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Northwest Region in review: week 8

There’s a Bob Dylan song titled “Not Dark Yet” that I think provides an appropriate way to describe the Northwest Region playoff picture. Seriously. Stay with me on this one.

As Dylan sings, “It’s not dark yet . . . but it’s getting there.” Well, there hasn’t been a major shakeup to either the Division 5 or 6 playoff pictures since the VHSL’s Powerpoint standings were released on Oct. 5, but I think we’re getting there.

Massaponax distanced itself from second-place North Stafford with a 45-35 win over Riverbend on Friday. And while I think Massaponax is safe, things could change for North Stafford, which plays Massaponax and Riverbend -- a combined 14-2 -- during the final two weeks.

In Division 6, it’s tough to see Battlefield tumbling from its perch atop the standings, but there’s a very intriguing matchup this Friday between No. 2 Woodbridge and No. 4 Osbourn Park. If Woodbridge wins, the Vikings will go a long way toward locking up a bye. But if Osbourn Park can pull off an upset, the possibilities are endless.

Could the Yellow Jackets pass No. 3 Colonial Forge, which plays at Riverbend this Friday? Would the Eagles, with a win, bump up to the second slot and get a bye? What about fifth-seeded Riverbend? What if the Bears suffer back-to-back losses to Massaponax and Colonial Forge? A once-undefeated season could suddenly not be enough to make the playoffs.

Like I said, it’s not dark -- or crazy -- yet, but it’s getting there. Click below for an agate-ized recap of everything, along with the usual extras and storylines.

Week 9 scores

Friday, Oct. 23
Freedom-Woodbridge 0, Hylton 42
Forest Park 6, Osbourn Park 41
Potomac 7, No. 12 Woodbridge 21
No. 9 Battlefield 41, Heritage 22
Osbourn 51, Stonewall Jackson 19
Herndon 7, Loudoun Valley 19
Albemarle 6, Stafford 41
Brooke Point 22, No. 15 Colonial Forge 54
Massaponax 45, Riverbend 35
Mountain View 19, North Stafford 44

Open: Gar-Field

Week 10 schedule

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

Open: Potomac, Osbourn


Cardinal District (Overall, District)
Woodbridge (8-0, 4-0)
Osbourn Park (7-1, 5-0)
Gar-Field (5-3, 3-1)
Hylton (4-4, 2-2)
Potomac (1-8, 1-4)
Freedom-Woodbridge (0-8, 0-4)
Forest Park (0-8, 0-4)

Cedar Run District

Battlefield (8-0, 2-0)
Osbourn (6-3, 2-1)
Loudoun Valley (5-3, 2-2)
Heritage (2-6, 1-2)
Stonewall Jackson (3-6, 0-3)

Commonwealth District
Colonial Forge (7-1, 5-0)
Massaponax (7-1, 4-1)
Riverbend (7-1, 4-1)
North Stafford (6-2, 3-2)
Brooke Point (4-4, 2-3)
Mountain View (3-5, 1-4)
Stafford (2-6, 1-4)
Albemarle (0-8, 0-5)

Who’s beatin’ who?

Cedar Run -- 24-18 (.571)
Commonwealth -- 36-28 (.563)
Cardinal -- 25-32 (.439)

Game of the week -- Massaponax 45, Riverbend 35

I was pinch-hitting in the DCIAA West on Friday, but it seemed like Massaponax’s shootout win over Riverbend was one that I should’ve seen. The Panthers ran for 452 yards (see below) to hand the Bears their first loss of the season.

This game won’t have any major Commonwealth District implications unless Colonial Forge slips up against Riverbend or Stafford in the final two weeks, but it did help Massaponax further its lead atop of the Division 5 Powerpoint standings.

The funny thing, though, is that Massaponax Coach Eric Ludden wasn’t gushing over his team’s performance. Ludden’s gripe was that if the Panthers want to take the next step toward greatness, they can’t commit three turnovers against a district rival.

“It was a great high school football experience for the kids, but we also know that if we have higher aspirations we have to play better,” Ludden said. “We have to put it in perspective that we could’ve done a lot better.”

Friday night’s five best

Blake Frohnapfel, QB, Colonial Forge -- The 6-foot-5 junior only needed seven completions to total 232 yards and four TDs during a 54-22 win over Brooke Point.
Eric Frohnapfel, QB, Colonial Forge -- Caught four of his twin brother’s passes for 119 yards. Three were touchdowns.
Gary Jackson, RB, Osbourn Park -- Jackson paced the Yellow Jackets’ offense by running for 205 yards and two scores during a 41-6 rout of Forest Park.
Jauan Latney, RB, Massaponax -- Latney had seven carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 77 yards for a third score.
Arkei Shareef, RB, Stafford -- The Indians picked up their first district win by beating Albemarle, 41-6, and Shareef (16 carries, 121 yards, 2 TDs) was a big reason why.

The Northwest Powerpoint picture

Division 5

1. Massaponax (7-1) 27.6
2. North Stafford (6-2) 25.4
T-3. Brooke Point (4-4) 25.0
T-3. Osbourn (6-3) 25.0
5. George Washington (5-3) 24.8
6. William Fleming (5-2) 23.0

Division 6

1. *Battlefield (8-0) 33.0
2. Woodbridge (8-0) 29.5
3. Colonial Forge (7-1) 29.0
4. Osbourn Park (7-1) 28.0
5. Riverbend (7-1) 26.6
6. Franklin County (7-1) 25.5

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

They’re twins, you know

When Bill Brown arrived at Colonial Forge before the 2007 season, he was not used to having a talented tight end to call plays for. Despite all of Brown’s offensive success at Potomac and Hylton, those teams generally used four receivers and a running back.

Eric Frohnapfel, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound junior who’s quickly becoming one of the area’s best tight ends, provided that luxury, so Brown was more than happy to draw up a few plays for him. That adjustment was made a tad easier, too, because Frohnapfel’s twin brother Blake is the team’s quarterback.

And on Friday night, during Colonial Forge’s 54-22 win over Brooke Point, the Frohnapfel brothers connected for three touchdowns. In the game, Blake Frohnapfel connected on seven of his 10 passes for 232 yards and four scores, while Eric caught four passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

“They’re a great group of brothers,” Brown said. “They seem to like each other and get along, and they both have a 4.0 grade-point averages. They’re grounded. They have good support at home and they have a real good work ethic.”

Can Hylton do it again?

With Hylton’s 42-0 victory over Freedom-Woodbridge on Friday night, during which its defense forced six turnovers and limited the Eagles to 29 total yards of offense, the Bulldogs won their second straight contest and took another step toward matching last year’s late-season push when they won six of their last seven games after a 1-2 start.

The playoffs, though, are still far away. Figure that Hylton has 23.0 Powerpoints and is currently seeded ninth, with games the final two weeks against Gar-Field (5-3) and Forest Park (0-8). Victorious over Gar-Field and Forest Park would give Hylton a four-game winning streak to close the season and likely result in the Bulldogs leaping over eighth-place Gar-Field. Riverbend faces Colonial Forge and North Stafford the next two weeks and could drop.

Figure, too, that George Washington and William Fleming meet in a Western Valley Week 10 game, possibly taking one of those two out of the mix. And depending on what Loudoun Valley -- with Heritage and Battlefield remaining -- does at No. 7, Hylton, with two more wins, could be your sixth team.

“We were right there, so our whole thing was, ‘Keep your head up, let’s try to run the table,’” said Coach Lou Sorrentino of his message to the team after a 20-13 loss to Woodbridge on Oct. 9 that dropped the Bulldogs to 2-4. “Hopefully we can continue to play well.”

Gar-Field, though, has had two weeks to prepare for the Bulldogs and would like nothing better than to spoil that plan. Should be a good one in Dale City on Friday for the second straight Outback Bowl (check back Thursday for more details).

Panthers power past Riverbend, others

In Massaponax’s option offense, it’s very hard to predict who’s going to shine on any given night. But during Friday’s 45-35 win over Riverbend, the decision was a bit easier: everybody did.

Three players ran for more than 100 yards as the Panthers totaled 452 as a team. Jauan Latney led the charge with seven carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns, while Thomas Robinson (14 carries, 106 yards) and Andre Wyche (10 carries, 129 yards, TD) each surpassed the century mark.

On the season, Massaponax has totaled 2,429 rushing yards, which works out to an average of 304 per game. Robinson (377, 6 TDs), Najee Harris (533, 13 TDs), Wyche (407, 2 TDs) and Latney (477 yards, 8 TDs) have all played major parts.

“They’re not the [type of] guys that when they don’t get it that night, they don’t pout or anything,” Massaponax Coach Eric Ludden said. “It’s really refreshing.”

Looking ahead: No. 12 Woodbridge at Osbourn Park, Friday, 7:30

Osbourn Park hasn’t been challenged since it upset Osbourn, 28-26, on Sept. 25. In the four weeks that followed, the Yellow Jackets beat Gar-Field, Freedom-Woodbridge, Potomac and Forest Park by a combined score of 102-13. Throw away Gar-Field’s 5-3 record and the other teams are 1-24.

In Woodbridge, a team Osbourn Park will host on Friday for Cardinal District bragging rights, the Yellow Jackets will finally be tested. Woodbridge has scored 18 rushing touchdowns and has a veteran quarterback in 6-foot-5 senior Frank Buckley (1,275 yards, 16 touchdowns).

“There’s no question that we have our hands full,” said Osbourn Park Coach Brian Beaty. “They’re a good ballclub. They’ve been to the playoffs the last couple of years. They’re undefeated. The coaches and the kids are excited.”

By Jason Mackey  |  October 26, 2009; 5:19 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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