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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Playoff Preview Capsules

READ MORE: Nathan Warters writes our Friday Night Football Feature for us today about the rematch between Colonial Forge and Hylon as the two have been familiar foes in recent years.

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6A–SOUTH, CONFERENCES 3 & 4

COLONIAL FORGE (8–3) at HYLTON (10–1), 7

Waiting next week: The Conference 1 & 2 final two will be combined with the 3 & 4 final two, and seeded based on the regular-season power points.

Series history: Hylton won all three previous meetings, including 35–16 in the regular season and 23–13 in the Division 6 Northwest Region final last year.

This week’s matchup: Three straight victories have the Eagles on a roll after last week’s 47–26 win over Thomas Dale. Backup QB Gary Jennings’ three touchdown passes and three scores by WR Daniel Ezeagwu helped spark the victory. Five different Eagles contributed touchdowns. They’ll face a familiar opponent in the Bulldogs, who have won seven in a row, including last week’s 19–16 squeaker over Cosby. Multiple-threat QB Travon McMillian is a playmaker with his arm and his legs. The versatile senior has passed for 14 touchdowns and run for another 20.

 

5A–NORTH

FALLS CHURCH (8–3) at MASSAPONAX (11–0), 7

Waiting next week: North Stafford–Tuscarora winner

Series history: First-ever meeting

This week’s matchup: After advancing past the first round for the first time in three years, the top-seeded Panthers tangle with the upset-minded Jaguars. Last week, Falls Church edged Albemarle, 24–23, a team Massaponax defeated 35–14 early in the season. Sr. QB Adam Daly (1,965 yards, 19 touchdown passes) and Sr. Dieon Dupont, a 1,000-yard rusher, supply much of the Panthers’ point production. Massaponax scored 60 points for the second straight game last week, pounding Thomas Edison, 60–22. Twelve backs contributed to their 461 yards of rushing.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (8–3) at BRIAR WOODS (10–1), 7

Waiting next week: Broad Run–Stone Bridge winner

Series history: First-ever meeting

This week’s matchup: Coach Lou Sorrentino’s Wildcats travel to Ashburn to face a tough Briar Woods squad. Both teams won in convincing fashion last week. Mountain View got by Potomac, 21–7, for its fifth straight victory. Conference 15 offensive player of the year Gordon Collins led the way with 150 yards on 21 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Briar Woods is led by talented QB Trace McSorley, who tossed two touchdown passes in a 57–0 rout of Potomac Falls. Briar Woods has won seven straight and outscored its opponents 323–36 during that span.

NORTH STAFFORD (9–2) at TUSCARORA (9–2), 7

Waiting next week: Massaponax–Falls Church winner

Series history: First-ever meeting

This week’s matchup: The Wolverines continue their quest for another deep run in the playoffs against the Huskies in Leesburg. After last week’s 43–7 romp past Thomas Jefferson, they appear to be peaking at the right time. Area rushing leader Von Purvis (1,600 yards, 23 touchdowns) scored four times to ignite the victory. It was the sixth time this season North Stafford’s defense held an opponent to a touchdown or less. Tuscarora is in just its fourth year, but already has won two playoff games. RB Noah Reimers leads their attack with 1,614 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.

 

4A–NORTH

WOODGROVE (8–3) at EASTERN VIEW (10–1), 7

Waiting next week: Dominion–Salem winner

Series history: First-ever meeting

This week’s matchup: After surviving a stiff challenge from E.C. Glass last week, the resilient Cyclones aim for their 11th win against the scrappy Wolverines, who have posted five shutouts. Woodgrove is making just its second postseason appearance, but showed its striking power in last week’s 45–7 win over Loudoun County. RB Josh Sweet set a school record with 330 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Easter View QB Josh Stallings was in top form against the Hilltoppers, throwing three scoring strikes, including two to WR Rajee Brown in a 35–32 victory.

GEORGE WASHINGTON–DANVILLE (10–1) at COURTLAND (9–2), 7

Waiting next week: Liberty–Sherando winner

Series history: First-ever meeting

This week’s matchup: The Cougars go for their 10th straight victory with new QB Trevor Foster replacing injured starter Jabari Allen at the helm. He’ll have a formidable trio of backs lining up behind him, including hard-running FB Anton Jenkins (1,038 yards, 21 TDs). The return of injured LB Matt Knowles has bolstered the defense, which has two shutouts in its last three games. The Eagles have won four in a row and are averaging 40 points per game. Junior QB Hunter Byrnes has passed for 24 touchdowns, including three in last week’s 37–33 win over Charlottesville.

 

3A–EAST

KETTLE RUN (7–4) at JAMES MONROE (7–4), 7

Waiting next week: Warren County–Lafayette winner

Series history: JM won the two previous meetings, 14–7 two years ago and 37–30 in three overtimes last year, both in the Division 3 state semifinals.

This week’s matchup: Both teams are battle-tested heading into this rematch of last year’s state semifinal game. All eight of their combined losses have come at the hands of 5A and 4A playoff teams. Kicking could play a big role in tonight’s outcome. The Cougars’ Evan Szklennik and the Yellow Jackets’ David Dit both drilled three field goals in last year’s exciting win by JM. The multipurpose Szklennik is the Conference 27 defensive player of the year, while Jackets QB Jay Scroggins is the offensive player of the year. Last week, Kettle Run blitzed Skyline, 35–7, and JM out-slugged visiting Armstrong, 31–12.

 

1A–EAST

WASHINGTON & LEE (7–4) at CENTRAL–LUNENBURG (9–2), 7

Waiting next week: Parry McCluer–Essex winner

Series history: The Eagles won two of the last three meetings, including a 35–28 victory in the 1979 Group A state semifinals.

This week’s matchup: With six victories in their last seven games, coach Antron Yates’ Eagles hope to continue their resurgence against the high-scoring Cougars from the James River District. Junior QB Graham Smith and senior RB Dajour Smith are keys to Central–Lunenburg’s potent attack, which is averaging 44 points per contest. Meanwhile, DE Kaleel Pratt and LB Milan Bullock lead a swarming W&L defense that has given up just five points per outing in its last six games. Last week, the Eagles shut down Middlesex, 49–0, while the Cougars were outscoring Lancaster, 49–21.

—Compiled by Steve Franzello

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