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The Northern Virginia Daily Sports staff collaborated to create a football top 10 list. Each staffer voted, with 10 points being awarded to the top ranked team, nine to the No. 2 team and so on. Numbers in parenthesis indicate where each team was last week.
1. Warren County (1) 5-1, 0-1 Evergreen -- The Wlldcats hold on to the top spot in this week's rankings despite taking their first loss, a 24-16 setback to district rival Liberty. That game was a battle of unbeatens, and Warren County faces another test in with a road trip to up-and-down Fauquier.
2. Sherando (2) 4-2, 1-0 Northwestern -- Sherando got all it wanted from district rival James Wood in a 14-7 victory last week, and the longtime rivalry games just keep coming. Next up for the Warriors is a visit from Handley. Sherando's defense could make it a long night for the offensively challenged Judges.
3. Strasburg (3) 6-1, 2-1 Bull Run -- Strasburg bounced back nicely from its first defeat of the season, administering a 56-28 walloping of district rival George Mason last week. The Rams' ground game is humming, led by the area's leading rusher Rakwon White. Against the Mustangs, White erupted for 226 yards and three TDs behind Strasburg's stout offensive line.
4. Clarke County (6) 4-2, 1-1 Bull Run -- Clarke County evened up its district record with a solid road victory at Madison County, but a rematch with Bull Run newcomer Central could be a different story this time around. The Falcons have been flying high of late, and could provide a better test for Clarke County's defense. The Eagles won the first time around, 21-7, on Sept. 17.
5. Skyline (9, tie) 3-3, 2-0 Northwestern -- Skyline rocketed up the rankings after a last-second victory over district rival Millbrook, won on a Dayvon Haight 1-yard touchdown run on the game's last play. The Hawks take a break from district action this week with a road trip to Washington (W.Va.), and are looking to keep their momentum going.
6. Central (9, tie) 3-4, 3-0 Bull Run -- The Bull Run District has been provided few challenges for the soaring Falcons so far, who improved to 3-0 in their first year back since moving over from the Shenandoah District. Central sliced up William Monroe in a 21-16 win last week as quarterback Hayden Bauserman and wide receiver Sean Semones had another big outing together.
7 tie. Millbrook (4) 2-4, 0-1 Northwestern -- The Pioneers lost a heartbreaker to district foe Skyline last week, a 26-20 setback that dropped them to 2-4 this season. A home game against struggling Brentsville could provide just the right tonic for Millbrook as it takes a break from district action.
7 tie. Stonewall Jackson (7) 3-3 2-1 Shenandoah -- The Generals took their first loss in district play last week, a 38-16 defeat at the hands of defending state champion Riverheads. Winless Luray (0-6) should be less challenging, but Stonewall will need continued solid play from a steady defense led by the area's leading tackler, Matt McCampbell.
9 tie. Handley (5) 2-4, 0-1 Northwestern -- Unbeaten Kettle Run ran away from the scuffling Judges for a 34-0 win at the Handley Bowl last week, but there is little time to dwell on that setback with a road trip to Sherando looming Friday. The Judges have struggled mightily to find consistency on offense this season, and will likely need to slow Sherando running back Joe Ojo to stay in the game.
9 tie. James Wood (8) 2-5, 0-2 Northwestern -- The Colonels are due for a breakout performance, having put up a stubborn fight in consecutive losses to quality opponents Warren County and Sherando. But the losing streak stands at five now for James Wood, which gets a week off to regroup and prepare for a rivalry game against Millbrook.