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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Playoff Capsules

READ MORE: Be sure to give Taft Coghill Jr.’s high school football feature story about how dificult schedules have helped motivate teams to continue to improve.

 

6A–SOUTH, CONFERENCES 3 & 4

THOMAS DALE (6–4) at COLONIAL FORGE (7–3), 7

Waiting next week: Hylton–Cosby winner.

Series history: First-ever meeting.

This week’s matchup: Junior RB Eric Finney (171–1,038, 16 TDs) leads the way for the Knights, who will throw only when necessary. Cornerback C.J. Reavis is a Virginia Tech recruit. Dale—the 2009 Division 6 state champions—has been battered by injuries this season and comes into the playoffs having lost two straight, including last Friday’s defeat to Matoaca.

 

5A–NORTH

THOMAS EDISON (3–7) at MASSAPONAX (10–0), 7

Waiting next week: Albemarle–Falls Church winner.

Series history: First-ever meeting.

This week’s matchup: Edison has lost five of its last six games—the lone win a victory JEB Stuart (2–8) which propelled Edison into the No. 16 seed. Vinny Mihota won’t play for the Panthers; Javonte Latney is expected to play sparingly.

THOMAS JEFFERSON (4–6) at NORTH STAFFORD (8–2), 7

Waiting next week: Mount Vernon–Tuscarora winner.

Series history: First-ever meeting.

This week’s matchup: The Colonials of Alexandria carried a three-game losing streak into the postseason, including last Friday’s 35–6 loss to Stone Bridge. Jefferson is making its second straight playoff appearance. It was bounced in the first round by Yorktown in 2012. The Eagles have allowed more than 36 points per game over their last five outings and have been outscored 281–180 this season, while North is outscoring its opponents 302–118.

POTOMAC (4–6) at MOUNTAIN VIEW (7–3), 7

Waiting next week: Potomac Falls–Briar Woods winner

Series history: Mountain View beat Potomac 14–13 in last year’s Northwest Region Division 5 semifinals.

This week’s matchup: The Panthers snapped a two-game

skid last Friday, beating Freedom to conclude its regular season. This is the second straight postseason trip for Potomac, after a five-year absence.

 

4A–NORTH

PULASKI (4–6) at COURTLAND (8–2), 7

Waiting next week: Charlottesville–G. Washington winner

Series history: Courtland beat Pulaski 8–7 in the 1986 postseason.

This week’s matchup: Pulaski is 0–4 over its last four games, having scored just 42 combined points in those games. Courtland has won eight straight, after starting the season with losses to Massaponax and Riverbend. Pulaski reached the region semifinals in 2012, where it lost to Salem.

E.C. GLASS (4–6) at EASTERN VIEW (9–1), 7

Waiting next week: Loudoun County–Woodgrove winner.

Series history: First-ever meeting.

This week’s matchup: It’s Eastern View’s second postseason trip in school history, and it starts with the Hilltoppers, a team which finished the regular season by losing four of its last five games.

DOMINION (6–4) at KING GEORGE (8–2), 7

Waiting next week: Fauquier–Salem winner.

Series history: Dominion won regular-season games against the Foxes in 2006 (16–12) and 2005 (24–19).

This week’s matchup: It’s just the second playoff appearance in school history for Dominion (the other was a one-game trip in 2010). King George’s win against Grafton last year was the Foxes’ first playoff victory since 2001.

 

4A–SOUTH

CAROLINE (4–6) at PHOEBUS (9–1), 7:30

Waiting next week: King’s Fork–Tabb winner

Series history: First-ever meeting.

This week’s matchup: Caroline makes its first trip to the playoffs since 2007. Their reward is a trip to Phoebus, the four-time Division 5 champions from 2008 to 2011. The Phantoms lost to Lake Taylor in last year’s state final.

 

3A–EAST

ARMSTRONG (3–7) at JAMES MONROE (6–4), 7

Waiting next week: Thomas Jefferson–Central winner

Series history: First-ever meeting.

This week’s matchup: It’s Armstrong’s first playoff trip in about 20 years, clinched with an upset of 5A Henrico last Friday. Receiver Kevon Cooley (54–1,002, 13TDs) is a weapon to contend with. Stopping him should be James Monroe’s first priority.

SPOTSYLVANIA (3–7) at LAFAYETTE (10–0), 7

Waiting next week: York–Hopwell winner.

Series history: Lafayette leads the all-time series, 2–1, including the Rams’ 13–3 win in the 1999 region final, the last playoff trip for Spotsylvania.

This week’s matchup: Running back Jahlil Green (1,541, 24TDs) is the best offensive weapon for Lafayette. The Rams have allowed just 10 points per game, with a veteran defense led by linebacker Schekel Wallace.

 

1A–EAST

MIDDLESEX (7–3) at WASHINGTON & LEE (6–4), 7

Waiting next week: Lancaster–Central winner

This week’s matchup: Middlesex is striving for its first playoff victory since the 1994 state semifinals. The Chargers have not beaten a team with a winning record this year (in fact their seven victories came against teams with a combined 10–49 record).

COLONIAL BEACH (5–5) at RAPPAHANNOCK (7–3)

Waiting next week: William Campbell–Altavista winner

Series history: This will be the sixth meeting since 2009. The Drifters won the first two, lost the next two and then beat the Raiders 10–0 earlier this season.

This week’s matchup: In that earlier matchup, the Drifters allowed just 23 rushing yards.

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