Week 9 in the Northwest Region
This week is highlighted by a fantastic Prince William football game and a Stafford game that’s equally as good. We'll have both covered, so make sure to stop back at the site over the weekend to read about Woodbridge at Osbourn Park and Colonial Forge at Riverbend, both of which will have major Northwest Region Division 6 playoff implications.
There are also a few less-heralded matchups that still carry some importance. Will it e Gar-Field or Hylton that keeps its late-season hopes alive? Can Loudoun Valley, as the seventh seed in Division 6, keep winning and hope that somebody up above loses? Guess we’ll find out by Saturday morning.
Last Week: 9-0
No. 12 Woodbridge (8-0, 4-0) at Osbourn Park (7-1, 5-0), 7:30
As Woodbridge Interim Coach Kevin Smith told me earlier this week: something has to give. Osbourn Park has the area’s top defense, which has given up 67 points in eight games (8.4 ppg); this month, Osbourn Park has allowed 13 total points. Meanwhile, Woodbridge boasts Prince William County’s top offense, which is scoring an average of 36.4 points per game and has put more than 20 points during every game this season. Yep, I’m taking offense over defense.
Hylton (4-4, 2-2) at Gar-Field (5-3, 3-1), 7:30
For two playoff outliers, this game is a must-have. Should Hylton win, Gar-Field’s hopes of making the playoffs are pretty much shot. And if Gar-Field wins, the idea of Hylton running the table to grab the No. 6 seed in the Northwest Region’s Division 6 playoff picture will look like nothing more than smoke. This is also the start of a steak-infused rivalry, and I’m picking Hylton to capture its second straight Outback Bowl title.
Freedom-Woodbridge (0-8, 0-4) at Forest Park (0-8, 0-4), 7:30
Much like I wrote last week about the Stafford-Albemarle game, somebody will leave Forest Park High School late Friday night feeling pretty good about themselves. Forest Park’s struggles this season have been somewhat unexpected, considering the Bruins were 4-6 a year ago and returned one of the area’s strongest linebackers in Nate Brown. I’m taking Brown and Co. to get on the board here.
Pick: Forest Park
No. 9 Battlefield (8-0, 2-0) at Stonewall Jackson (3-6, 0-3), 7:30
The Battlefield machine rolls on. Battlefield isn’t flashy but nobody has been able to stop the Bobcats, as evidenced by the their best-in-state rating (33.0) when it comes to the Virginia High School League’s Powerpoint system. During last week’s 41-22 win over Heritage, Battlefield led 27-0 at halftime and wasn’t threatened. Look for another big week from Nagee Jackson and Cedric Agyeman, who each rushed for more than 100 yards last week.
Loudoun Valley (5-3, 2-2) at Heritage (2-6, 1-2), 7:30
Talk about efficiency. In Loudoun Valley’s 19-7 win last week over Herndon, quarterback Andrew Taylor attempted four passes and completed them all for 130 yards and a score. And on the ground, Ricky Simmons ran for 126 yards, Kevin Wiley had 90 and a score and Bernard Thompson added 70. Loudoun Valley has 24.8 Powerpoints and is currently seventh, so this week is crucial for the Vikings of they want to make the playoffs, something they haven’t done since moving to the Cedar Run District.
Pick: Loudoun Valley
Mountain View (3-5, 1-4) at Albemarle (0-8, 0-5), 7
It’s been a rough stretch for Mountain View. Since starting Commonwealth District play on Sept. 25 with a 37-15 loss to Brooke Point, the Wildcats have been outscored 98-172 while going 1-4. A chance to right the ship arrives, though, with 0-8 Albemarle, which lost to Stafford last week. Despite Mountain View’s struggles, the Wildcats are one spot out of a Division 5 playoff berth with 21.8 Powerpoints; William Fleming is sixth with 23.0 but hosts fifth-place GW-Danville next week.
Pick: Mountain View
Stafford (2-6, 1-4) at Brooke Point (4-4, 2-3), 7:30
Stafford earned its first district win last week with a 41-6 home victory over Albemarle. For their efforts, the Indians are rewarded with Brooke Point, the two-defending district champion which is on a three-game losing streak -- something tells me that doesn’t sit well with Black-Hawks Coach Jeff Berry. During a 31-14 win over Stafford on Oct. 9, Mountain View’s Anthony Johnson caught five passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Brooke Point wideout E.L. Smiling to have a monster game.
Pick: Brooke Point
No. 15 Colonial Forge (7-1, 5-0) at Riverbend (7-1, 4-1), 7:30
Two of Prince William County’s most successful coaches will match wits here. One of these guys you know -- Bill Brown, who has made Colonial Forge a power in his third year there. The other you probably don’t. Todd Campbell, Riverbend’s first-year head coach, spent a 14 years as Lou Sorrentino’s offensive coordinator at Culpeper and Hylton -- succeeding Brown in 2002 -- and has turned around Riverbend. With a win Friday, Riverbend can match its win total from the three previous years combined. It’s going to be tough to do, though, against Brown’s offense, which scored more than 50 points for the third time in four weeks during a 54-22 win over Brooke Point on Oct. 23.
Pick: Colonial Forge
North Stafford (6-2, 3-2) at Massaponax (7-1, 4-1), 7:30
Because of two dynamic run offenses, this one might be over by 8:30. North Stafford relies heavily on junior Torry Hart, who has 953 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, while Massaponax relies on, well, just about everybody. The Panthers have an astounding 2,429 rushing yards this season, and that total has been spread mostly between Thomas Robinson (377, 6 TDs), Najee Harris (533 yards, 13 TDs), Andre Wyche (407 yards, 2 TDs) and Jauan Latney (477 yards, 8 TDs). I’m taking the Massaponax offense, which has scored 212 points over its past four games, to win this one.
October 29, 2009; 11:25 AM ET
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