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Week 9 in the Northwest Region

It's easy to look at this week’s slate of games and call the matchups lopsided, with Potomac (1-7) taking on Woodbridge (7-0) and Forest Park (0-7) playing at Osbourn Park (6-1). Fair enough.

Another way to view it is there are just more opportunities for crazy upsets. Put me in the first category, though, as I really don’t see Freedom-Woodbridge or Forest Park pulling off a stunner. Although I know if they do my inbox will be flooded on Saturday morning and rightfully so.

Last week was a good one pick-wise. Let’s hope this Friday doesn’t disappoint.

Last Week: 9-1
Season: 31-8

Freedom-Woodbridge (0-7, 0-3) at Hylton (3-4, 1-2), 7:30

Will this be the week that Freedom-Woodbridge finally gets in the win column? Hylton certainly hopes not. After a 27-13 victory over Heritage last week, it’s not inconceivable for the Bulldogs to win out, with a game at Gar-Field (5-3) and home contest against Forest Park remaining. Right now Hylton has 22.1 Powerpoints in the Division 6 standings, placing them ninth. But that would change with a four-game losing streak to close the season.

Pick: Hylton

Forest Park (0-7, 0-3) at Osbourn Park (6-1, 4-0), 7:30

Gary Jackson
and Dominique Terrell returned to the Osbourn Park lineup last week but weren’t required to do much during a 10-0 win over Potomac. Jamil Brown threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jackson (24 carries, 89 yards) for the Yellow Jackets’ lone score, while Terrell -- the team’s normal starting quarterback -- connected on one of his three passes for 40 yards. He also ran nine times for 47 yards. The thinking here is that neither will have to do all that much again this week, but both will certainly want to be ready for next Friday’s home date with Woodbridge.

Pick: Osbourn Park

Potomac (1-7, 1-3) at No. 12 Woodbridge (7-0, 3-0), 7:30

How dominant was Woodbridge’s 45-7 win last week over Freedom-Woodbridge? The Vikings called up Jerrell Philips from the JV squad, handed him the ball 30 times and he gained 117 yards and scored once. This matchup also features both the AAA Virginia Division 5 and Division 6 state final participants, although both teams lost that afternoon to Stone Bridge and Westfield.

Pick: Woodbridge

No. 9 Battlefield (7-0, 1-0) at Heritage (2-5, 1-1), 7:30

Don’t kick a sleeping giant. Or don’t wake a dead horse. Something like that. Regardless, Battlefield looked awful during the first half of its 20-18 win over Osbourn Monday night. At halftime, though, the Bobcats woke up and played lights out in the final 24 minutes, although Osbourn nearly made a late comeback. What’s this tell us? Battlefield learned how it can’t play. Careful to avoid that, I’m guessing they’ll come out and show how they can play.

Pick: Battlefield

Osbourn (5-3, 1-1) at Stonewall Jackson (3-5, 0-2), 7:30

In his past three games, Osbourn quarterback Thomas Keith has averaged 245 total yards and more than two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Stonewall Jackson got Sean Blackman back from his shoulder injury last week to bolster its rushing attack. This one’s interesting: Stonewall Jackson really needs a win to avoid starting 0-3 in the Cedar Run District, but I just don’t see Osbourn, especially after its loss Monday to Battlefield, coming out with anything but a dominant performance.

Pick: Osbourn

Albemarle (0-7, 0-4) at Stafford (1-6, 0-4), 7:30

Maybe Albemarle can drive its homecoming parade all the way from Charlottesville for this one. It’s been a rough season so far for these two teams, having been outscored by a combined 423 points. But look at it this way: Somebody is going to walk away victorious and happy on Friday. I’m picking the Indians.

Pick: Stafford

Brooke Point (4-3, 2-2) at No. 15 Colonial Forge (6-1, 4-0), 7:30

Brooke Point has lost two straight -- 54-7 to Massaponax and 34-29 to Riverbend -- and Colonial Forge looks to have emerged as the class of the Commonwealth District. A loss here would officially quash any hopes Brooke Point still has of winning its third straight district title, although the Black-Hawks are still second in the Division 5 playoff picture with 25.0 Powerpoints. With running back Tyler Wilson and other playmakers on offense, Colonial Forge will be difficult to stop.

Pick: Colonial Forge

Massaponax (6-1, 3-1) at Riverbend (7-0, 4-0), 7:30

Let’s look at a common opponent to try and think this one through -- Brooke Point. Massaponax beat the Black-Hawks, 54-7, in what was the Panthers’ breakout game this season. Riverbend, meanwhile, squeaked past Brooke Point last week, 34-29. These are two opponents that have been very tough to get a read on this season, so I guess I’m going to go with that, although I don’t think much of anything can stop Riverbend these days.

Pick: Massaponax

Mountain View (3-4, 1-3) at North Stafford (5-2, 2-2), 7:30

Colonial Forge pierced the Mountain View defense for 485 rushing yards last week during its 56-14 win over the Wildcats. Think Torry Hart, North Stafford’s running back who’s having an excellent season while returning from injury, didn’t take notice? As I wrote about this week, Hart has impressive numbers -- 137 carries, 852 yards, eight touchdowns -- but the funny part is that he’s had four more runs called back because of penalties. I’m thinking Hart has a pretty big day in this one.

Pick: North Stafford

By Jason Mackey  |  October 22, 2009; 5:46 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 , Riverbend , Stafford , Stonewall Jackson , Woodbridge  
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