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Hayfield vs. Falls Church football preview

Hayfield (6-2, 5-0) will welcome Falls Church (4-4, 3-2) on Friday for a Virginia AAA National District showdown that will pit two of the area's most resurrected programs.

Hayfield, which posted 1-9 seasons in each of the previous two years, has won more games (6) this season than it has in the previous four years combined and a win tomorrow night could push the Hawks into a conference title game against Edison Friday.

Falls Church beat regional power Edison, 16-14, two weeks ago and are on a three-game winning streak, which has the Jaguars threatening to grab the program's third finish at .500 or above since 2001.

In Falls Church coach Anthony Parker's eight years his teams have averaged three wins per season and were outscored by Edison by an average of 38-7.

Why the revival?

Falls Church boasts the Virginia AAA Northern Region's leading rusher in Marcus Hughes, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound powerful runner who has 1,419 yards and 16 touchdowns and is averaging nearly seven yards per carry.

Hughes will go head-to-head with Hayfield QB Anton McCallum, a speedster who has run wild in the past two wins, taking 25 carries for 334 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Hawks will be playing without coach Billy Pugh.

Pugh, a 49-year-old teacher and the program's coach since 1998, was transferred this week to Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, where he will begin an intense rehabilitation program in hopes of restoring the motion he lost on the left side of his body during an Oct. 19 stroke he suffered at the school just minutes before football practice.

By B.J. Koubaroulis  |  October 29, 2009; 1:51 PM ET
Categories:  AAA Concorde District , AAA Liberty District , AAA National District , AAA Patriot District  
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