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(Tuesday) (Afternoon) Quarterback

With volleyball district tournaments taking place this week, I've been utterly swamped, so apologies for the tardiness on this usual Monday fixture. But since we're a day late, you get a double dose of gridiron goodness - the MAQB and Top Performers all rolled into one mega entry. I'll also tack on updated district standings and the latest VHSL power point playoff standings. So let's get to it...

The playoff picture: tickets punched, and more to come?
With one week left in the regular season, several Loudoun teams are locked into the playoffs while a few others remain on the fringe, needed a win - and help in some cases - in order to reach the second season.

Broad Run rolled to a third consecutive undefeated regular season, locking up the top spot in the Region II Division 4 playoffs. As a result, we won't see the Spartans on the field again until the semifinals in three weeks. Stone Bridge is also a lock to host at least a first round game in the Northern Region, and could be the top seed with a win on Friday against South Lakes. After trouncing Dominion on the road last week, Park View also has guaranteed itself a return trip to the Region II Division 3 playoffs following a one-year playoff drought. But beyond those three teams, there is much left to be decided this Friday night.

Both Dominion and Loudoun Valley control their own destinies The Titans currently occupy the sixth and final spot in the Region II Division 3 playoff picture, 0.7 points ahead of seventh place Skyline. All Dominion needs to do is win at Briar Woods on Friday, to lock up the program's first-ever postseason berth. But that may be easier said than done, as Briar Woods - a Division 4 longshot, but not out of the picture yet - will have plenty to play for on senior night and was impressive in a 24-10 win over Park View heading into its week 10 bye.

For the Vikings, the task is much tougher as undefeated No. 9 Battlefield visits Purcellville on senior night. Valley needs a win to complete a remarkable two-year turnaround under Coach Danny McGrath and that won't come without a fight from the Bobcats, who are vying for the top seed in Division 6 of the Northwest Region.

Needless to say, there will be plenty of drama on the football field Friday night with seedings and seasons on the line all over Loudoun.

Stone Bridge's streak continues
Only two weeks ago, the Bulldogs looked like they might finally be ousted from the top shelf of the Liberty District. After stampeding league opponents to the tune of an undefeated record since entering the district in 2005, Stone Bridge had just fallen to Madison and was deadlocked with South Lakes for first place. But my, how quickly things change.

After squeaking past Langley thanks to Spenser Rositano's last second field goal block, the Bulldogs finally put together a complete game in a 38-21 win at McLean to improve to 5-1 in the district and 8-1 overall. Meanwhile South Lakes stumbled, dropping a 46-20 shocker to Dominion and then falling 24-21 to Langley for a third straight defeat. As a result, the Bulldogs have already clinched a share of the district crown, and a win over the Seahawks on senior night in Ashburn will give them a fifth straight Liberty District title.

All season long, Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson has expressed frustration over his team's deficiencies on both sides of the ball, admitting the 2009 Bulldogs are a far cry from their predecessors. But over the last two weeks, this group has come together and with a win on Friday, should enter the Northern Region tournament as the top seed in the eight-team field.

The quarterback situation is still shaky, with junior Kyle Gouveia showing signs of improvement following last week's two-touchdown performance and junior Brian Rody just back from injury, and the Bulldogs continue to give up the occasional big play on defense. But Marcus Harris and a strong offensive line up front lead a dynamic rushing attack and Gouveia and Rositano are the type of multi-dimensional players that are always a threat in Thompson's system. This is not a team that will plow through the region, winning by landslide margins. But ask most coaches around the area if they'd want to see Stone Bridge early on in the postseason and you'll get a resounding chorus of "No thank you."

Getting chesty over celebrations
There's little to be said that hasn't already been discussed regarding the two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties whistled against Broad Run's T.J. Peeler in Friday's win over Potomac Falls. The consensus seems to be, chest-bump celebrations following Peeler's long touchdown run and a score by a teammate - one of which took place on the sideline - were relatively innocuous and far from the pre-meditated, choreographed celebrations the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty is meant to prevent.

Paul Tenorio - remember that guy? - discussed the potential ramifications of Peeler's ensuing ejection and also chatted with Dennis Hall, the commissioner of the Northern Virginia Football Officials Association, who had yet to view the plays in question.

From what I could tell from watching the tape, the flags were entirely unnecessary and one would expect the ruling to be overturned, which would allow Peeler - a stand-up individual and hard-nosed player - to play in the team's Region II Division 4 semifinal game. Robbing a senior of the chance to compete alongside his teammates in the biggest game of the season, because of a chest bump, seems more than extreme, and I, for one, hope that cooler heads prevail in this instance. That's just my two cents.

Top Performers: Week 10
A few fresh faces highlight this week's top performers following a week of very one-sided games.

QB: Austin Campbell, Loudoun County
The senior threw five touchdown passes in a 45-10 win over Freedom, finishing 10 of 20 for 247 yards with one pick. The five passing touchdowns is the most for any Loudoun quarterback in one game this season.

RB: Marcus Harris, Stone Bridge
The Bulldogs' leading rusher registered his second-consecutive 200-yard effort and third of the season as he rumbled for 200 yards and two scores on 33 carries. Harris, who also caught one pass for 8 yards, has seen his carries per game rise from just under 20 to 38 over the last two weeks. He's now up to 1,297 yards on the year.

WR: Michael Ayoub, Loudoun County
Ayoub continued his recent run of stellar performances, catching three touchdown passes from 23, 20 and 12 yards out to increase his season total to 8 TD receptions. He had six catches for 148 yards on the night.

PK: Kevin Flamenco, Park View
The Patriots' junior kicker is becoming more and more reliable by the week. With a 29-yard field goal and a perfect 4-4 night on extra points, Flamenco has three field goals and 27 points in the last three weeks.

O-Line: Stone Bridge
The Bulldogs' line bulldozed the Highlanders as Stone Bridge totaled 340 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries.

Defense: Park View
The Patriots bottled up Deadre Reaves - who had been tearing it up in the wildcat - holding the junior to a mere 24 yards on 21 carries while forcing a fumble and intercepting a pass in a 31-0 blowout in Sterling. Led by dominating line play and great tackling, Park View only allowed 85 yards of total offense on the night to a Dominion team that had just dropped 46 points on South Lakes.

Playmaker: QB Andrew Taylor, Loudoun Valley
The Vikings' junior signal-caller completed 13 of 20 passes for 227 yards, 2 touchdowns and an INT in a rout of Heritage. Taylor had not cracked 200 yards since a win over Forest Park in week 3 and now has 15 touchdown passes on the season.

Other notable performances...
QB Kyle Gouveia, Stone Bridge - 5 of 11, 120 yards, 2 TDs; 5 carries, 40 yards, TD
QB Chris Jessop, Broad Run - 12-18, 261 yards, 4 TDs
WR David Weaver, Broad Run - 4 rec., 67 yards, 2 TDs; 72-yard punt return TD
WR Tommy Sedeski, Park View - 15 carries, 99 yards, 2 TDs; 1 rec., 5 yards
WR Garret Kranias, Loudoun Valley - 4 rec., 83 yards, TD

Think I missed someone? Let me know who and why below!

And make sure you vote on this week's All-Met watch for offense and defense!

District Standings

Dulles District Standings
1. Broad Run----------(6-0)-----(10-0)
2. Loudoun County---(3-2)-----(7-2)
3. Park View-----------(3-2)-----(6-3)
4. Briar Woods--------(3-2)-----(3-6)
5. Dominion------------(2-3)-----(4-5)
6. Potomac Falls------(1-4)-----(3-6)
6. Freedom------------(0-5)-----(2-7)

Cedar Run District
1. Battlefield------------(3-0)-----(9-0)
2. Osbourn-------------(2-1)-----(6-3)
3. Loudoun Valley-----(2-1)-----(6-3)
4. Heritage-------------(1-2)-----(2-7)
5. Stonewall Jackson-(0-4)-----(3-7)

Liberty District
1. Stone Bridge--------(5-1)-----(8-1)
2. Fairfax-----------------(4-2)-----(5-4)
2. Madison---------------(4-2)-----(5-4)
2. South Lakes---------(4-2)-----(5-4)
5. McLean---------------(3-3)-----(5-4)
6. Langley---------------(3-3)-----(4-5)
7. Marshall--------------(1-5)-----(1-8)
8. Thomas Jefferson--(0-6)-----(0-9)

VHSL Power Points Playoff Picture

AAA Northern Region
Division 5 (8)
1. Stone Bridge (8-1) 29.0
2. Lee (6-3) 27.7
3. Edison (7-2) 26.7
4. Hayfield (7-2) 26.6
5. Madison (5-4) 26.0
6. McLean (5-4) 23.6
7. Yorktown (5-4) 23.6
8. South Lakes (5-4) 23.4
9. Washington-Lee (5-4) 23.0
10. Falls Church (4-5) 21.7
11. Stuart (3-6) 19.1
12. Marshall (1-8) 18.3
13. Wakefield (0-9) 16.7
14. Thomas Jefferson (0-9) 16.6
15. Mount Vernon (0-9) 16.6

AAA Northwest Region
Division 6 (6)
1. Battlefield (9-0) 33.1
2. Woodbridge (9-0) 31.1
3. Colonial Forge (8-1) 31.0
4. Osbourn Park (7-2) 27.8
5. Franklin County (8-1) 27.0
6. Riverbend (7-2) 26.8
7. Loudoun Valley (6-3) 25.7
8. Gar-Field (5-3) 24.8
9. Hylton (4-4) 22.7
10. Stonewall Jackson (3-7) 21.2
11. Forest Park (1-8) 18.4
12. Patrick Henry-Roanoke (2-7) 17.9

Division 5 (6)
1. Massaponax (7-2) 27.4
2. North Stafford (7-2) 27.4
3. Brooke Point (5-4) 26.0
4. Osbourn (6-3) 25.9
5. George Washington-Danville (5-4) 24.9
6. William Fleming (6-2) 23.6
7. Mountain View (4-5) 22.3
8. Heritage (2-7) 21.9
9. Stafford (2-7) 20.0
10. Potomac (1-8) 19.1
11. Halifax County (1-8) 17.2
12. Freedom (Prince William) (0-9) 17.0
13. Albemarle (0-9) 15.2

Region II
Division 4 (6)
1. Broad Run (10-0) 28.8
2. Sherando (7-2) 26.7
3. Loudoun County (7-2) 26.0
4. James Wood (6-3) 21.9
5. Liberty (6-3) 21.8
6. Louisa County (6-3) 21.6
7. Fauquier (5-4) 21.0
8. Briar Woods (3-6) 19.9
9. Orange (4-5) 19.1
10. Potomac Falls (3-6) 18.3
11. Freedom (South Riding) (2-7) 14.7
12. Brentsville (0-9) 12.8

Division 3 (6)
1. Handley (9-0) 28.4
2. Western Albemarle (9-0) 26.7
3. Park View (6-3) 26.0
4. Goochland (7-1) 23.1
5. Millbrook (5-4) 21.2
7. Dominion (4-5) 20.9
7. Skyline (5-4) 20.2
8. Monticello (3-6) 18.3
9. Charlottesville (3-6) 17.7
10. Fluvanna (3-6) 16.3
11. Warren County (3-6) 16.1
12. Kettle Run (2-7) 15.1
13. William Monroe (0-9) 13.2

And finally, here's what's on the schedule this week in Loudoun...
South Lakes at Stone Bridge, 7:30
Dominion at Briar Woods, 7:30
Potomac Falls at Loudoun County, 7:30
Freedom-South Riding at Park View, 7:30
Battlefield at Loudoun Valley, 7:30

By Matt Brooks  |  November 3, 2009; 11:58 AM ET
Categories:  Briar Woods High School , Broad Run High School , Cedar Run District , Dominion High School , Dulles District , Football , Liberty District , Loudoun County High School , Loudoun Valley High School , Park View High School , Potomac Falls High School , Stone Bridge High School  
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