We take a look at four of the weekend's top contests in this week's edition of Games of the Week.
Battlefield (6-2) at No. 9 Broad Run (6-1)
Battlefield rebounded from its loss to Osbourn by routing Freedom-South Riding, 35-0, last week. They will look to maintain momentum as they travel to Broad Run this week. The two-headed attack of Michael Tolliver and Andrew Smith has fueled Battlefield’s rushing attack, while Ryan Swingle has made opposing DBs pay with nine TDs through the air. Broad Run has been in the top 10 discussion all season long and has won back-to-back games after losing to Stone Bridge. Senior QB Connor Jessop has three multiple TD games and passed for 246 yards and a pair of scores last week.
Pick: Brad Run — The Spartans’ vaunted passing attack could be the difference in this one.
No. 2 Centreville (7-0) at Chantilly (5-2)
These two Concorde District rivals will settle things on the field this weekend after splitting a pair of games last season. Centreville outlasted Chantilly in a double OT thriller last fall then fell to their rivals later in the playoffs. This year, Centreville has ridden its defense and high-octane offense to a No. 2 showing in the POWERADE Greater D.C., while Chantilly is reeling after consecutive losses to Westfield and Oakton.
Pick: Centreville — This defense is equipped to slow down Chantilly’s run-heavy attack.
North Point (6-1) at No. 7 Friendship Collegiate (6-1)
The Knights take a break from their out-of-state schedule to host a tough North Point team that has held opponents to 52 points this fall. Collegiate RB Albert Reid (WV recruit) is one of the area’s toughest backs to bring down and has already topped the 1,200 yard mark this season.
Pick: Collegiate — With Reid and Eddie Goldman, the Knights have too many weapons for North Point.
Seneca Valley (6-1) at Gaithersburg (4-3) — Saturday
Three straight losses has cast some concerns around Gaithersburg, while Seneca Valley is hot, outscoring its last two opponents, 80-0.
Pick: Seneca Valley — They have been a consistent team this season and their offense is among the area’s most prolific attacks.