Week 6 Matchups in the Great Northwest
With half of the season in the books for some teams in the Northwest Region, there's, well, yet another half to go. And some teams are just making it to the halfway point this week, maybe stopping in the clubhouse, grabbing a bottle of water and a snack and heading out on the back nine.
Regardless, we're looking at another great week of football in the Northwest Region, and here's another set of fearless predictions, which vary from fearless to mindless. Ah, such is life when it comes to predictions.
Last week: 7-3
Hylton at Potomac (Va.), 7:30
Potomac earned its first win of the season last week with a 14-10 victory over Forest Park, and the Panthers could possibly make it two in a row before next weekend’s game at Gar-Field. At 1-4 overall, 1-0 against Cardinal District opponents, Potomac still has a chance. But it has to continue the momentum gained last week. Hylton, meanwhile, will once again look to senior Jabari Neeley, who rushed for more than 100 yards and posted 12 or more tackles for the second time this season when the Bulldogs dropped a 13-7 decision to Battlefield.
Osbourn Park at Gar-Field, 7:30
There’ll be a whole lot of skill and very little variation. Both of these teams are built similarly: fast skill players that both coaches will lean heavily on. Look for Osbourn Park quarterback Dominique Terrell attempt to give Gar-Field’s defense fits, and watch Gar-Field tailback Bryce Miller try to slash his way through the Yellow Jackets’ defense. This one could be a pivotal point in someone’s season, too. As I wrote in this week’s preview, Gar-Field’s next two opponents are 1-9. Osbourn Park’s next three are 1-13.
No. 16 Woodbridge at Forest Park, 7:30
How will Woodbridge deal with the loss of Keith King, who was placed on administrative leave with pay this week. The Vikings were lead by quarterback Frank Buckley last week, who tossed four touchdown passes and threw for 242 yards during a rout of Stonewall Jackson last week. Forest Park will hope to pull a monumental upset.
No. 12 Battlefield at George Washington, 7:30
No. 12 Battlefield will travel out of town to play a non-district game tonight -- way out of town. The undefeated Bobcats face a four-hour, 200-plus-mile trip before tonight’s 7:30 kickoff at George Washington High School in Danville.
Osbourn at Heritage, 7:30
Heritage and Osbourn were both shocked last week. After a 21-17 upset win over Loudoun Valley, Heritage earned its first win of the season, while Osbourn, which lost to neighborhood rival Osbourn Park for the first time since 2004, suffered its second loss in five weeks.
Stonewall Jackson at Freedom-Woodbridge, 7:30
Stonewall Jackson couldn’t get much going last week during its 49-17 loss to Woodbridge. Perhaps tossing “Freedom-“ in front of that will produce a different result. Freedom-Woodbridge, like Forest Park, is winless this season and would love to get on the board here.
Pick: Stonewall Jackson
Albemarle at Colonial Forge, 7
Coach Bill Brown’s team came from behind late in the fourth quarter to defeat Massaponax last week. Something tells me that won’t be necessary this time. Albemarle is 0-4 and lost to North Stafford, 50-0.
Pick: Colonial Forge
North Stafford at Brooke Point, 7:30
The gem of the week. Really. Last year, as I say often, this one might’ve been a dud. But North Stafford is really a team to watch at 4-0. North Stafford faces a very tough test in Brooke Point’s offense, which featured quarterback Gary Pisall’s 388-yard, four-touchdown performance last week. I wouldn’t expect the same type of shootout as Brooke Point produced during last week’s 37-15win over Mountain View, but watching North Stafford running back Torry Hart compared with Brooke Point’s spread attack would surely be a treat to see. Hart had 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns during a 50-0 rout of Albemarle.
Pick: Brooke Point
Stafford at Massaponax, 7:30
Three weeks removed now from its last win -- the Panthers had a bye week and then lost to Colonial Forge last week -- Massaponax wants to make sure that the loss to Colonial Forge was more of an anomaly than the starting point of a downward spiral. Stafford, meanwhile, beat Potomac in Week 2 but has yet to garner its second win.
Mountain View at Riverbend, 7:30
If you would’ve said at the beginning of the year that Mountain View could be 1-3, I wouldn’t have believed you. By the same token, if you would’ve told me that Riverbend was going to be 4-0, I doubt I would’ve believed that either. Something, here, has to give.
Pick: Mountain View
October 1, 2009; 7:06 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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