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For the second straight week, an All-Northern Virginia matchup gets top billing for the weekend’s-best action on the gridiron. In other games of note, No. 1 Good Counsel will face one of the nation’s top junior signal-callers in Delaware on Saturday. Let’s get rolling with the Week 6 slate of games.
Hylton (4-0) at Gar-Field (4-1)
After dropping its opener to battlefield, Gar-Field has reeled off four consecutive wins by a 102-51 margin. Junior RB Shakeem Copeland has been a force in the running game, amassing 562 yards and eight TDs this fall. He has strung together four straight 100-yard efforts. The task of stopping Copeland will likely fall on Hylton star ‘backer E.J. Levenberry. One of the area’s most sought-after players, Levenberry has posted 40 tackles and returned a pair of picks for scores to anchor the Bulldogs suffocating defense. Seniors Josh Wilcher and Manny Whea have been outstanding up front for Hylton, which recorded five sacks and four picks last week.
My pick: Hylton, 28-14
Sherwood (2-2) at Damascus (4-1)
Damascus has shown an ability to win tight games with three of the team’s wins coming by seven points or less. ESPNHS All-Area junior Zach Bradshaw has been a difference-maker in those close games and has found the end zone five times in the last two weeks. He had a major impact in the rushing game in Week 5, gashing Einstein’s defense for 159 yards as the Hornets’ wildcat QB. Sherwood’s offense came alive last week in a 35-0 romp of Blair. RB Fernando Smith was instrumental in the breakout game, tallying 77 yards and finding pay dirt twice. Sherwood is in pursuit of consecutive wins for the first time this season.
No. 1 Good Counsel (4-0) at Red Lion Christian (Bear, Del.)
The Falcons look to keep their undefeated season intact but may be without the services of one of their offensive studs. ESPNHS All-Area RB Wes Brown will be a game-time decision for the Falcons after suffering a sprained ankle in last week’s win over Gonzaga. Look for Drew Stefanelli and Stefon Diggs to step up if Brown is unable to go.
Colonial Forge (4-1) at North Stafford (4-0)
A win could give North Stafford some separation at the top of the tight Commonwealth District. The Wolverines are unbeaten in conference play and boast a huge win over second place Mountain View. If Colonial Forge is to pull off the upset and move into a tie for first, they will have to slow down an NS offense that has topped the 30-point mark in all four games.
Wilson (3-2) at H.D. Woodson (1-3)
The Warriors are happy they’ve completed their brutal out-of-state schedule so they can finally turn their attention to defending its DCIAA crown. The three-time league champs have scored in double digits once this year as the offense has been limited to 10.5 points per game. Woodson won last year’s meeting, 12-6.
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