Game of the Week: Breakdown
It's Week 3 and for the first time this season all 10 Loudoun schools are in action tonight (and tomorrow, in one case). Four teams have lengthy road trips while one opens up at home against one of the area's best. Here's a quick look at each of tonight's contests.
Park View (1-1) at Liberty (1-0), 7:30
After a last-second loss in their opener, the Patriots bounced back in a big way last week against Millbook, routing the Pioneers 31-6. Senior QB Brandon Lee has his top target back in the form of senior WR Tommy Sedeski and the two have been clicking from the outset this summer. Look for more Lee-to-Sedeski connections tonight as the Patriots look to keep the points flowing in Bealeton. Defensively, they'll need to key on 6-2, 178 pound senior running back Wayne Flemming.
No. 15 Stone Bridge (1-0) at Heritage (0-1), 7:30
The Bulldogs surprised some with their impressive 21-18 win over then-No. 15 Westfield last week. But Heritage Coach Steve Williams knew he would be getting a tough test in Week 2 whether the Bulldogs were "rebuilding" or not. The Pride held their own in the early going against another top team in Broad Run last week, racing out to a 14-0 lead in Ashburn before the Spartans stormed back to claim a victory in their home opener. If Heritage is hoping for a better result in it's own home opener, they'll need to figure out how to stop the versatile combination of Spenser Rositano and Kyle Gouveia. They'll also get a chance to see former Pride QB in a new uniform as junior Brian Rody faces off against his former team - and offensive coordinator. It all makes for a very interesting matchup in Leesburg.
Forest Park (0-2) at Loudoun Valley (1-1), 7:30
To say the Vikings were offensively challenged last season would be quite the understatement. But after averaging a meager 7.5 points per game in 2008, they've come out firing this fall, posting 41 points in a season-opening shutout against Dominion and scoring 17 in a loss to Woodbridge last week. Junior QB Andrew Taylor (6 passing TDs) and senior WR Kyle Kohnen (5 receiving TDs) have been the catalysts for that turnaround and look to continue to build their chemistry tonight in Purcellville. The Bruins have averaged 17.5 points but haven't been able to stop anyone, allowing 37 points in two defeats. (This is where I'll be tonight, weather permitting).
No. 5 Broad Run (2-0) at Jefferson County (0-1), 7
The Spartans got a scare at home against Heritage but rallied back to win their 16th straight. T.J. Peeler rushed for 263 yards on 32 carries and his second touchdown of the game proved to be the difference. Expect Broad Run to focus on coming out stronger tonight in West Virginia and pile on the points against a team their district rivals Potomac Falls routed 42-0 two weeks ago.
Loudoun County (1-0) at Warren County (1-1), 7
The Raiders took their bye in Week 2 and now face a team coming off a loss to Freedom. County was clicking on all cylinders in a 38-0 win over Musselman (W.Va.) in their opener and behind RB Adam Yesuf, their offense should keep rolling tonight. The Wildcats, meanwhile, will look to regain the spark that led them to a 27-7 win over Strasburg in their opener.
Dominion (0-2) at Wakefield (0-1), 7:30
It's been quite a rough start for the Titans, who had high hopes of bouncing back from last season's 1-9 campaign. Offensively they've been stagnant to this point, mustering only nine points in two games, and on the defensive end they've failed to hold their opponents in check. Tonight's matchup against AAA National District cellar dweller Wakefield presents a promising opportunity to get off the schnide and Dominion must get some momentum to build on heading into Dulles District play. The Warriors were hit hard by graduation and dropped their opener 38-6 to Lee.
Brentsville (0-1) at Freedom (1-0), 7:30
The Eagles are riding high after a 21-14 win over Warren County in their opener under Mick Mullins and they get another home game tonight against the Tigers of Brentsville. Senior RB Jeff Pugh had a monstrous first game back from last year's season-ending back injury, mustering 156 yards on 25 carries, scoring two touchdowns, picking off two passes and recovering a fumble. He'll be the biggest factor on offense for the Eagles this season and could have another big night against a Tigers team that dropped its opener 14-0 to Kettle Run.
Kettle Run (1-0) at Potomac Falls (1-1), 7:30
The Panthers tasted defeat courtesy of a team not named Broad Run for the first time since 2007 and it wasn't pretty (41-16 to Martinsburg). Kettle Run is coming off a shutout of Brentsville and will look to pick up another 'W' in Sterling while the Panthers try to harness the offensive firepower they showcased in their 42-0 rout of Jefferson County two weeks ago. Junior QB Zac Hobby has been impressive in his first two games as a starter and Coach Scott Woodlief will continue to put the ball in his hands and call plays to get the ball downfield to receivers Tarrell Owens and Harrison Kee.
Briar Woods (0-2) at Handley (1-0), 1 p.m. (Saturday)
The Falcons and Judges will face off tomorrow afternoon at the Handley Bowl. Going into that hostile environment won't be easy, but Briar Woods is still looking for their first win of the season and need to show improvement in their third contest. The running game has been strong with Michael Brownlee, Steven Fields and Billy McDonald leading the way, but the Falcons still need more production from the quarterback position. The Judges still have senior workhorse Jeremiah Wilson, and they're always strong on the ground and defensively and should pose another stiff test for the Falcons tomorrow afternoon.
September 11, 2009; 11:25 AM ET
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