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Top 5 Power Rankings: Week 5

Each Wednesday I rank the top five teams in Loudoun and include some insight on why I ranked them the way I did. No changes this week but with Heritage's comeback win over No. 5 Loudoun Valley, they're hot on the Vikes' heels. Friday's Loudoun County-Park View matchup will provide some more clarity in the middle of the rankings as well.

5. (No. 4) Broad Run (4-0)
Previous Rank: 1
Last Week: def. Park View 52-22
This Week: Friday vs. Briar Woods (1-4), 7:30
The Spartans put on a clinic against their rivals from Sterling and it all started up front with the play of both lines. On offense, seniors Taylor Evans and Johnny Meier helped bulldoze holes for T.J. Peeler to run through en route to 197 yards and a score while giving budding sophomore quarterback Connor Jessop all the pass protection he needed to hookup with Adrian Flemming for three touchdowns. And on the defensive line, seniors Alex Evans, Frank Foreman, Kevin Kotwas and Michael Reigel simply blew up Park View's running game meeting Daryus Beale in the backfield before he could even turn up the field. By the looks of it, the Spartans are using the exact same formula that led them to a state title in 2008 and right now, it doesn't appear that anyone in the district can stop them. The matchup with Ashburn rivals Briar Woods always brings intensity and intrigue, but don't be shocked if we see a repeat of last year's 29-0 rout.

2. (No. 11) Stone Bridge (3-0)
PR: 2
Last Week: def. Jefferson 56-0
This Week: Friday vs. Marshall (0-4), 7:30
The Bulldogs used last week's cushy matchup with Jefferson to work on their struggling passing game and from the stats (12-14, 246 yds, 2 TDs) it appears sophomore signal-caller Brian Rody was able to iron out some of his mistakes from prior weeks. Going up against another winless league opponent, look for the starters to work on their rhythm for a second straight week and then give way to the backups. For the first time in a long time, there wasn't much hype surrounding the Bulldogs coming into the season, but yet again, here they are, four weeks into the season...still undefeated and with a great opportunity to run the Liberty District table once again.

3. Loudoun County (4-0)
PR: 3
Last Week: def. Liberty 35-16
This Week: Friday at Park View, 7:30
The Raiders picked up a very nice win over a strong Liberty squad to close out a perfect non-district campaign. Now they hit the Dulles District where they look like the only team that has a chance of challenging Broad Run for the league title. It all starts with defense and a strong running game for Coach Todd Hill's troops, but don't sleep on senior quarterback Austin Campbell. As Park View Coach Andy Hill told me yesterday, he's not flashy, but he's incredibly efficient and doesn't make mistakes. After a two touchdown performance against the Eagles, Campbell is now 38-of-50 for 568 yards and five touchdowns with a single interception. Add that to the effectiveness of the running game with Adam Yesuf (575 yds, 6 TDs) churning up yardage and a fundamentally sound defense that doesn't give up big plays and you've got a team built for a long postseason run.

4. Park View (2-2)
PR: 4
Last Week: lost to Broad Run 52-22
This Week: Friday vs. Loudoun County (4-0), 7:30
The best medicine for the Patriots following Friday's debacle is watch the film, correct their mistakes and move forward quickly. They don't have time to rehash the loss with another undefeated district foe rolling into town this weekend. Andy Hill told me this game is not a must win for his team since they're now in Division 3 and could still rebound for a playoff run. That said, he acknowledged a need for substantial improvement from last week's effort from the players and the coaching staff. Park View is not on par with Broad Run and that was made quite clear last Friday night, but the Patriots have the talent and experience to compete at a much higher level than they showed in Ashburn. Look for a more focused, better prepared group to take the field in Sterling this week, aiming to topple a very sound Raiders squad.

5. Loudoun Valley (3-2)
PR: 5
Last Week: lost to Heritage 21-17
This Week: Bye
The Vikings battled back to take a late lead at home against their new Cedar Run neighbors but couldn't stave off Austin Nelson's third touchdown pass of the night in a narrow defeat. A passing game that had been the staple of Valley's early season run let them down against the Pride, as two interceptions and a lack of productivity through the air took their toll. Fortunately for the Vikings, that contest does not factor into the district standings as the two teams will meet again in Leesburg a few weeks down the road. Valley gets the week off to regroup and correct their mistakes before heading full on into a challenging district schedule.

On the Bubble: Heritage (1-3), Dominion (2-2), Freedom (2-2), Potomac Falls (2-3)

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

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

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

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

By Matt Brooks  |  September 30, 2009; 3:03 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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While Broad Run has a very good team, they have had a pretty easy non-district schedule when compared to Stone Bridge so I would place SB ahead of BR. Wish the ADs would put on the schedule every Ashburn team. Handicapping high school football is fairly easy when you look at which team has the most DI athletes. Neither the Liberty or Dulles districts seem to have any DI athletes on a regular basis other than SB, and this year Dulles with BR's tandem of Peeler and Flemming, so it should come as no surprise that SB and BR will cruise through their respective districts. SB has at least played some teams with DI type athletes even though SB might be without any high caliber players this year, at least with the senior class. Even more credit to their coach who makes the most of what he has even though through the years he hasn't had mucg DI talent when compared to other schools in the metro area.

Posted by: Verisimilitude | October 1, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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