Lake Braddock QB Billy Edwards (Photo: Sheridan King/recruitNoVA)
The top teams hold strong in our NoVA Top Ten
by Jim McGrath, recruit757
The docket of NoVA high school football games was somewhat shorter in Week 6, as a number of teams opted to take their bye week in the middle of the season. Yet, all of the top-10 teams played and won, leaving the rankings unchanged. The only exceptions came “in the mix” below as Falls Church lost its first contest of the season, and Champe dropped its second game of 2019 to fall (for now) off the chart – replaced by Stonewall Jackson, who re-enters by defeating Champe 28-7, and Yorktown, with veteran QB Grant Wilson at the helm, who blanked Edison.
In almost any other week, Stone Bridge, with a 55-7 win over Rock Ridge, could have made a compelling argument for occupation of the top spot. But Westfield will hold on this week, after smashing last year’s regional finalist Woodson by 50 points. Freedom, with its defense pitching another shutout, and Quest Powell tossing four more touchdowns, stays at #3.
There was also a rumble at the bottom of the private school Fab Four as Ireton, with a 45-7 win over John Paul the Great, replaces Paul VI at #4. The Cards and Panthers will square off on Friday night in Fairfax to determine the future of Number Four. However, the top three spots solidified as top-ranked Episcopal beat #2 SS/SA 24-14, while Flint Hill obliterated Sidwell Friends (DC) 62-0 to grab a stronghold on the #3 spot.
#1 Westfield (5-0) 53, W.T. Woodson 3
E.T. Bushra returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns and Noah Kim threw for three others, as the Bulldogs stymied the Cavaliers.
Two of Kim’s scoring throws went to Avery Howard (3-122), who now has six TD catches for the season. Mikal Legall added two short rushing scores.
#2 Stone Bridge (5-0) 55, Rock Ridge 7
The Bulldogs maintained their top seed in region 5C with a blowout win over the Phoenix.
#3 Freedom (5-0) 49, Forest Park 0
Along with Powell’s four scores, Julian Edwards rushed for 115 yards and a TD, while Umari Hatcher (5-117) snagged two of Powell’s scoring balls.
The Eagles’ high-flying offense has now scored 223 points (44.6 avg.) through five games.
#4 Broad Run (5-0) 35, Loudoun Co. 7
The Spartans relied on their strong ground game to hand Loudoun County its second loss of the season.
Bennett Millar led the Broad Run attack with 201 yards and three touchdowns. Jayden Thornhill and quarterback Mitch Griffis (15-20, 144 yards) added short scoring runs and Broad Run maintained its top seed in Region 4C.
#5 South County (5-0) 54, Annandale 7
The Stallions scored 26 first-quarter points and were never challenged as they stayed unbeaten with a convincing win over the Atoms.
#6 Eastern View (6-0) 35, James Monroe 7
Chance Graves caught a 74-yard touchdown pass, and set up another score with a 68-yard run, as the Cyclones won easily on the road.
Graves totaled 152 yards on just four touches to spark Eastern View. QB Til Butler completed six of 10 passes for 168 yards and three scores, with Eli Harris and Alex Spangler hauling in the other TD’s. Linebacker Drew Shurina returned a pick-six for 47 yards to complete the Cyclones’ scoring.
#7 Tuscarora (5-1) 31, Stafford 13
For the second straight week, Bryce Duke and Ethan Gick combined to rush for over 250 yards, and the Huskies upended Stafford by 18.
Duke (141) and quarterback Gick (109) each ran for a score, while Gick tossed two – to Jevonn Gilyard and Ryan Upp.
#8 Lake Braddock (4-1) 40, Oakton 12
Lake Braddock, whose only loss has been a six-pointer to Westfield, put on another offensive show in beating the Cougars.
At the midpoint of the season, quarterback Billy Edwards has thrown for over 1,100 yards and 13 TD’s, while Joe Murray has 637 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns 910 rushing, one receiving). Junior receiver Max James (18-436-5), Will Sydes (17-165-2) and Michigan commit Matt Hibner (13-301-5) have paced the catching game, and defensively, linebackers Michael Weidinger, Stuart Reid, and junior strong safety Remi Johnson have 50 or more tackles.
#9 Mountain View (6-0) 34, North Stafford 26
In the game of the week, the Wildcats mixed the run and pass to hold off Jamir Boyd and the Wolverines.
Edward Ware threw a pair of touchdowns, to Ike Daniels and Darius Crouch, as the View raced to a 21-0 first quarter lead. But Boyd, and the Wolverines charged back, with Dino Jones grabbing a 54-yard score and Boyd running for another TD from eight yards, and North Stafford closed to 21-12 at the half.
A 50-yard scoring run by Ware and 13-yard TD from Mark Shelton gave MV enough of a lead margin to hold off Boyd (16-30, 258 yards, 3 TD), who threw a seven-yard score to Tevin White, closing the gap to eight with 2:23 remaining. The ensuing on-side attempt; however, was unsuccessful for North Stafford.
#10 Chantilly (5-0) 42, Washington-Liberty 13
The Generals hung tough, trailing only 14-6 at halftime, but the Chargers remained unbeaten, routing W-L in a non-district home game.
In The Mix: Colonial Forge (4-1), Mt. Vernon (4-1), Massaponax (5-1), Patriot (4-1), Stonewall Jackson (4-1), Yorktown (4-1)
Fab Four Private Schools
# 1 – Episcopal (3-1) – defeated St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes 24-14
# 2 – St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (3-3) –lost to Episcopal 24-14
# 3 – Flint Hill (2-2) – defeated Sidwell Friends 62-0
# 4 – Bishop Ireton (3-2) – defeated John Paul the Great 45-7
Week 6 Scores
Bishop Ireton 45, John Paul the Great 7
Bishop McNamara 38, Paul VI 6
Briar Woods 24, Riverside 23
Broad Run 35, Loudoun Co. 7
Centreville 21, Battlefield 12
Chantilly 42, Washington-Liberty 13
Dominion 27, Jefferson (WV) 20
Episcopal 24, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes 14
Flint Hill 62, Sidwell Friends 0
Freedom-Woodbridge 49, Forest Park 0
Gar-Field 49, Osbourn 12
Hylton 30, Colgan 8
James Wood 42, Independence 32
Lake Braddock 40, Oakton 12
Loudoun Valley 30, Heritage 14
Madison 29, Falls Church 0
Marshall 34, Herndon 0
Mt. Vernon 45, McLean 12
Potomac Falls 24, Freedom-South Riding 7
Potomac School 48, St. James 27
South County 54, Annandale 7
South Lakes 40, Wakefield 6
St. Albans 21, O’Connell 16
Stone Bridge 55, Rock Ridge 7
Stonewall Jackson 21, Champe 7
T.C. Williams 35, Fairfax 14
Tuscarora 31, Stafford 13
West Potomac 62, Lee 0
West Springfield 56, Justice 14
Westfield 53, W.T. Woodson 3
Woodbridge 23, Potomac 13
Yorktown 41, Edison 0