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Northwest Region in Review: Week 5

For those who follow quarterbacks closely -- and I’m guilty, for sure -- Week 5 in the Northwest Region was certainly a good one. Woodbridge’s Frank Buckley (242 yards, four touchdowns) cemented his role as the team’s offensive leader, while Brooke Point’s Gary Pisall, who’s a first-year starter as a senior, went completely bonkers and threw for 388 yards and four touchdowns.

Oh, and one of the area’s most highly-touted recruits entering this season, Osbourn Park junior Dominique Terrell, finally looked like the Division I player he’s expected to be, running for 170 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 129 more and another score.

As a former quarterback, I find myself paying close attention to the guys under center, how they handle themselves, how they make certain throws and what reads they make on certain plays; hence my weekly QB Watch.

While I realize that any legitimate region for football boasts a wealth of quarterbacks -- which this area most certainly is and does -- there’s something special about this year’s class. In addition to Buckley, Pisall and Terrell, there’s also Bo Revell of Battlefield, Blake Froanapfel of Colonial Forge and, when he’s healthy, Thomas Keith of Osbourn.

“I think we’re all just trying to keep our teams winning,” said Buckley, who recently made our All-Met On The Bubble list. “We’re not trying to do too much and certainly not trying to do too little. If you’re team is winning, you’re doing your part.”

So here it is: the quarterback-laden recap of Week 5 in the Northwest Region. Scores, schedule and standings first, as always:

Week 5 Scores

Friday, Sept. 25
Osbourn 26, Osbourn Park 28
Forest Park 10, Potomac (Va.) 14
Gar-Field 22, Freedom-Woodbridge 7
Hylton 7, Battlefield 13
Woodbridge 49, Stonewall Jackson 17
Heritage 21, Loudoun Valley 17
Albemarle 0, North Stafford 50
Brooke Point 37, Mountain View 15
Massaponax 27, Colonial Forge 28
Riverbend 41, Stafford 22

Open: None

Week 6 Games

Friday, Oct. 2
Hylton at Potomac, 7:30
Osbourn Park at Gar-Field, 7:30
Woodbridge at Forest Park, 7:30
Battlefield at George Washington, 7:30
Osbourn at Heritage, 7:30
Stonewall Jackson at Freedom-Woodbridge, 7:30
Albemarle at Colonial Forge, 7
North Stafford at Brooke Point, 7:30
Stafford at Massaponax, 7:30
Mountain View at Riverbend, 7:30

Open: Loudoun Valley

Standings

Cardinal District (Overall, District)
Woodbridge (4-0, 0-0)
Osbourn Park (3-1, 1-0)
Gar-Field (3-2, 1-0)
Potomac (1-4, 1-0)
Hylton (1-3, 0-1)
Freedom-Woodbridge (0-4, 0-1)
Forest Park (0-5, 0-1)

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

Commonwealth District
North Stafford (4-0, 1-0)
Riverbend (4-0, 1-0)
Brooke Point (3-1, 1-0)
Colonial Forge (3-1, 1-0)
Massaponax (3-1, 0-1)
Mountain View (1-2, 0-1)
Stafford (1-3, 0-1)
Albemarle (0-4, 0-1)

Who’s Beatin’ Who?
Commonwealth -- 19-12 (.613)
Cedar Run -- 14-9 (.609)
Cardinal -- 12-19 (.387)

Game of the Week

Though Colonial Forge’s 28-27 comeback win over Massaponax fits well here, I still have to go with Osbourn Park’s upset of Osbourn. Entering this game, Osbourn was starting to look like the AAA Virginia state finalist from a year ago and less like the team that lost to Brooke Point in Week 2.

But Osbourn Park quarterback Dominique Terrell picked a fine time to have his best game of the year, amassing 299 total yards and three touchdowns while the Yellow Jacket defense held Osbourn quarterback Thomas Keith to 28 yards on two-of-10 passing.

The win now legitimizes Osbourn Park’s desire to capture the Cardinal title, in a district the Yellow Jackets are playing in for the first time since 2001.

The QB Watch

Frank Buckley (Woodbridge) -- Completed 10 of 19 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns during a 49-17 win over Stonewall Jackson.
Bo Revell (Battlefield) -- His 43-percent completion percentage was almost 10 points lower than his season-total mark of 52, but he still totaled 118 yards and a score during a 13-7 win over Hylton.
Dominique Terrell (Osbourn Park) -- Hit on 4 of 8 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown; ran 24 times for 170 yards and two more scores.
Gary Pisall (Brooke Point) -- Connected on 17 of his 32 passes for 388 yards and four scores during a 37-15 win over Mountain View.

‘He Can Take It’

When Brooke Point quarterback Gary Pisall met with Black-Hawks Coach Jeff Berry following Friday’s 37-15 win over Mountain View, Berry had a message to convey to his senior quarterback: Pisall, though impressive, can still play better.

Bear in mind that Pisall threw for 388 yards and four touchdowns in his fourth-career start.

“He’s the coach,” Pisall said before practice on Monday afternoon. “You gotta listen to him.”

Stuck behind Division I signal caller Brian Hudson for the past two years, Pisall had attempted one pass during a varsity game . . . and it was intercepted.

Finally given the opportunity to start, Pisall has excelled in Brooke Point’s new spread attack, completed 49 percent of his passes for 965 yards and six touchdowns. (Last year the Black-Hawks operated mostly out of an I-formation with the 6-foot-4 Hudson and running back Chase Barnett, who’s also at Liberty.)

“He sat behind a talented kid that’s on full scholarship,” Berry said of Pisall. “He could’ve gone to a lot of schools and been a two- or three-year starter. He’s a talented kid who just hasn’t played. . . . He's trying to fit three years into one."

And what about the harsh criticism after Friday’s performance?

“Gary has a good temperament,” Berry joked. “He can take it.”

Austin Copeland: Gar-Field’s Hybrid Defender

With a three-sack performance during his team’s 22-7 win over Freedom-Woodbridge, Gar-Field junior Austin Copeland is beginning to emerge as a defensive star. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound hybrid-type player, Copeland also recorded four solo tackles and assisted on five others while the Gar-Field defense held Freedom-Woodbridge to 39 rushing yards on 35 carries.

According to Coach Tom Gryder, Copeland increased his strength prior to this season, adding 15-20 pounds of muscle, and he has also become more familiar with the team’s defense. Gryder will not only use Copeland on the line, he’ll also line him up as an outside linebacker and blitz him or drop him into pass coverage.

The results so far have been impressive: 20 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, five sacks and a fumble recovery. He’s also led Gar-Field (3-2, 1-0 Cardinal) in tackles every game this season.

“He understands football,” Gryder said. “He’s gotten a lot bigger and stronger, and I think the game’s starting to slow down and he’s adjusting.”

Blowin’ Up Down South

I wrote briefly about this last week, but it’s a storyline that seems to be growing as the season moves along: The Commonwealth District, represented by mostly Stafford County schools, has furthered its case as the Northwest Region’s top district.

Through 31 games in each the Cardinal and Commonwealth, the two districts have performed at opposite clips. The Cardinal District is 12-19 (.387) while the Commonwealth is 19-12 (.613).

“I might be stepping out on a limb by saying it, but I think the Commonwealth is better from top to bottom,” said North Stafford Coach Joe Mangano, whose team beat Albemarle, 50-0, on Friday. “Two years ago when I was at Gar-Field, I never thought it would happen this quickly. I think the Commonwealth is closing that gap.”

The Commonwealth District features several coaches who started their careers up north. Colonial Forge’s Bill Brown was inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame for his work at Potomac (Va.) and Hylton. Mangano was at Gar-Field for four years while Riverbend Coach Todd Campbell spent 13 years as an assistant to current Hylton Coach Lou Sorrentino at both Culpeper and Hylton.

“You have all these coaches with a lot of experience,” Mangano added, “and they’ve been to the big game.”

Other News and Nuggets

Battlefield fumbled the ball three times during its 13-7 win over Hylton. … Vidal Greene continued his torrid three-game stretch during which he’s put up 43 carries for 386 yards and 10 touchdowns with his 126-yard, three-score effort during Osbourn’s loss to Osbourn Park. … Heritage upset Loudoun Valley, 21-17, to earn its first win of the year. . . . After this Friday’s game against one another, Gar-Field next two opponents are a combined 1-9 while Osbourn Park’s next three are a combined 1-13.

By Jason Mackey  |  September 28, 2009; 3:27 PM ET
Categories:  Battlefield , Brooke Point , Cardinal District , Cedar Run District , Colonial Forge , Commonwealth District , Football , Forest Park , Freedom-Woodbridge , Gar-Field , Heritage , Hylton , Loudoun Valley High School , Massaponax , Mountain View , North Stafford , Northwest Region , Osbourn , Osbourn Park , Potomac (Va.) , Riverbend , Stafford , Stonewall Jackson , Woodbridge  
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