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First Down: Park View Patriots

As we hit the second week of summer practices, it's Park View's turn for a first look.

With training camp underway, we're all anxious to see which teams could contend for district titles and who might surprise some teams in the upcoming season. Over the next few weeks I'll be previewing each of the Dulles District teams with a feature I'm calling "First Down." I'll just do some quick hits with stats and key losses and returning players and tell you what I'll be watching in each team's training camp.

Feel free to contribute any inside information, share notes about up-and-comers from the junior varsity squad or tell my I'm crazy for thinking a certain player is in the running for one starting job or another. As the coaches let on at media day, there are lots of unknowns heading into camp. So feel free to speculate, ruminate and debate any and all football topics here at the Extra Points blog.

Next Up, the Park View Patriots...

Coach: Andy Hill, fifth year
Last Year: 3-7 (2-5 Dulles District)

The theme for Park View this year is "restoration" as they attempt to return to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. Speaking on behalf of head coach Andy Hill at media day, linebackers coach Ed Abner preached the need for a simpler gameplan and more creativity on offense to take advantage of the team's best attributes: speed and strength. With several big bodies up front and plenty of playmakers on both sides of the ball, this year's Patriots could quickly erase the memories of last season's frustrating campaign. Senior quarterback Brandon Lee will be the leader on offense and should excel after getting a full season as the starter under his belt. His arm strength and ability to move the pile make him a potential breakout candidate this fall. Behind him, a collection of speedy receivers and backs - seniors Tommy Sedeski, Nathan Santana and Daryus Beale - highlight the playmaking ability this group brings to the table. They'll need to show great improvement on both sides of the ball to challenge for a district title once again, but a playoff appearance seems like distinct possibility in 2009 if the Patriots can get things going at the right time.

Returning Starters: 6
Overall: 18.3 points per game
Passing: 136-280, 1,738 yds, 15 TDs, 16 INTs
Rushing: 304 carries, 1,224 yds, 9 TDs
Kicking: 0 FGs, 12 XPs

Key Losses
OL/TE Kenny Smith, WR Marcus Freeman, WR Josh Jones, OL Kevin Welch, RB Brandon Absher

Key Returners
QB Brandon Lee (Sr) - 87-195, 1,179 yds, 10 TDs, 13 INTs; 95 carries, 356 yds, 7 TDs
Lee has his ups and downs under center last season, putting up huge numbers against a couple non-district opponents and some of the weaker defenses in the league while struggling against the top dogs. With his size, arm strength and running ability, Lee could develop into one of the district's most prolific passers in this, his senior season. With Hill's high-octane, trick-filled offensive gameplan, Lee is the key. How well he performs will dictate how far this team can go in 2009.

Senior QB Brandon Lee will lead the way on offense. (Photo by Richard A. Lipski, TWP)

WR Tommy Sedeski (Sr) - 10 rec., 128 yds, 3 TDs, 4 carries, 12 yds
A hamstring injury derailed Sedeski's junior season, but the speedy receiver flashed his playmaking ability in limited action. He scored two touchdowns on four catches for 72 yards against Freedom and had another touchdown grab at Briar Woods. Abner indicated Sedeski would be the key catalyst for the Patriots' offense in 2009 which means he should see plenty of touches in the passing game and in the backfield each and every week. Look for Sedeski to make up for lost time in a big way this fall.

RB Daryus Beale (Sr) - 110 carries, 452 yds; 24 rec., 144 yds, TD
Beale didn't post gaudy numbers as the Patriots' lead tailback last season, but that'll happen when you're constantly playing catch-up. He did show his quickness - which continues to be a theme for this year's Park View squad - and should see more carries this season as the Patriots mix it up with their downfield passing attack. His slight build (5-10, 152) means he's not going to be a bruiser between the tackles, but he's not going to shy away from contact and bounce it to the outside all the time either. If the passing attack puts up big numbers early in the season, look for Beale to reap the benefits of less attention focused on the run game.

WR Nathan Santana (Sr) - 2 rec., 18 yds; 7 carries, 23 yds
Despite his limited touches on offense last season, Santana has the speed and ability to replace Josh Jones as a consistent threat in the passing game. He'll need to quickly develop a rapport with his quarterback but once that happens, the senior should step up as a key contributor on both sides of the ball this season.

C Robert Hayes (Sr)
The 6-1, 238-pounder was a load in the middle of both lines a year ago and he'll likely be the anchor of both with the departure of Kenny Smith. The Patriots have size up front which they'll need to create holes for Beale and pass protect for Lee.

TE Jordan Owens (Sr) - 15 rec., 218 yds, TD
Owens became a reliable receiver for Lee as the season progressed, and his two biggest games came in the final two weeks of the season. At 6-2, he provides a big target over the middle while also posessing enough speed to get down the field for big plays and blocking in front of backs and receivers. Look for Owens to be a bit more involved on offense this season.

Returning Starters: 7
Overall: 24.6 points allowed per game
Passing: 62-139, 946 yds, 11 TDs
Rushing: 308 carries, 1,318 yds, 23 TDs
(*yardage totals only for nine games)

Key Losses
DL Kenny Smith, DB Brandon Absher, DB Marcus Freeman, DB Josh Jones, DL Isaiah Bushrod

Key Returners
DL Robert Hayes (Sr), Eric Palmer (Sr), Mike Devaney (Sr)
Hayes and Palmer bring size and leadership to the table - both are co-captains this season - and will be called upon to lead both lines. Devaney is another big body who can blow up defensive lines on offense and rush the quarterback on defense. With sophomore Daniel Villalobos (6-4, 250) and junior Kyle Jeffries in tow, this unit could be one of the toughest in the district.

OLB Brandon Lee (Sr)
Under center, Lee looks like a linebacker, so its only fitting that he'll split his time there on gamedays. His size and strength make him an imposing force for running backs who break through the line and get into the open field. Look for him to rack up the tackles this fall.

Senior QB Brandon Lee will lead the way on offense. (Photo by Dayna Smith, for TWP)

DB Tommy Sedeski (Sr), Nathan Santana (Sr)
Again, this pairing is all about speed. They've got enough to spare and should be able to utilize that to prevent big plays from turning into touchdowns.

Position Battles to Watch
Linebackers - Who will join Lee and senior Michael Devaney as the other men in the middle on this unit?

8/28 - vs. Sherando
9/4 - @ Millbrook
9/11 - @ Liberty
9/25 - @ Broad Run
10/2 - vs. Loudoun County
10/9 - @ Potomac Falls
10/16 - vs. Martinsburg (W.Va.)
10/23 - vs. Briar Woods
10/30 - @ Dominion
11/6 - vs. Freedom

Odds and Ends
- Due to shrinking enrollment numbers at Park View, this season the football team drops down to AA Division 3, meaning instead of the likes of Broad Run, Loudoun County and Potomac Falls, they'll be fighting for a playoff spot with Dominion and Freedom along with several other teams from outside the district.
- The Patriots are challenging themselves right off the bat with a strong non-district schedule leading into the first Dulles contest at Broad Run on September 25. They host Sherando before travelling to Millbrook and Liberty (which just dropped down to AA) in advance of their visit to Ashburn. We should learn a lot about this team and they'll learn plenty about themselves in this tough opening stretch.
- According to Abner, the Patriots plan on taking a page from "Broad Run's book" and playing their top players more. Look for Hill to keep his studs - Lee, Sedeski, Santana and Beale - on the field as much as possible to give them the opportunity to use their playmakign ability more. Several top teams from around the area use this approach frequently and it often pays off. So while younger, more inexperienced players might not get quite as much time on the field, the guys who give the team the best chance to win will get their hands on the ball or their helmets on an offensive player much more often.

Coach's Corner
- "They almost wanted to do the symbolic burying of the last year and let's get on with the next year. They started Day 2, right after the season ended, they were back in there erasing all of those memories and thoughts. Remembering what it was like and vowing never to see it again. This senior leadership has been phenomenal. These kids are working as hard as I've ever seen. They're ready to erase that last year and almost make it seem like an anomoly. It's not going to happen again.
- "This is high school and your best kids need to play. It's a three-way street. In our version it's ability, motivation and attitude and you need all three. But you have to have the ability. I believe that you're going to see Brandon Lee as a quarterback, a linebacker and a punter. That's pretty much how we're looking at it. We're taking a page from the philosophy of some very successful high school programs last year and in year's past. And we're going to make that happen." - Coach Abner

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By Matt Brooks  |  August 4, 2009; 3:17 PM ET
Categories:  Dulles District , Football , High School Sports , Park View High School  | Tags: Dulles District, Football, Park View High School  
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