November 15, 2010
Four area high school football teams stayed alive last weekend with playoff wins. This weekend finds two trying to keep marching forward, two in search of a state championship and two more beginning their respective postseason roads. Here's week two of our preview capsules.
Region II, Division 4 Semifinals:
(4) Broad Run vs. (1) Louisa, Friday, 7:30 pm, Louisa County High School- The Lions woke up in the second half to cruise past James Wood, 34-7, in last week's quarterfinals. Anthony Hunter and Rayshawn Jackson both had big days at running back and the Lions will hope that ground game continues to work this Friday night. They have no reason to believe it would fail them at this point, as Louisa boasts an 11-0 record so far in 2010. The Lions will face fourth seeded Broad Run, which took care of Sherando, 49-26, in quarterfinal action. Broad Run is 10-1 on the year.
Region II, Division 3 Semifinals:
(4) Monticello vs. (1) Handley, Saturday, 1:00 pm, John Handley High School- The Mustangs showed heart and determination to come from behind and top Goochland in quarterfinal action. In fact, it's the second time this season they've overcome a double-digit Bulldog lead to win. Goochland led 17-7 at the break, before the Mustangs scored 13 third quarter points and blocked a field goal attempt with 40 seconds remaining in the game to clinch the win. Quarterback Jhalil Mosley had 123 passing yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The Mustangs are 7-4, and will face a Handley team that's also 7-4 on the season, after a 30-7 win over Western Albemarle in quarterfinal action. These two teams also met in the regional playoffs two years ago, with Monticello winning the Region II title on Handley's home field.
Region B, Division 1 Semifinal:
(3) Madison vs. (2) Altavista, Friday, 7:00 pm, Altavista High School- The Mountaineers saw their eight game winning streak snapped at Clarke last Friday, a defeat which may have cost them a home playoff game. Madison has looked solid with the help of quarterback Dustin Farmer and his solid arsenal of receivers. Travis Warren leads the receivers with eleven touchdown receptions, while Ralph Yates is a very good running back to help Stuart Dean's balanced attack. Madison's only other setback came against William Monroe in its second game of the regular season, as the Mountaineers stand at 8-2 and as Bull Run District tri-champions. They'll face Altavista which enters at 9-1 on the year.
Region B, Division 2 Semifinal:
(3) Buckingham vs. (2) Clarke, Friday, 7:30 pm, Clarke County High School- Buckingham's only setback came in their ninth game of the regular season, which saw the Knights fall at Amelia, 21-14. They responded with a win over Central in their final home game, but that lost still likely cost them a home playoff game. The Knights bring one of the best running backs in the area in Maurice Taylor, who leads the area with 1800 rushing yards on the season. He also has 20 touchdowns on the season. Tarian Ayers is an athletic and talented quarterback and Antonn Briley provides sure hands at receiver. Clarke handed Madison its only Bull Run District loss last weekend and now hopes to end Buckingham's championship hopes. Both teams enter this match up at 9-1.
VISAA Division I State Championship Game:
(4) Fork Union vs. (3) Collegiate, Saturday, 1:00 pm, Collegiate School- FUMA is coming off a 16-10 victory over Liberty Christian in the semifinals, an upset and a defeat of a team that had beaten the Blue Devils earlier in the year. Now Mickey Sullivan's team turns its attention to Collegiate, a team it beat in regular season play, 46-21, back on October 22. Collegiate topped St. Christopher's in the semifinals, 28-16. Both teams upset the favored teams the last time out.
VISAA Division II State Championship Game:
(2) Potomac vs. (1) STAB, Friday, 6:00 pm, STAB School- The Saints are one win away from completing a remarkable turnaround. After missing the playoffs in 2009, John Blake's team is 48 minutes from a state championship. Standing in its way is Potomac, a team that boasts a perfect 10-0 record and handled Pope John Paul the Great, 38-7, in the semifinals. STAB was also dominant in its semifinal game, cruising past Christchurch, 48-13. Running back Branford Rogers is healthy, Charlie Murray is throwing the ball well, and Nico Freeo and Andrew Crockett are making some pretty impressive plays at receiver. The story of the Saints has been their defense this year, and if that unit can put together one more solid performance, the Saints could be hoisting a championship trophy come Friday night.