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Northwest Region in Review: Week 6

If nothing else, there are two things we learned this week about the Northwest Region:

1. Riverbend’s season has morphed from fluky start to full-fledged turnaround. After finishing 1-9 last year, the Bears are 5-0 under-first year Coach Todd Campbell following Friday’s 21-19 victory over Mountain View. Keep in mind, too, that Riverbend had three wins in 2007 and 2008 combined.

Campbell, who won 10 district titles, six region crowns and two state championships as Lou Sorrentino’s offensive coordinator from 1996 to 2007 at both Culpeper and Hylton, has completely changed the culture at Riverbend, which is scoring 31.8 points per game this season.

“They were ready to pay the price to get better,” Campbell said. “They wanted to improve.”

2. Brooke Point quarterback Gary Pisall, he of only five career starts, deserves to be mentioned alongside Woodbridge’s Frank Buckley, Battlefield’s Bo Revell, Osbourn Park’s Dominique Terrell and Colonial Forge’s Blake Froanapfel as one of the Northwest’s top signal callers.

A week after throwing for 388 yards and four touchdowns during a 37-15 win over Mountain View, Pisall followed that performance with a 325-yard, three-touchdown effort during his team’s 28-9 win over North Stafford. Think he’s comfortable in Brooke Point’s new spread attack?

Those two things aside, we saw Woodbridge plow through its difficult week with a 38-14 victory over Forest Park, Osbourn Park win despite two injuries at Gar-Field and Hylton fight through a serious injury of its own to top Potomac (Va.) in three overtimes.

So here it is, the Week 6 recap of life in the Northwest Region. Scores, schedule and standings first, as always:

Week 6 Scores

Friday, Oct. 2
Hylton 17, Potomac 14 (3 OT)
Osbourn Park 16, Gar-Field 7
Woodbridge 38, Forest Park 14
Battlefield 42, George Washington 6
Osbourn 41, Heritage 14
Stonewall Jackson 27, Freedom-Woodbridge 0
Albemarle 21, Colonial Forge 56
North Stafford 9, Brooke Point 28
Stafford 0, Massaponax 48
Mountain View 19, Riverbend 21

Open: Loudoun Valley

Week 7 Games

Friday, Oct. 9
Hylton at Woodbridge, 7:30
Freedom-Woodbridge at Osbourn Park, 7:30
Potomac (Va.) at Gar-Field, 7
Stonewall Jackson at Heritage, 7:30
Loudoun Valley at Osbourn, 7:30
Albemarle at Riverbend, 7:30
Brooke Point at Massaponax, 7:30
North Stafford at Colonial Forge, 7:30
Mountain View at Stafford, 7:30

Open: Battlefield, Forest Park

Standings

Cardinal District (Overall, District)
Woodbridge (5-0, 1-0)
Osbourn Park (4-1, 2-0)
Gar-Field (3-3, 1-1)
Hylton (2-3, 1-1)
Potomac (1-5, 1-1)
Freedom-Woodbridge (0-5, 0-1)
Forest Park (0-6, 0-2)

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

Commonwealth District
Riverbend (5-0, 2-0)
Brooke Point (4-1, 2-0)
Colonial Forge (4-1, 2-0)
North Stafford (4-1, 1-1)
Massaponax (4-1, 1-1)
Mountain View (2-3, 0-2)
Stafford (1-4, 0-2)
Albemarle (0-6, 0-2)

Who's Beatin' Who?

Commonwealth -- 23-17 (.575)
Cedar Run -- 17-11 (.607)
Cardinal -- 15-23 (.395)

Game of the Week, Volume I -- Riverbend’s Last-Second Win

With seven minutes left and his team trailing, 19-7, against Mountain View, Riverbend Coach Todd Campbell put quarterback Zac Naccarato in the shotgun formation and his offense in a no-huddle attack. Naccarato responded by completing all six of his passes on the next drive, leading the Bears to a score.

“We’ve been practicing it for a while, but we felt like we needed to spread them out a little bit and get some quick hitters because time was of the essence and we needed to score twice,” Campbell said of the hurry-up offense.

After Riverbend forced a Mountain View punt, Brandon Hill broke through to block the kick and Devante Tucker picked up the loose ball. And after Riverbend drove to the Mountain View 1-yard line with less than 10 seconds to go, Kirkland Nelms scored with 4.7 seconds left to put Riverbend ahead, 21-19.

“It was a wild finish,” Campbell said. “It was a super comeback for these kids.”

Game of the Week, Volume II -- Hylton Outlasts Potomac (Va.) in Triple Overtime

Senior Manny Rodriguez made a 19-yard field goal in the third overtime to seal a 17-14 win for Hylton, a victory that was somewhat bittersweet for the Bulldogs because of an injury suffered by sophomore wide receiver Jaleel Dukes with about four minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Dukes went up for a jump ball and landed awkwardly on his back, according to Hylton Coach Lou Sorrentino. After about a 30-minute delay, Dukes was taken to Fairfax Hospital where he stayed overnight, regaining feeling and slight movement in the middle of the night.

Hylton, which had lost to Osbourn Park and Battlefield during the previous two weeks, couldn’t afford a loss to Potomac before facing Woodbridge this Friday. And despite losing one of their teammates, the Bulldogs rallied when senior Kevin Kisiedu blocked a field goal attempt in the second overtime to force a third.

“We had a chance to fold up our tents and we didn’t,” Sorrentino said. “We needed a victory bad, so I was really happy for the kids.”

The QB Watch

Frank Buckley (Woodbridge) -- Completed 11 of 19 passes for 90 yards and two scores during another blowout, this one a 38-14 decision over Forest Park.
Bo Revell (Battlefield) -- With the running game clicking, Revell was quiet during a 42-6 rout of George Washington; he completed four of nine passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Gary Pisall (Brooke Point) -- Eclipsed 300 yards for the second straight week, throwing for 325 and three touchdowns during a 28-9 win over North Stafford.
Dominique Terrell (Osbourn Park) -- Slowed by a sore ankle, he ran six times for four yards and completed five of 12 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Blake Froanapfel (Colonial Forge) -- Threw only four passes and completed three of them -- two for touchdowns -- during a 56-21 blowout win over Albemarle.

OP’s Key Conversion

One play that wasn’t mentioned in my Prince William Extra story on Osbourn Park’s 16-7 victory at Gar-Field Friday night was a clutch completion from quarterback Dominique Terrell to wideout Travis Marion late in the fourth quarter, despite the best efforts of one Austin Copeland.

Facing third and five from the Gar-Field 40-yard line, Terrell found Marion on what looked to be a seam route along the right side for a 27-yard gain down to the 13. Terrell put the ball over Marion’s right shoulder and Marion was able to reel it in with his fingertips -- really a beautiful grab.

Four plays later, Zach Roy connected on a 25-yard field goal, making it a two-score game and pushing the game out of reach. Without that third-down conversion, Osbourn Park very well could have punted and left Gar-Field with one final opportunity to tie it.

Bobcats Get a Push Up Front

Battlefield’s offensive line had yet another dominant game, clearing the way for five rushing touchdowns during a 42-6 win over George Washington on Friday night in Danville. After a four-hour bus ride, the big boys were unfazed and had “the best night our offensive line has had this year,” Coach Mark Cox said.

Battlefield ran for 229 yards and picked up 10 of its 14 first downs on the ground. Junior running back Nagee Jackson was the main beneficiary, running for 115 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Classmate Cedric Agyeman had 10 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

Besides a substitution at right guard, giving senior Eric Schiff an opportunity and allowing Zavier Stringfellow to concentrate on playing defense, this group has taken almost every snap together this season.

“They’re starting to get better and better as a group and get more experience,” Cox said. “They did a great job blocking.”

From left to right, Battlefield’s O-Line looks like this:

TE -- Jr. Turner Meeks, 6-1, 215
LT -- Sr. Jimmy Long, 6-0, 245
LG -- Jr. Dave Risoldi, 6-0, 250
C -- Jr. Freddie Potter, 5-11, 200
RG -- Sr. Eric Schiff, 6-1, 230
RT -- Sr. Max Whitticar, 6-3, 250
TE -- Sr. Christian Delgado, 5-11, 180

Average Height: 6-0
Average Weight: 224

Woodbridge’s Two-Way Talent

Ironman football is about as popular these days as the T-formation and leather helmets, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be an effective way to play. Just ask Woodbridge, a gigantic Division 6 school that has several players splitting time on offense and defense.

Three of the team’s four running backs -- yes, they spread the ball around a ton -- split time on defense, with Jaylen Avent rotating at defensive back and Darius Parson and Zayd Hamilton seeing significant time at linebacker. Wide receiver Darius Smith also plays defensive back.

Up front, Anthony Earl, Jordan Hairston, Rommel Burks and Mike Leathers rotate along the defensive line, while center John St. Amant is the lone offensive lineman to concentrate only on one side of the ball.

During Friday’s 38-14 win over Forest Park, with Parson and Hamilton focusing primarily on defense, Woodbridge relied exclusively on Avent, who totaled 16 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown.

“We try not to do that, and if we do we try to keep a very good rotation,” Interim Coach Kevin Smith said. “It’s tough. We’re in Week 6 and kids are getting bumps and nicks. We’re just trying to make it through and hopefully get everybody healthy.”

By Jason Mackey  |  October 4, 2009; 11:10 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 , Riverbend , Stafford , Stonewall Jackson , Woodbridge  
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