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Week 7 Matchups in the Great Northwest

Greetings from the Panera Bread off of Duke Street in Alexandria. With an Asiago Roast Beef sandwich now history, let's turn our attention to Week 7 in the Northwest Region.

Last week was a pretty decent week for yours truly, although I pretty much blew it on my Gar-Fied upset pick and my choice of Mountain View over now-5-0 Riverbend. Oh well. Here's another crack at some predictions and some additional insight for Friday's games.

Last Week: 8-2
Season: 15-5

Loudoun Valley (3-2, 0-1) at Osbourn (4-2, 0-0), 7:30

Osbourn quarterback Thomas Keith is finally healthy and that’s a scary thing if you’re Loudoun Valley. Earlier this season, Keith was slowed by knee soreness and was replaced by fellow senior Chaz Bates, who has thrown for 317 yards and rushed for 151 more in relief.

With Keith healthy, Coach Steve Schultze plans on rotating the two of them depending on the situation, which makes for a very scary proposition. Loudoun Valley, meanwhile, has benefitted from combination of quarterback Andrew Taylor (795 yards, nine touchdowns) and wide receiver Kyle Kohnen.

Osbourn, though, should have a little bit more of an offensive punch with running back Vidal Greene (495 yards, 13 touchdowns) and will sneak past the upstart Vikings.

Pick: Osbourn

Hylton (2-3, 1-1) at No. 16 Woodbridge (5-0, 1-0), 7:30

It’s tempting to take Hylton here. With last week’s triple-overtime win over Potomac, Hylton has all the confidence in the world. But as good as Hylton linebacker Jabari Neeley is defensively, I just don’t see a way to stop Woodbridge’s running game -- outside of lining up about 25 defenders.

Check out the four ball carriers that Woodbridge uses most often:

Jaylen Avent: 50 carries, 359 yards, two touchdowns
Michael Ford: 14 carries, 233 yards, three touchdowns
Zayd Hamilton: 24 carries, 161 yards, two touchdowns
Darius Parson: 30 carries, 152 yards, three touchdowns

Pick: No. 16 Woodbridge

Potomac (1-5, 1-1) at Gar-Field (3-3, 1-1), 7

The Week 1 matchup between these two teams came after a group of Gar-Field players were in a car accident earlier in the day. The team banded together and pulled out a 27-13 win, but this time around there’ll be a different source of motivation: the playoffs.

You have to think that Gar-Field is quite angry about dropping last weekend’s 16-7 decision against Osbourn Park, and I really doubt that the Indians are going to suffered back-to-back losses at home.

Pick: Gar-Field

Freedom-Woodbridge (0-5, 0-1) at Osbourn Park (4-1, 2-0), 7:30

Osbourn Park quarterback Dominique Terrell suffered an ankle injury two weeks ago during the Yellow Jackets' 28-26 win over Osbourn. He was limited last week, carrying only six times for four yards during his team's 16-7 win at Gar-Field. And this week, facing a Freedom-Woodbridge defense that is permitting 28 points per game, Osbourn Park would love to have Terrell at full strength to take full advantage. While his passing numbers -- 25 for 63, 377 yards, four touchdowns -- are somewhat modest, Terrell is Osbourn Park's leading rusher with 85 carries for 507 yards and four touchdowns. Osbourn Park would also like to have Gary Jackson back, who missed the Gar-Field game with a shoulder injury but has totaled 294 rushing yards and four touchdowns this season.

Pick: Osbourn Park

Stonewall Jackson (3-3, 0-0) at Heritage (1-4, 1-0), 7:30

The Raiders have their man back. Sean Jackson had a breakout performance during a 23-7 win over Forest Park on Sept. 18, running for 263 yards and a touchdown, but he was lost late with a s shoulder injury and missed the next two games.

I texted with Coach Mike Dougherty this week and he said that Blackman was back at practice, and he expects to be calling the talented senior’s number on Friday.

Pick: Stonewall Jackson

Albemarle (0-6, 0-2) at Riverbend (5-0, 2-0), 7:30

Albemarle has been outscored during its past two games, 106-21. Riverbend, meanwhile, has garnered more attention for its 5-0 start; however, three of those five wins came against Division 4 teams. And this week, unfortunately, is not going to afford the Bears an opportunity to showcase themselves against one of the area’s premier teams. But it is a potential trap game before next week’s game at Brooke Point.

Pick: Riverbend

Brooke Point (4-1, 2-0) at Massaponax (4-1, 1-1), 7:30

Another 300-yard week and I’m picking up Brooke Point quarterback Gary Pisall for my fantasy football team. Pisall threw for 388 yards two weeks ago and 325 during a win last Friday over North Stafford. Heck, he’s done more than Kyle Orton even if the Broncos are 4-0. Massaponax is in a boat similar to that of Riverbend; three of the team’s four wins have been against Division 4 opponents.

Pick: Brooke Point

North Stafford (4-1, 1-1) at Colonial Forge (4-1, 2-0), 7:30

The migration down south meets in Stafford County. Legendary Coach Bill Brown, who spent time at Potomac and Hylton, is in his third season at Colonial Forge, while Joe Mangano, North Stafford’s field boss, was at Gar-Field two years ago. Brown has turned the Colonial Forge program around for the long haul and Mangano has his squad doing an about-face from 1-9 a year ago. But I think that Colonial Forge is bigger and deeper, although North Stafford has a talented weapon in workhouse running back Torry Hart.

Pick: Colonial Forge

Mountain View (2-3, 0-2) at Stafford (1-4, 0-2), 7:30

My Thursday blog post this week focused on Mountain View wide receiver Anthony Johnson and his off-season adjustments. Johnson, who has caught 32 balls for 519 yards and four touchdowns, focused a lot this summer on his route-running and how he reads defenders.

Chances are Johnson will have a pretty monstrous game against Stafford. Over its past three contests, Stafford’s opponents are scoring an average of 43.3 points per game. This one, for Mountain View at least, should be pretty breezy.

Pick: Mountain View

By Jason Mackey  |  October 9, 2009; 6:03 AM ET
Categories:  Battlefield , Brooke Point , Cardinal District , Cedar Run District , Colonial Forge , Commonwealth District , Football , Forest Park , Freedom-Woodbridge , Gar-Field , Heritage , Loudoun Valley High School , Massaponax , Mountain View , North Stafford , Northwest Region , Osbourn , Osbourn Park , Riverbend , Stafford , Stonewall Jackson , Woodbridge  
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