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A full helping of regional finals

Loudoun's three remaining playoff teams hit the gridiron Friday and Saturday in their respective region finals, looking to clinch a spot in the state semfinals. Stone Bridge hosts Lee in the Northern Region Div. 5 final, Broad Run welcomes Sherando in the Region II Div. 4 title game and in Region II Div. 3, Park View travels to Winchester to take on Handley Saturday afternoon. Three great matchups - all of which should be more intriguing than yesterday's lackluster NFL slate.

Now here are your quick previews of each...


Who: Lee (9-3) at No. 10 Stone Bridge (11-1)

When: Friday, 1:30 p.m.

How they got here: Stone Bridge, the-two time defending region champion, beat Madison, 27-8, in the semifinals, avenging its lone regular season loss. Lee edged Hayfield, 28-24.

Playoff history: Lee is in for the third consecutive year but for the first time with a winning record during that span. Stone Bridge, a AA school when it opened in 2000, is appearing in its eighth region final.

When Lee has the ball: The Lancers claim one of the most productive backfields in the area, highlighted by senior RBs Idreis Augustus and Jazmier Williams. Almost all of Augustus's touchdowns have been from more than 10 yards.

When Stone Bridge has the ball: Junior RB Marcus Harris has rushed for 1,777 yards and 19 touchdowns, and junior RB Kyle Gouveia has totaled more than 1,000 yards rushing and passing.

X-factor: Big-game experience. To win, Lee will have to rise above playing in front of a large partisan crowd, not to mention knock off a program accustomed to hanging region championship banners.

(Preston Williams)


Who: Sherando (9-2) at No. 3 Broad Run (11-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

How they got here: Sherando, the AA Northwestern District champions, defeated local rival James Wood, 13-7, last week behind a last-minute goal-line stand. Broad Run faced its toughest test yet with a 34-27 win over Liberty last week.

Playoff history: Sherando was the Region II champion in 2007 but lost in the state final to Amherst. Broad Run last season went undefeated en route to its first AA Div. 4 state title, downing Amherst in the championship game.

When Sherando has the ball: Senior WR Dalton Boyd, who scored in the victory last week over James Wood, is the main threat for a balanced offense.

When Broad Run has the ball: The Spartans proved they could win through the air when sophomore QB Connor Jessop threw for three touchdowns last week, but they remain a run-first team behind star RB T.J. Peeler (Pittsburgh).

X-factor: Most defenses focus on stopping Peeler, leaving one-on-one coverage with WRs David Weaver and Adrian Flemming (Syracuse). Broad Run will look to break pressure by finding those two.

(Paul Tenorio)


Who: Park View (8-3) at Handley (11-0)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

How they got here: The Patriots overwhelmed Western Albemarle in last week's semifinals, scoring three touchdowns in the opening quarter and rolling to a 35-0 victory. The top-seeded Judges edged Goochland 30-20 in their semifinal matchup.

Playoff history: Park View - which missed the playoffs last season - won the 1988 Div. 4 state title and have not won their region since 2000. Handley has reached the region final in three of the last four years, but last advanced to the state semifinals in 2004.

When Park View has the ball: A dual-threat under center, senior quarterback Brandon Lee has a big arm and is difficult to bring down. The Patriots like to get him plenty of touches in the running game along with senior wide receiver Tommy Sedeski (13 total TDs) who is very dangerous in the return game.

When Handley has the ball: Senior running back Jeremiah Wilson leads a potent rushing attack that features several capable backs and quarterback Geremi Long likes to pull it down and run as well.

X-factor: The big play. The Patriots tallied three touchdown plays of more than 60 yards in their semifinal win and are always a threat to break a big play on offense or special teams. The Judges, who have only allowed two opponents to crack 17 points, are a strong defensive team and will be looking to bottle up Park View's top play-makers.

By Matt Brooks  |  November 27, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Broad Run High School , Football , Northern Region , Park View High School , Region II , Stone Bridge High School  
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