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Northwest Region Football in review: Week 10

Last week I wrote about the Northwest Region’s playoff picture and compared it to Bob Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet.” Well, things didn’t get too jumbled this week but there were a few interesting storylines that came out of Friday’s games.

Riverbend, after a 7-0 start, suffered its second straight defeat -- Massaponax and now Colonial Forge. Now the Bears need a win this Friday against North Stafford to erase all doubt from whether or not they’ll make the playoffs.

If Riverbend loses, Loudoun Valley and Gar-Field will enter into the conversation, especially if the Vikings upset No. 9 Battlefield or the Indians knock off No. 12 Woodbridge. Woodbridge, with a win, can lock up the other Division 6 bye.

In Division 5, North Stafford knocked off top seed Massaponax, but how long that remains a significant factor will be learned after the Wolverines’ game Friday with Riverbend. If North Stafford loses, it’s easy to see Massaponax reclaiming that spot.

“This is a desperate game for them, but we need to win this game as well,” North Stafford Coach Joe Mangano said of playing Riverbend. “We’d like to get that first-round bye if we could.”

Click below for an recap of everything from this weekend and a few storylines that came out of Friday’s games.

Week 10 scores

Friday, Oct. 30
Hylton 14, Gar-Field 16
No. 12 Woodbridge 9, Osbourn Park 3
Freedom-Woodbridge 7, Forest Park 14
No. 9 Battlefield 42, Stonewall Jackson 0
Loudoun Valley 35, Heritage 0
Mountain View 45, Albemarle 12
Stafford 0, Brooke Point 13
No. 15 Colonial Forge 28, Riverbend 7
North Stafford 23, Massaponax 13

Open: Potomac, Osbourn

Week 11 schedule

Friday, Nov. 6
Forest Park at Hylton, 7:30
Osbourn Park at Franklin County, 7:30
Potomac at Freedom-Woodbridge, 7:30
Gar-Field at No. 12 Woodbridge, 7:30
No. 9 Battlefield at Loudoun Valley, 7:30
Heritage at Osbourn, 7:30
Brooke Point at Albemarle, 7
Stafford at No. 14 Colonial Forge, 7:30
Massaponax at Mountain View, 7:30
Riverbend at North Stafford, 7:30


Cardinal District (Overall, District)

Woodbridge (9-0, 5-0)
Osbourn Park (7-2, 5-1)
Gar-Field (6-3, 4-1)
Hylton (4-5, 2-3)
Potomac (1-8, 1-4)
Forest Park (1-8, 1-4)
Freedom-Woodbridge (0-9, 0-5)

Cedar Run District
Battlefield (9-0, 3-0)
Osbourn (6-3, 2-1)
Loudoun Valley (6-3, 3-2)
Heritage (2-7, 1-3)
Stonewall Jackson (3-7, 0-4)

Commonwealth District

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

Who’s beating who?

Cedar Run -- 26-20 (.565)
Commonwealth -- 40-32 (.556)
Cardinal -- 28-35 (.444)

Game of the week -- North Stafford 23, Massaponax 13

Maybe it was the rainy, misty night or maybe it was just a strange case of déjà vu, but something reminded North Stafford Coach Joe Mangano on Friday of a win he helped produce while he was the head coach at Gar-Field in 2006.

That memory was a 13-9 victory at Varina on Sept. 4, 2006, which, the coach said, snapped a five-year home winning streak for the Blue Devils. Now Mangano’s current squad has its own program-defining win, as the Wolverines erased a seven-point halftime deficit and scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Massaponax, 23-13.

“During the course of the game, I said to one of my assistants, ‘This feels like Varina all over again,’” Mangano said. “That was our turning point.”

Running back Torry Hart broke a 13-13 tie in the fourth quarter with his 9-yard touchdown run and Austin Grebe tacked on a field goal to give North Stafford the 10-point cushion. Hart had 13 carries for 91 yards, while quarterback Marcus Morrast ran for 87 and two touchdowns on 21 carries.

Friday night’s five best

Nagee Jackson, RB, Battlefield -- Scored three times and totaled 137 rushing yards on 15 carries during Battlefield’s 42-0 win over Stonewall Jackson.

Andrew Taylor, QB, Loudoun Valley -- Completed 12 of his 20 passes for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns, helping the Vikings’ to a 35-0 win over Heritage.

Jared Fayorsey, LB, North Stafford -- Fayorsey had seven solo tackles (three for a loss) and a sack during North Stafford’s 23-13 win over Massaponax. Fayorsey and Co. held Massaponax scoreless in the second half.

Tyler Wilson, RB, Colonial Forge -- The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior carried 15 times for 97 yards and three touchdowns during the Eagles’ 28-7 win at Riverbend.

Jaylen Avent/Michael Ford, RBs, Woodbridge -- This young duo combined for 214 rushing yards during the Vikings' 9-3 win at Osbourn Park, gaining several key first downs in the final few minutes.

The Northwest Powerpoint picture

Division 6

1. Battlefield (9-0) 33.1
2. Woodbridge (9-0) 31.1
3. Colonial Forge (8-1) 31.0
4. Osbourn Park (7-2) 27.8
5. Franklin County (8-1) 27.0
6. Riverbend (7-2) 26.8
*7. Loudoun Valley (6-3) 25.7
*8. Gar-Field (6-3) 24.8

Division 5

T-1. North Stafford (7-2) 27.4
T-1. Massaponax (7-2) 27.4
3. Brooke Point (5-4) 26.0
4. Osbourn (6-3) 25.9
5. GW-Danville (5-4) 24.9
6. William Fleming (6-2) 23.6
*7. Mountain View (4-5) 22.3

*Only the top six seeds make the playoffs

*** Seedings and Powerpoints are determined by the Virginia High School League. Full results and more can be found here.

Is Brooke Point back?

With its 13-0 win over Stafford on Friday night, Brooke Point snapped out of its midseason funk that resulted in three consecutive losses and eliminated any chance of the Black-Hawks claiming their third straight Commonwealth District title.

However, if Brooke Point wants to advance come playoff time, Coach Jeff Berry knows more will be required than the four-turnover, 16-penalty effort that was put forth on Friday.

“It’s going to be an old-school week of practice,” Berry said of how he’ll correct the turnovers and penalties. “We’ll go about it the right way. Friday night wasn’t how to play the game effectively, and our will kids will get the point.”

With one game left against winless Albemarle, the Black-Hawks are seeded third in Division 5 and will likely face GW-Danville, William Fleming or Mountain View in the first round of the playoffs.

Re-visiting some old friends, err, mistakes

While compiling previews for this season, I was asked to assign a star-based rating to each team that I would be covering; one star signaled that this year would a rebuilding year, while four stars meant greatness. Just for kicks I decided to look at those ratings and see how I did. Here’s who I assigned what at the beginning of the season.

One Star: Loudoun Valley, Riverbend, Freedom-Woodbridge
Two Stars: Stonewall Jackson, Heritage, Forest Park, Albemarle, Massaponax, Mountain View, North Stafford, Stafford
Three Stars: Gar-Field, Hylton, Osbourn Park, Potomac, Woodbridge, Brooke Point, Colonial Forge
Four Stars: Battlefield, Osbourn

The prognosis (not good):

*The rebuilding process at Riverbend and Loudoun Valley must’ve been lightning-quick; Riverbend is 7-2 and Loudoun Valley is 6-3.

*Three of my two-star teams, Forest Park, Stafford and Albemarle, are a combined 3-24.

*The top two Division 5 teams in terms of Powerpoints, Massaponax and North Stafford, were both given two-star ratings.

*The combined record for my one-star teams is 13-14 (.481); two-star is 26-47 (.356), three-star is 40-23 (.635); four-star is 15-3 (.833)

Looking ahead -- Riverbend at North Stafford, Friday, 7:30

There’s an easy scenario here: If Riverbend wins, the Bears will capture at least the sixth seed in the Northwest Region Division 6 playoffs. But if the Bears lose, things get a lot more complicated.

Kirkland Nelms (9 total TDs) and Zac Nacccarato (76 of 156, 1,238 yards, 12 TDs) lead the Riverbend offense in a must-win game, while North Stafford counters with Torry Hart, who has 173 carries for 1,044 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

At stake for North Stafford is a first-round bye, which will be especially crucial if the Wolverines hope to have junior defensive back Sean Walker in their lineup for the playoffs. Walker has been out since Oct. 2 with a broken leg.

Also, check out the All-Met offense, All-Met defense and weigh in on the Varsity Debate.

By Jason Mackey  |  November 2, 2009; 9:24 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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