Top 5 Power Poll: Week 10
Each Wednesday I rank the top five teams in Loudoun and include some insight on why I ranked them the way I did. All five teams won last week, so there's no movement, but playoff seeding is on the line Friday night as the regular season wraps up in Loudoun.
1. (No. 3) Broad Run (10-0)
Previous Rank: 1
Last Week: def. Potomac Falls 47-7
This Week: Bye
With a third consecutive undefeated regular season in the books, the Spartans have nothing to do but wait to see who they'll play in the Region II Division 4 semifinals. They'll also be anxiously awaiting the ruling on T.J. Peeler's impending suspension for a pair of innocuous chest bumps during their rout of the Panthers. The loss of their top offensive player could be the only thing capable of derailing this team's return reservations for the state playoffs.
2. Stone Bridge (8-1)
Last Week: def. McLean 38-21
This Week: Friday vs. South Lakes (5-4), 7:30
The Bulldogs finally got things going on offense against the Highlanders and returned to the top spot in the Northern Region Division 5 power point standings. They've already clinched at least a share of their fifth straight Liberty District title, but a win on senior night against the slumping Seahawks would ensure they wouldn't have to share it. This team still has a few concerns on either side of the ball - namely production from the quarterback position and limiting big plays on defense - but if they can catch fire heading into the playoffs, they'll be tough to beat.
3. Loudoun Valley (6-3)
Last Week: def. Heritage 35-0
This Week: Friday vs. Battlefield (9-0), 7:30
The Vikings hammered a short-handed Pride team to remain just on the cusp of the AAA Northwest Region Division 6 playoffs. So it all comes down to Friday night in Purcellville. Knock off the No. 9 team in the area and you're in. Lose and...well...lose and you better hope the teams above you lose too, and you just might be able to sneak in on power points. No matter what happens the rest of the way, Danny McGrath and company have done a tremendous job of turning things around from last year's 1-9 season to being on the verge of making the playoffs in one year's time.
4. Park View (6-3)
Last Week: def. Dominion 31-0
This Week: Friday vs. Freedom (2-7), 7:30
A week after suffering a frustrating defeat to Briar Woods, the Patriots came back with a vengeance, trouncing Dominion to solidify their hold on a first round home game in the Region II Division 3 playoffs. Closing out the regular season with a win over struggling Freedom on senior night could be just enough to give Park View a first round bye, but that's not something Coach Andy Hill necessarily wants.
5. Loudoun County (7-2)
Last Week: def. Freedom 45-10
This Week: Friday vs. Potomac Falls (3-6), 7:30
The Raiders round out their schedule against the two teams with the worst records in the league in back to back weeks. Not the best preparation for the postseason, but it should enable County to get everything in line for a second straight appearance in the Region II Division 4 quarterfinals. If the playoffs started today, the Raiders would be matched up with Louisa County with a semifinal date with Sherando looming - a team County edged 13-10 on the road back in Week 3.
Disagree with my rankings? Let me hear it and share your own below. Or better yet, rank 'em yourself!
November 4, 2009; 4:41 PM ET
Categories: Broad Run High School , Football , Loudoun County High School , Loudoun Valley High School , Park View High School , Stone Bridge High School , Top 5 Power Rankings
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