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Northwest Region in Review: Week 7

Yet another wild and wacky week in the Northwest Region is in the books, and this -- maybe more so than other weeks and, then again, maybe not -- strikes me as a slate of games that can be best characterized by a few unlikely occurrences.

All who expected Massaponax to crush Brooke Point by 47 points raise your right hand. Mine, for the record, hasn’t moved.

What about Osbourn Park’s oddity-filled 35-0 win over Freedom-Woodbridge? The Yellow Jackets were without their two best offensive players, quarterback Dominique Terrell and Gary Jackson, yet Chris Mason Jr. stepped in and ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns. And then there’s the really odd stuff. Osbourn Park blocked three punts, including one that was returned eight yards for a touchdown by Kyle Whitt in the first quarter.

The strange days continued at Heritage, where Stonewall Jackson’s Jerry Budd ran 40 times -- yes, 40 -- for 206 yards and two touchdowns … in a losing effort, with the Raiders dropping a 19-13 decision to the Pride.

That, folks, constitutes a pretty darn odd Friday, a night that’s recapped a bit below. Scores, schedule and standings first, as always. Make sure you pay special attention, too, to the column’s latest addition: the VHSL’s Powerpoint standings.

Week 7 Scores

Friday, Oct. 9
Hylton 13, No. 15 Woodbridge 20
Freedom-Woodbridge 0, Osbourn Park 35
Potomac 0, Gar-Field 34
Stonewall Jackson 13, Heritage 19
Loudoun Valley 29, Osbourn 39
Albemarle 6, Riverbend 47
Brooke Point 7, Massaponax 54
North Stafford 15, Colonial Forge 33
Mountain View 31, Stafford 14

Open: No. 12 Battlefield, Forest Park

Week 8 Games

Friday, Oct. 16
Heritage at Hylton, 7:30
Gar-Field at Forest Park, 7:30
Osbourn Park at Potomac, 7:30
No. 15 Woodbridge at Freedom-Woodbridge, 7:30
Osbourn at No. 12 Battlefield, 7:30
Massaponax at Albemarle, 7
Riverbend at Brooke Point, 7:30
Colonial Forge at Mountain View, 7:30
Stafford at North Stafford, 7:30

Saturday, Oct. 17
Stonewall Jackson at Loudoun Valley, 1:30

Open: None

Standings

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

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

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

Who’s Beatin’ Who?
Cedar Run -- 19-13 (.594)
Commonwealth -- 28-21 (.571)
Cardinal -- 18-27 (.400)

Game of the Week -- Osbourn 39, Loudoun Valley 29

As I kicked off my game story with this moment, Vidal Greene, Osbourn’s running back, was literally staring in shock at the sideline after his third-quarter fumble was returned 60 yards for a touchdown by Loudoun Valley’s Chris Regan.

This could not only have been the game’s definitive moment, but it also could’ve characterized Osbourn’s season; a loss, instead of what became a 39-29 win, would’ve been deadly.

But enter Thomas Keith. Osbourn’s quarterback took charge after the fumble, leading three touchdown drives that translated into 22 unanswered points to make what was once a 29-17 deficit seem like a distant memory.

“We did what we had to do to win the game,” said Keith, who was responsible for more than 300 yards of offense and two touchdowns during this one, which helped Osbourn stave off 4-3 and improve to 5-2 overall, 1-0 in Cedar Run play.

Friday Night’s Five Best

Note: This section will replace “The QB Watch.” It seems like a little bit more democratic way of recognizing outstanding performances that do not always occur under center.

Jerry Budd, RB, Stonewall Jackson -- Though the Raiders suffered a 19-13 loss to Heritage, Budd was outstanding, running 40 times for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

Najee Harris, RB, Massaponax -- The Panthers crushed Brooke Point, 54-7, and Harris, with seven carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns, was a big reason why.

Thomas Keith, QB, Osbourn -- Finally healthy, Keith went wild, running for 173 yards and a touchdown while completed 7 of 14 passes for 140 yards and another score during his team’s 39-29 win over Loudoun Valley.

Austin Copeland, DE/LB, Gar-Field -- Copeland did everything except sell programs and work the concession stand, totaling 10 tackles, three pass breakups, an interception, a sack and a forced fumble during Gar-Field’s 34-0 win over Potomac.

Chris Mason Jr., RB, Osbourn Park -- With Dominique Terrell and Gary Jackson out with injuries, Mason picked up the slack, totaling 116 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries during his team’s 35-0 victory over Freedom-Woodbridge.

The Northwest Powerpoint Picture

Division 5

Seed/Team/Record/Powerpoints

1. Brooke Point (4-2) 25.3
2. Massaponax (5-1) 24.5
3. Osbourn (5-2) 24.1
4. North Stafford (4-2) 23.5
5. GW-Danville (4-3) 22.9
6. Mountain View (3-3) 21.5

Division 6

1. *Battlefield (6-0) 31.0
2. Woodbridge (6-0) 28.7
3. Osbourn Park (5-1) 27.0
4. Colonial Forge (5-1) 26.7
5. Riverbend (6-0) 25.3
6. Franklin County (5-1) 23.0

Note: Six of the Commonwealth District’s eight teams are listed.

* Battlefield is once again the top-rated Division 6 squad, ahead of second-place Robinson (29.3) and third-place teams Meadowbrook and L.C. Bird, which both have scores of 29.2.

*** Seedings and Powerpoints are determined by the Virginia High School League. Full results and more can be found here.

Minus Terrell and Jackson, OP Rolls

Chris Mason Jr. has started at wide receiver for Osbourn Park since his sophomore year, but even though he’s seen time as a wideout, that doesn’t necessarily translate into a successful stint as a running back.

But with starter Gary Jackson dressed but unavailable because a shoulder injury and quarterback Dominique Terrell out with a sprained right ankle, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound junior was counted open to lead the team’s offense during a 35-0 home win over Freedom-Woodbridge.

As the team’s last man standing, Mason ran 16 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns, earning him Five Best status for this week. In Terrell’s absence, Jamil Brown completed 5 of 8 passes for 39 yards.

“We were happy with the win, especially without being able to go to battle with [Jackson and Terrell],” Osbourn Park Coach Brian Beaty said. “I thought our kids that did step in, Jamil and Chris, did a really good job. “

I talked with Beaty for a bit on Sunday night, and he fully expects to have both of them back at practice on Monday and available for this Friday’s game at Potomac.

Cedar Run Gem Ahead

As you'll read about in Thursday’s Prince William Extra, this week's contest between Osbourn and Battlefield features two of the areas most successful teams over the past three years -- with Woodbridge also considered in that mix.

During the 2006, 2007, 2008 seasons, as well as up until this point during the 2009 campaign, Osbourn, Battlefield and Woodbridge’s records look like this:

Osbourn -- 32-13 (.711)
Battlefield -- 29-9 (.763)
Woodbridge -- 34-10 (.773)

I expect Friday’s game to be one of the best of the year in the Northwest, obviously. And its impact on the Cedar Run District standings will be felt. After this week, Battlefield’s three remaining opponents are 8-11; Osbourn’s two are 5-8.

It’ll be interesting to watch how Osbourn’s skill matches up with Battlefield’s size and strength. The game will also be a contrast in offensive styles; Osbourn, with quarterback Thomas Keith, would rather cut, juke and run around you.

Battlefield is a bit more methodical -- and traditional. The Bobcats do not run as much out of the shotgun and do not feature as many designed quarterback draws. That’s because the Bobcats possess a prototypical drop-back passer in 6-foot-6 Bo Revell, who has completed 47 of his 92 passes this season for 700 yards and six touchdowns.

Bear in mind, too, that Osbourn upset Battlefield, 22-20, in last year's Northwest Region semifinals.

"We don’t feel like we played as well as we should have," Battlefield offensive tackle Jimmy Long said of last year's loss, which came on the heels of a 10-0 regular season. "We don’t want to be seen as a team that only plays well during the regular season."

By Jason Mackey  |  October 12, 2009; 5:00 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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