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Top 5 Power Rankings: Week 3

Each Wednesday I'll rank the top five teams in Loudoun and include some insight on why I ranked them the way I did. There was no movement this week as all five ranked teams won their games to hold their places in the standings, but we could have some shakeups after tomorrow night as the matchups get much tougher for several area teams.

1. (No. 5) Broad Run (3-0)
Last Week: def. Jefferson (W.Va.) 40-7
This Week: Thursday vs. Wilson (D.C.) (1-2)
As expected, the Spartans have cruised in their first three contests - despite a brief scare from Heritage in Week 2. They should roll past another out-of-state opponent in Woodrow Wilson this week, pushing their record to 4-0 heading into next week's Dulles District opener against Park View.

2. (No. 13) Stone Bridge (2-0)
Last Week: def. Heritage 25-14
This Week: Thursday at West Springfield (1-1)
It might not be pretty, but the Bulldogs continue to get the job done against tough opponents. They fell behind 8-0 early but battled back behind a tremendous individual effort from junior tailback Marcus Harris (26 carries, 132 yds, 3 TDs). The Spartans' offense is far more fluid and potent than what Stone Bridge has seen so far this fall, so their defense will be called upon to make plays while the offense tries to extend drives - something they've struggled to do on several occasions this season.

3. Loudoun County (2-0)
Last Week: def. Warren County 42-7
This Week: Thursday at Sherando (3-0)
The Raiders steamrolled Musselman on the ground in Week 1 but took to the air in their win over the Wildcats. Senior quarterback Austin Campbell - who struggled in his first start this season - was the offensive catalyst, throwing for 201 yards and 3 TDs on 12-15 passing. He'll have to step up again tomorrow night for the Raiders to knock the Warriors from the ranks of the unbeaten.

4. Park View (2-1)
Last Week: def. Liberty 28-25
This Week: Bye
After suffering a 3-point loss to start the season, the Patriots got a measure of revenge against Liberty on the legs of senior quarterback Brandon Lee (16 carries, 221 yds, 2 TDs). They get the week off to rest and recouperate in advance on next Friday's titanic district opener at arch-rivals Broad Run.

5. Potomac Falls (2-1)
Last Week: def. Kettle Run 13-7
This Week: Thursday at Liberty (2-1)
The Panthers eked out a win at home last week, but injuries to starting quarterback Zac Hobby and top wideout Tarrell Owens are causes for concern heading into Bealton to take on a tough Eagles squad eager to bounce back from last week's narrow loss to Park View. Potomac Falls will need to do more offensively in this one if they want to head into district play with a 4-1 mark.

On the Bubble: Loudoun Valley (2-1), Heritage (0-2), Freedom (2-0)

Disagree with my rankings? Let me hear it and share your own below.

By Matt Brooks  |  September 16, 2009; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  Broad Run High School , Football , High School Sports , Loudoun County High School , Park View High School , Potomac Falls High School , Stone Bridge High School , Top 5 Power Rankings  
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Loudoun Valley's a AAA team that is 2-1, its quarterback (Andrew Taylor) leads the area in passing, two of its receivers (Cole Miller and Garrett Karnias) lead in receiving yards, and a third (Kyle Kohnen) leads in catching TD passes (5), as Taylor has thrown 7 this year. You'd think that would be enough to get them into the area's Top 5.

Posted by: hphokie | September 16, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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