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Top 5 Power Poll: Week 6

Each Wednesday I rank the top five teams in Loudoun and include some insight on why I ranked them the way I did. With Park View knocking Loudoun County from the ranks of the unbeaten, the two swapped spots while the rest of the Top 5 remained the same. Dominion's three straight wins have them firmly on the bubble.

1. (No. 4) Broad Run (6-0)
Previous Rank: 1
Last Week: def. Briar Woods 27-12
This Week: Friday at Dominion (3-2), 7:30
The Spartans couldn't shake a scrappy Briar Woods squad, but they were able to pull away in the fourth quarter to improve their district winning streak to 22 games. T.J. Peeler cracked 1,000 yards on the season and continues to be an unstoppable force when he gets through the line of scrimmage. After the anticlimactic rout of Park View, they might be better off having been tested a bit by the Falcons. Regardless, they're not going to underestimate the streaking Titans, not after Dominion was within 14-6 and driving in the fourth quarter of Broad Run's 2008 homecoming game.

2. (No. 11) Stone Bridge (5-0)
PR: 2
Last Week: def. Marshall 28-0
This Week: Friday at Fairfax">Fairfax (3-3), 7:30
After benefiting from two missed field goals in the first quarter, the Stone Bridge defense boarded up their half of the field, yielding a measly four yards of total offense while forcing 10 punts. That effort enabled the Bulldogs to survive a sluggish start and continue their string of dominance over the Liberty District. The thing to watch here is the quarterback position where Brian Rody reportedly left the game with an arm injury and was replaced by Kyle Gouveia, who threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score. Rody has the big arm, but Gouveia knows the system better and if the Bulldogs continue to emphasize the run, he may be a better fit. Regardless, they're better off with both guys healthy and able to rotate in and out of the lineup. Just something to monitor...

3. Park View (3-2)
PR: 4
Last Week: def. Loudoun County 28-13
This Week: Friday at Potomac Falls (2-3), 7:30
The Patriots needed to make a statement after what they themselves called an embarrassing loss at Broad Run and respond they did. Tommy Sedeski stepped up big and showed why he needs at least 10 touches per game for Park View. Senior tailback Daryus Beale finally broke through for his first touchdown of the season and Brandon Lee was solid and relatively mistake-free. But the biggest surprise came on defense where an undersized Patriots line - missing All-District lineman Robert Hayes - was opportunistic and fundamentally sound, using their speed to match County's size and shut down the Raiders' running game. There's no need for added motivation against a Potomac Falls team that came into Sterling Park and beat the Patriots for the first time in school history last season. The Panthers were banged up heading into last week's bye, however, and the Patriots look to have the edge going in.


Brandon Lee and the Patriots are on the move again after their win over Loudoun County. (Photo by Richard A. Lipski, TWP)

4. Loudoun County (4-1)
PR: 3
Last Week: lost to Park View 28-13
This Week: Friday vs. Briar Woods, 7:30
The Raiders looked like they might cruise into a Week 9 matchup at Broad Run with first place in the Dulles District online. Park View was having none of that and really took it to County on the ground and on the defensive end. The Raiders ditched the running game surprisingly early, instead going almost exclusively to the passing game in an effort to play catch up. Austin Campbell threw for a whopping 330 yards on 21-of-41 but was intercepted twice for two of the team's three turnovers. Briar Woods will come to play after it put forth a strong effort in a loss to Broad Run, so the Raiders will need to produce on the ground and through the air and limit big rushing plays to get back on track in the district.

5. Loudoun Valley (3-2)
PR: 5
Last Week: Bye
This Week: Friday at Osbourn (4-2), 7:30
The Vikings were off last week, which gave them plenty of time to prepare for their first Cedar Run contest of the season at Osbourn. The Eagles, meantime, were pounding Heritage - which notched a come-from-behind victory against Valley in a game the Vikes let get away. Turnovers have been an issue on offense, but Valley has shown better balance between the run and the pass in recent weeks, which needs to continue for them to knock off a very capable team. The defense will also be looking to bounce back from a dismal second half at Heritage which means containing dual-threat quarterback Thomas Keith.

On the Bubble: Dominion (3-2)

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

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

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

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

And finally, here's your "If the playoffs began today" picture for Loudoun's teams. Right now, one AAA school and five AA schools would be in.
(Loudoun teams in bold)

AAA Northern Region
Division 5 (8)
1. Lee (5-0) 28.4
2. Stone Bridge (5-0) 26.0
3. Edison (4-1) 24.2
4. South Lakes (4-1) 23.8
5. McLean (3-2) 22.6
t6. Madison (3-2) 22.4
t6. Hayfield (3-2) 22.4
8. Yorktown (2-3) 19.6
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9. Washington-Lee (2-3) 19.2
10. Stuart (3-2) 18.8
11. Falls Church (1-4) 16.6
12. Marshall (0-5) 16.0
13. Thomas Jefferson (0-5) 15.0
14. Wakefield (0-5) 14.8
15. Mount Vernon (0-5) 14.4

AAA Northwest Region
Division 6 (4)
1. Battlefield 29.7
2. Woodbridge 28.4
3. Osbourn Park 26.8
4. Colonial Forge 24.6
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5. Riverbend 24.4
6. Loudoun Valley 22.4
7. Gar-Field 21.7
8. Stonewall Jackson 20.8
9. Franklin County 20.6
10. Hylton 20.2
11. Patrick Henry-Roanoke 15.5
12. Forest Park 15.3

Division 5 (4)
1. Brooke Point 26.2
2. North Stafford 24.4
3. Osbourn 22.3
4. Massaponax 22.0
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5. George Washington-Danville 21.3
6. William Fleming 21.0
7. Mountain View 19.8
8. Heritage 18.6
9. Stafford 18.4
10. Potomac 16.7
11. Freedom (Prince William) 15.2
12. Halifax County 14.3
13. Albemarle 13.2

Region II
Division 4 (6)
1. Broad Run 25.0
2. James Wood 23.2
3. Loudoun County 23.0
4. Sherando 22.4
5. Liberty 19.4
6. Potomac Falls 17.8
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7. Louisa County 17.4
8. Orange 15.6
9. Briar Woods 15.0
10. (tie) Freedom (South Riding) 14.4
10. (tie) Fauquier 14.4
12. Brentsville 11.6

Division 3 (6)
1. Western Albemarle 24.0
2. Handley 22.8
3. Park View 21.2
4. Dominion 19.6
5. Skyline 19.0
6. Goochland 18.6
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7. Charlottesville 18.6
8. Millbrook 18.4
9. Monticello 16.4
10. Kettle Run 15.4
11. Warren County 13.2
12. Fluvanna 12.4
13. William Monroe 10.8

By Matt Brooks  |  October 7, 2009; 3:44 PM ET
Categories:  Broad Run High School , Dulles District , 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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