Football Night in Loudoun County
Playoff seeding will be on the line Friday night as several teams try to improve their standing or keep their postseason hopes alive. Here are your quick looks at each of tonight's matchups...
Game of the Week
Park View (5-2) at Dominion (4-4), 7:30
Fresh of a 46-20 upset of South Lakes, Dominion will look to improve its chances of securing a first-ever postseason berth when it hosts Park View in the "Battle of Sterling." The Patriots (5-3), suffered a surprising 27-10 home defeat to Briar Woods and need a win to regain their footing in the Region II Division 3 playoff race. To do so, they'll need to eliminate the turnovers that plagued them last week and try to slow down DeAndre Reaves, who leads the Titans (4-4) with 681 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in his last four games.
Park View rushing offense vs. Dominion front seven
The running game has been off and on for the Patriots this season, but between tailback Daryus Beale (487 yards, 3 TDs), receiver/utility knife Tommy Sedeski (311 yards, 10 TDs) and QB Brandon Lee (620 yards, 6 TDs), they have three versatile ball-carriers who can punish opposing defenses. The Titans allowed 100-yard rushers in last week's win over South Lakes and will need to shore things up on their line to contain Park View's three-headed backfield attack. Edge: Patriots
Park View passing offense vs. Dominion secondary
Lee may have the biggest arm in the Dulles District, but accuracy (56-126) has not been his strong suit this fall. Still, with Sedeski, big-play threat J.R. Shooks and tight end Jordan Owens, Lee has three capable receivers who can make plays over the middle and down the sidelines. Reaves anchors a fast, hard-hitting secondary that came up with two interceptions against South Lakes and held the Seahawks under 100 yards through the air. Edge: Patriots
Dominion rushing offense vs. Park View front seven
You saw the stat above - DeAndre Reaves has 681 yards and nine touchdowns in four games. No one has been able to stop him, even when he's taking direct snaps in the Titans' wildcat formation. Look for the Patriots to stack the box to try to force Dominion to throw, but each and every one of the Titans' opponents takes that approach, and few have been able to slow the dynamic junior tailback. Facing a similar formation last week, the Patriots were gouged for 161 yards on the ground by Briar Woods RB/QB Michael Brownlee. Lee, Robert Hayes and company will need to pick things up to limit Reaves' damage. Edge: Titans
Dominion passing offense vs. Park View secondary
After junior QB Trey Baxter went down with an injury to his throwing shoulder against Broad Run, the Titans' run-first offense became a run-second, third and fourth offense. But Baxter could be back Friday night, meaning Reaves will no longer have to pilot the ship. With the success the Titans had in the wildcat, you figure Coach Karl Buckwalter won't abandon it entirely, but Baxter's return enables them to bring back a little balance when they have the ball. Sedeski, Beale and Nathan Santana are the foundation of one of the better secondaries in the league and they'll be ball-hawking and looking errant throws with a rusty quarterback getting back into the fray. Edge: Patriots
Park View special teams vs. Dominion special teams
This contest features two of the top kickers in the area in Park View's Kevin Flamenco and Dominion's Charles Donkor. Flamenco connected on a 49-yard field goal - the longest by any player in the district this season - while Donkor has made four field goals of at least 40 yards. The return game also features two of the most dynamic players in the league in Sedeski and Reaves. Both players have speed to spare and are always a threat to break a long return for a score. A big play on a kickoff or punt return could play a major role in the result, but which team comes up with that play is anyone's guess. Edge: Even
Stone Bridge (7-1) at McLean (5-3), 7:30
Spenser Rositano blocked a late field goal as Stone Bridge held off Langley 17-14 to get back on track in the Liberty District last week. A win at McLean could set up a de facto district title game for the Bulldogs (7-1) against South Lakes on senior night in Ashburn. But to make that happen, Stone Bridge must be more productive on the offensive end. After averaging 32 points in their first six games, the Bulldogs have managed only 31 combined in their last two contests.
Loudoun Valley (5-3) at Heritage (2-6), 7:30
The Pride stunned Valley in Purcellville earlier this season but have found little success during the rest of their inaugural AAA campaign. Meanwhile, the Vikings have won two straight and need a win in Leesburg to bolster their hopes of making the playoffs. This game features the top two passers in Loudoun in Valley junior Andrew Taylor and Heritage sophomore Austin Nelson, who could provide some offensive fireworks in a critical Cedar Run matchup.
Broad Run (9-0) at Potomac Falls (3-5), 7:30
This matchup lacks the luster of last year's two battles between the first-place Spartans and second-place Panthers, but there will be plenty of passion on display between two schools that really don't care for one another. The Panthers snapped a four-game skid last week with a win over Freedom to notch their first in Dulles District play. Broad Run will be playing its last game until the Region II semifinals on Nov. 21. The Spartans have a bye in the final week of the regular season and received a first-round bye in the regional playoffs.
Freedom-South Riding (2-6) at Loudoun County (6-2), 7:30
The Eagles have lost six straight following a program-best 2-0 start, and won't find any relief in Leesburg. The Raiders are fired up after losing to Broad Run and need to keep winning to improve their seeding in the Region II Division 4 playoff picture.
October 30, 2009; 12:54 AM ET
Categories: AA Dulles , AAA Cedar Run District , AAA Liberty District , Broad Run , Dominion , Freedom South-Riding , Heritage , Loudoun County High School , Loudoun Valley High School , Park View , Potomac Falls , Stone Bridge High School
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