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Northwest Region in Review: Week 8

Rain segmented the Northwest Region this week, splitting apart the Stafford and Prince William schools. Basically the Commonwealth District played its games as scheduled Friday night, while the Cedar Run and Cardinal shifted their games to Monday.

The biggest surprise Friday came from Brooke Point High School, where Riverbend beat the Black-Hawks, 34-29, to remain unbeaten. This was supposed to start a treacherous stretch -- alliteration anyone? -- for the Bears against teams that were a combined 18-6 entering Friday’s games.

However, Riverbend (7-0, 4-0) used two touchdowns from Kirkland Nelms to rally and keep its history-making season alive.

On Monday night, Osbourn traveled to No. 12 Battlefield for a game that turned out to be every bit as exciting as last year’s Northwest Region semifinal contest -- although the outcome was different. The Bobcats staved off a late Osbourn rally and pulled out a 20-18 win.

Elsewhere, Kevin Wiley of Loudoun Valley scored from one yard in the first overtime to give the Vikings a 16-10 win over Stonewall Jackson, Colonial Forge racked up 485 rushing yards during its 56-14 drubbing of Mountain View and Gar-Field forced seven Forest Park turnovers in a 23-3 victory.

Click below for an agate-ized recap of the Week 8 action, as well as a few more tidbits from around the area.

Week 8 Scores

Friday, Oct. 16
Massaponax 65, Albemarle 0
Riverbend 34, Brooke Point 29
No. 20 Colonial Forge 56, Mountain View 14
Stafford 7, North Stafford 35

Monday, Oct. 19
Heritage 13, Hylton 27
Gar-Field 23, Forest Park 3
Osbourn Park 10, Potomac 0
No. 15 Woodbridge 45, Freedom-Woodbridge 7
Osbourn 18, No. 12 Battlefield 20
Stonewall Jackson 10, Loudoun Valley 16 (OT)

Open: None

Week 9 Schedule

Friday, Oct. 23
Freedom-Woodbridge at Hylton, 7:30
Forest Park at Osbourn Park, 7:30
Potomac at No. 12 Woodbridge, 7:30
No. 9 Battlefield at Heritage, 7:30
Osbourn at Stonewall Jackson, 7:30
Albemarle at Stafford, 7:30
Brooke Point at No. 15 Colonial Forge, 7:30
Massaponax at Riverbend, 7:30
Mountain View at North Stafford, 7:30

Open: Gar-Field

Standings

Cardinal District (Overall, District)
Woodbridge (7-0, 3-0)
Osbourn Park (6-1, 4-0)
Gar-Field (5-3, 3-1)
Hylton (3-4, 1-2)
Potomac (1-7, 1-3)
Freedom-Woodbridge (0-7, 0-3)
Forest Park (0-7, 0-3)

Cedar Run District
Battlefield (7-0, 1-0)
Osbourn (5-3, 1-1)
Loudoun Valley (4-3, 1-2)
Heritage (2-5, 1-1)
Stonewall Jackson (3-5, 0-2)

Commonwealth District
Riverbend (7-0, 4-0)
Colonial Forge (6-1, 4-0)
Massaponax (6-1, 3-1)
Brooke Point (4-3, 2-2)
North Stafford (5-2, 2-2)
Mountain View (3-4, 1-3)
Stafford (1-6, 0-4)
Albemarle (0-7, 0-4)

Who’s Beatin’ Who?

Commonwealth -- 32-24 (.571)
Cedar Run -- 21-16 (.568)
Cardinal -- 22-29 (.431)

Game of the Week -- No. 12 Battlefield 20, Osbourn 18

Osbourn, having just scored on a beautiful post route from quarterback Thomas Keith to wide receiver Lucky Whitehead from 23 yards out with little more than a minute to go, lined up four receivers to the left and one to the right on the two-point conversion try.

Whitehead ran what looked to be a quick hook in the left corner of the end zone and Keith floated a pass to him. The ball, though, slipped through Whitehead’s hands as he tumbled out of the back of the end zone. Pass incomplete. Game over.

Kudos to Osbourn for rallying in what became a 20-18 loss. The Eagles were down 20-12 with 2:09 to go in the fourth quarter but came back to make it interesting, although the incompletion to Whitehead will probably sting for a little bit.

“When they came out and put everybody on the left side of the field, we kinda figured they were going that way,” Battlefield Coach Mark Cox said. “We were fortunate they were out of the end zone. “

Friday Night’s Five Best

E.L. Smiling, WR, Brooke Point -- Had five catches for 174 yards and three scores, although his Black-Hawks dropped a 34-29 home decision to Riverbend.

Marcus Morrast, QB North Stafford -- Ran for three touchdowns and threw for one more while totaling 231 total yards during a 35-7 win over Stafford.

Trey Reed, RB, Colonial Forge -- Was responsible for 186 of the Eagles’ 485 rushing yards in a 56-14 rout of Mountain View. Reed also scored twice.

Kevin Wiley, RB, Loudoun Valley -- Carried nine times for 121 yards and two touchdowns, including the decisive score in overtime to produce a 16-10 win over Stonewall Jackson.

Thomas Keith, QB, Osbourn -- “He’s gonna get 200 yards,” Battlefield Coach Mark Cox said. Yep. Keith had 210 total yards and two scores, though his team lost to the Bobcats, 20-18.

The Northwest Powerpoint Picture

Division 5

Seed/Team/Record/Powerpoints

1. Massaponax (6-1) 25.1
2. Brooke Point (4-3) 25.0
3. North Stafford (5-2) 24.3
T-4. Osbourn (5-3) 23.9
T-4. George Washington (5-3) 23.9
6. William Fleming (4-2) 21.5

Division 6

1. *Battlefield (7-0) 32.6
2. Woodbridge (7-0) 28.9
3. Colonial Forge (6-1) 27.9
4. Osbourn Park (6-1) 27.6
5. Riverbend (7-0) 26.9
6. Franklin County (6-1) 24.4

*Battlefield is once again the top-rated Division 6 squad, ahead of second-place L.C. Bird (30.7) and third-place teams Bayside and Oscar Smith, which both have scores of 30.6

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

Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers

Turnovers and stout defense have been two consistent traits for Gar-Field, which is allowing 11.6 points per game this season, but the Indians took both of those to new heights during a 23-3 win over Forest Park on Monday night.

Behind Austin Copeland’s seven-tackle effort, Gar-Field held Forest Park to 135 total yards and a 1.9-yards-per-carry average on the ground. Furthermore, the Indians forced seven turnovers -- four fumbles and three interceptions.

Copeland forced two fumbles while Junior Sillah recovered a pair, including one in the end zone in the third quarter for the Indians’ first score. Corey Bonds had a 42-yard interception return at the end of the third quarter, one of two picks for him on the day.

It’s Where You’re From

Located in Spotsylvania County, Massaponax and Riverbend have found themselves facing an additional opponent this season … and this one doesn’t wear pads or blitz its outside linebackers.

To open the season, both teams played their neighborhood rivals: Spotsylvania, Courtland and Chancellor. And while gas prices might’ve been a bit more manageable, both Massaponax and Riverbend are paying for it now.

In the Virginia High School League’s Powerpoint system, victories over larger schools carry more weight, virtually negating six combined wins -- by an aggregate score of 208-35 -- over those three schools.

“We don’t get as many points off of winning those games, whereas the Prince William schools, they all play each other,” said Riverbend Coach Todd Campbell, whose team hosts Massaponax Friday. “We’d love to see both of us get to the playoffs and represent the county.”

Revell’s Second-Half Reversal

The larger-picture story of this game was obviously Battlefield’s atonement for last season’s playoff slip-up, but I’m going to take a more narrow approach here.

Battlefield quarterback Bo Revell, by his own admission, was “awful” in the first half. He completed four passes to his own team, two to Osbourn. Factoring in returns, Revell actual threw for more yardage to Osbourn (46) than Battlefield (34). He also lost a fumble late in the second quarter.

Early in the second half, though, Battlefield linebacker Christian Delgado intercepted Osbourn’s Thomas Keith and Revell threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jaimie Robinson to get the Bobcats on the board. He then finished with these splits:

First half: 4 of 11, 34 yards, 2 INTs, fumble, 0 TDs
Second half: 9 of 13, 103 yards, no turnovers, 2 TDs (run, pass)

I asked Battlefield Coach Mark Cox -- a former quarterback himself at Virginia Tech -- whether he’d said anything to Revell at halftime or just left his quarterback alone.

“I said plenty at halftime,” Cox said, smiling. “I got on him a little bit and pointed out that you can’t be paying attention to the line, who’s blocking and who’s not. You have to take your drop and throw the ball on time.

“He got everything else out of his mind, took his drops, went through his reads and he was fine."

By Jason Mackey  |  October 20, 2009; 11:58 AM 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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Even though Feedom-Woodbridge is having a rough season check out some of the defensive players. They are racking up big stats!!!

Posted by: superskins | October 20, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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