominion at Loudoun Valley - 7:30 p.m.
It's a battle of second-year coaches as Karl Buckwalter leads the Titans into Purcellville looking for a strong start to the season against Danny McGrath and the Vikings. Both teams finished with a single victory in 2008, but both return a host of starters from last season and appear poised to take a big step forward this fall. The key to everything for Dominion is the play of junior RB DeAndre Reaves and his success depends heavily on the performance of an improved offensive line. If they can give their tailback running lanes, the Titans should be able to move the ball. But Valley will be keying on the run and forcing the Titans to make plays through the air, so this game just might come down to junior QB Trey Baxter's ability to make plays with his arm and legs against the Valley D. Don't expect a high-scoring affair with the defenses being the stronger units on both of these squads, but it could be a back-and-forth battle until the end.
(Read Dominion's season preview here)
(Read Valley's season preview here)
Camp Quotes: "All we need is two wins - either non-district or in the district - to build our confidence back up. Once we have that confidence, we're going to be hard to stop. We have so much speed, it's ridiculous. We don't want another 1-9 season, so once we get those two wins, we'll start believing that we can do it." - Junior RB DeAndre Reaves
Jefferson (W.Va.) at Potomac Falls - 7:30 p.m.
Last season the Panthers crushed Jefferson 31-14 to complete a three-game rout of West Virginia schools in their non-district schedule. The Cougars will be hoping for a better showing in Sterling with the graduation of most of the Panthers' weapons from 2008. This will be the first varsity start for junior QB Zac Hobby, but Coach Scott Woodlief may limit his throws in poor weather conditions, instead handing the ball off to junior tailback Leo Pittman III and several other backs. Potomac Falls had the highest scoring offense in the league a year ago but without Gregory Woodlief running the show, look for their scoring average to come way down. Still, the Panthers will try to get points on the board early to put the pressure on the visiting Cougars. (Read Potomac Falls season preview here)
Camp Quotes: "I feel personally that we have one of the harder schedules before district play. Some of these West Virginia teams are just as tough or even tougher than some of the teams in our district this year, and then we've got Liberty. I feel like those games will be real good tests for us. " - Senior DE Mason Mehalic
Millbrook at Briar Woods - 7:30 p.m.
This has become quite the rivalry over the last three years as the two teams have met three times since 2007, including a 27-24 Millbrook victory in the '07 regional playoffs. The Falcons got revenge with a 27-13 win in last year's opener, but both teams lost a lot from their rosters and tonight's rivalrly renewal will feature plenty of fresh faces. Senior QB Austin Frattali was at the helm for Briar Woods last August and will try to go 2-0 against the Pioneers, but the play of the offensive line and the success of the ground game will be critical for the offense to find an early rhythm. If you're looking for the night's best game, this could be it. (Read Briar Woods season preview here)
Musselman (W.Va.) at Loudoun County - 7:30 p.m.
In another rematch of a 2008 season opener, the Raiders get another crack at a team they throttled 20-2 last August. Joe Bushrod threw for a season-high three touchdowns in that one, but he's since graduated, leaving senior Austin Campbell to take over the reigns. With senior WR Michael Ayoub and TE Chase Williams as targets, Campbell would benefit greatly from a strong start to the season with a touchdown pass or two against Musselman. That said, the Raiders were all about the ground game last season and will look to establish new starter Mike Howard from the get-go. County is a popular pick to make it back to the Region II, Division 4 playoffs this season and another strong start in the non-district schedule would be a nice first step toward achieving that goal.
(Read County's season preview here)
Sherando at Park View - 7:30 p.m.
The Patriots begin their first season in Division 3 against a Sherando team that went 7-3 last season. Despite a 3-7 finish of their own, Park View returns the bulk of their offense in senior QB Brandon Lee, senior RB Daryus Beale and senior WR Tommy Sedeski. Those three playmakers will handle the ball a ton this season in Andy Hill's creative offensive sets and will see plenty of action tonight in the opener. The Patriots defense was eaten up by the run at times last season, which just so happens to be where the Warriors excel - they scored 31 rushing TDs in 2008. Park View needs to put points on the board early and buckle down on defense in a game that could be one of the higher scoring affairs around this evening.
(Read Park View's season preview here)
Camp Quotes: "The attitude is completely different this year. We realize, especially since we moved down to Division 3, there's no reason we should not win the state championship. The main thing is just the attitude." - Senior WR Tommy Sedeski
Check back at ExtraPoints on Monday for the first fall edition of the Monday (Afternoon) Quarterback to see how these games played out.
August 28, 2009; 11:01 AM ET
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