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Northwest Region football in review: Week 10

A clutch win, a budding star and a pair of heavyweights stayed undefeated; it’s just another wild and wacky week in the Northwest Region, which beats another episode of Nickelodeon’s Wild & Crazy Kids, by far.

In the U.S. Marine-sponsored Great American Rivalry Series, Woodbridge freshman Jaylen Avent went off, carrying 23 times for 236 yards and three scores, while three of those runs came from more than 60 yards out.

Riverbend needed a win to punch its playoff ticket and did just that, thanks to a gutsy, come-from-behind performance at North Stafford.

All told, the playoffs are here, and there couldn’t be any more intrigue than what we have already. Will Osbourn follow last season’s magic carpet ride to the Virginia AAA state final? Will Battlefield justify its best-in-state Powerpoint score?

The answers to these questions will become known in the weeks ahead. But in the meantime, take a read below to see where we stand after Week 11.

Week 11 Scores

Friday, Nov. 6
Forest Park 0, Hylton 6
Osbourn Park 13, Franklin County 7
Potomac 42, Freedom-Woodbridge 6
Gar-Field 16, No. 12 Woodbridge 35
No. 9 Battlefield 35, Loudoun Valley 17
Heritage 6, Osbourn 42
Brooke Point 69, Albemarle 14
Stafford 6, No. 14 Colonial Forge 49
Massaponax 38, Mountain View 19
Riverbend 31, North Stafford 27

Northwest Region quarterfinals -- Friday, Nov. 13

Division 6

No. 6 Franklin County at No. 3 Colonial Forge, 7:30
No. 5 Riverbend at No. 4 Osbourn Park, 7:30

Byes: No. 1 Battlefield, No. 2 Woodbridge

Division 5

No. 6 George Washington at No. 3 Osbourn, 7:30
No. 5 William Fleming at No. 4 Brooke Point, 7:30

Byes: No. 1 Massaponax, No. 2 North Stafford

Final standings

Cardinal District (Overall, District)
Woodbridge (10-0, 6-0)
Osbourn Park (8-2, 5-1)
Gar-Field (6-4, 4-2)
Hylton (5-5, 3-3)
Potomac (2-8, 2-4)
Forest Park (1-9, 1-5)
Freedom-Woodbridge (0-10, 0-6)

Cedar Run District
Battlefield (10-0, 4-0)
Osbourn (7-3, 3-1)
Loudoun Valley (6-4, 2-2)
Heritage (2-8, 1-3)
Stonewall Jackson (3-7, 0-4)

Commonwealth District
Colonial Forge (9-1, 7-0)
Massaponax (8-2, 5-2)
Riverbend (8-2, 5-2)
Brooke Point (6-4, 4-3)
North Stafford (7-3, 4-3)
Mountain View (4-6, 2-5)
Stafford (2-8, 1-6)
Albemarle (0-10, 0-7)

Who’s beatin’ who?

Cedar Run -- 28-22 (.560)
Commonwealth -- 44-36 (.550)
Cardinal -- 32-38 (.457)

Game of the week -- Riverbend 31, North Stafford 27

The basic scenario here: Riverbend needed a win to get into the playoffs and eliminate all discussion about Powerpoints, who beat who, etc.

Thanks to a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from quarterback Zac Naccarato to Kirkland Nelms, who plays a Percy Harvin-type, hybrid role, the Bears accomplished their goal, snatching up the fifth seed in the Northwest Region Division 6 playoffs.

So, a year ago, Riverbend had one win -- and that came during the first week of the season. This year the Bears are playoff-bound because of this come-from-behind victory over North Stafford, one that first-year coach Todd Campbell said his team felt strongly it could get.

“They expected to win that game,” said Campbell, whose team overcame four separate deficits to beat the Wolverines. “The way they had gone through this season, they’re not afraid of anybody.”

Friday night’s five best

Jaylen Avent, RB, Woodbridge -- So De’Antwan Williams was nicknamed “Rocket.” For his protégé, how ‘bout “Firecracker?” In a breakout game, Avent ran 23 times for 236 yards and three touchdowns during a 35-16 victory over Gar-Field.

Nagee Jackson, RB, Battlefield -- In addition to scoring three touchdowns for the second consecutive week, Jackson carried 18 times for 145 yards and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He now has 1,001 yards and 16 scores.

Dominique Terrell, QB, Osbourn Park -- Very solid performance at the perfect time, completing 7 of 8 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns while running 18 times for 135 yards during the Yellow Jackets’ 13-7 win over Franklin County.

Zac Naccarato, QB, Riverbend -- The numbers are good, not great. But the situation in which they came (see above) makes them even more impressive: 15 for 27, 192 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score.

Torry Hart, RB, North Stafford -- Stafford County’s best RB did all he could, carrying 20 times for 121 yards and three scores, though he team dropped a tough one to Naccarato’s Bears.

Yellow Jackets can get defensive, too

I’ve obviously followed -- and written a great deal about -- the exploits of Osbourn Park’s backfield duo of Dominique Terrell and Gary Jackson. And while the QB-RB tandem, despite a pair of midseason injuries, has been outstanding, it’s not the only reason the Yellow Jackets wrapped up the regular season at 8-2.

Osbourn Park’s defense has allowed 83 points this season, which works out to an average of 8.3 per game. Imagine lining up against a team and knowing that you’ve only got about a touchdown and a two-point conversion to work with. Ouch.

I talked with Coach Brian Beaty, who’s a former defensive back, on Sunday night about his defense, and he seemed to think that it was the group’s ability to communicate effectively that makes it so special. Beaty also praised the works of Cristian Portillo, Alex Yezzi, Kyle Whitt and Zach Roy.

“I feel like defensively that they’re all on the same page,” Beaty said. “They communicate well out there. I’ve never believed that you can be a good defense without doing a lot of talking. They do a good job of that.”

Osbourn Park has allowed more than a touchdown only twice this season and won one of those games -- a 28-26 victory over Osbourn on Sept. 25. The unit also pitched back-to-back shutouts against Freedom-Woodbridge and Potomac.

“It’s really a team effort,” Beaty said. “They all play at the same level. If you would ask who’s the leader of the defense, I probably couldn’t tell you.”

Osbourn’s balanced offense keys strong second half

Entering this season, Osbourn Coach Steve Schultze expected a lot out the Keith brothers, quarterback Thomas and wide receiver Timmy. What he did not expect, however, was for his offense to become so diverse. With 3,201 yards of offense this season, the Eagles have also been able to spread the wealth.

Thomas Keith
has completed 42.3 percent of his passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns this season while also leading the team with 776 rushing yards. He also has seven touchdowns on the ground. Timmy Keith has caught 20 balls for 317 yards and two scores and has ran for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns -- both during the Eagles’ 42-6 win over Heritage on Friday.

Running back Vidal Greene, with his 6.9-yards-per-carry average and 16 touchdowns, has been a pleasant surprise. So has Robbie Carter, who has 190 yards and two touchdowns. Lucky Whitehead, a do-it-all-type guy, has continued to give the Eagles a balanced look.

“We’ve been so quarterback-heavy the last couple of years, so I’m pleased we’ve been spreading the ball around,” said Schultze, whose team has done four of five down the stretch and has been averaging 38.4 points per game since the season’s midpoint.

Battlefield, Woodbridge are undefeated … again

As a sports reporter, there are just some things you have to ask. And, as a sports reporter, there are some things that you know are going to deliver a horrid, boring response. This would be one of them. What’s an undefeated regular season -- and in this case back-to-back ones -- mean to you and your team?

By beating Loudoun Valley and Gar-Field on Friday, both Battlefield and Woodbridge wrapped up their second straight undefeated regular seasons.

Why’s this boring? Well, who’s really going to celebrate a 10-0 regular season with the playoffs approaching? Nobody.

Still, it’s an accomplishment that should not be taken lightly, as both teams have been able to put together rather extensive regular season winning streaks, Battlefield with 29 straight and Woodbridge with 20.

(The Bobcats’ last defeat was a 31-20 home loss to Potomac on Aug. 30, 2007, while the Vikings’ last one was a 9-7 home loss to Gar-Field on Nov. 9, 2007.)

“We really haven’t paid that much attention to it,” said Battlefield Coach Mark Cox, offering the pre-recording response. “But just like Woodbridge, anytime you can put up back-to-back 10-0 regular seasons, that says a lot for the kids that you have.”

Scintillating stuff, indeed.

Looking ahead: No. 5 Riverbend at No. 4 Osbourn Park, Friday

Neither of these two teams made the playoffs last year. … And that’s about where the similarities end. Riverbend is coached by Todd Campbell, who’s been known as one of the area’s top offensive coordinators for years before becoming a head coach this fall. Osbourn Park’s Brian Beaty has a defense-first mentality, the result of his time spent as a defense.

Both teams do have explosive, X-factor-type players. The abilities of Osbourn Park quarterback Dominique Terrell are well known, but those of Riverbend’s Kirkland Nelms are not. Nelms has scored 14 touchdowns a total of four different ways: punt return, run, catch and interception return.

If Terrell is as effective as he was against Franklin County this past week (7 for 8, 128 yards, two touchdowns, 135 rushing yards) that could spell trouble for Riverbend. Then again, Osbourn Park likely doesn’t want to enter a shootout with the Bears, who are scoring an average of 31.3 points per game this season.

By Jason Mackey  |  November 9, 2009; 12:48 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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