Daily Prep Power Rankings: Oct. 19
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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. Clarke County (2) 7-0, 1-0 Bull Run — It looks like district play did little to intimidate the Eagles last week. After a bye week to prepare, Clarke County dismantled George Mason to pick up right where it left off. Grant Shaw continued his dominant season on the ground.
2. Sherando (1) 6-1, 0-1 Northwestern — In what proved to be the most thrilling game last week, the Warriors finally tasted defeat at the hands of their district rival, Handley. After scoring early, Sherando fell behind but two fourth-quarter onsides kicks, both resulting in touchdowns, forced overtime. The Judges won by a field goal, and the Warriors now head to undefeated Liberty on Friday.
3. Handley (3) 4-3, 1-0 Northwestern — What a month it’s been for the Judges. After stumbling early in the season, Handley is playing its best football right now, including Saturday’s upset over Sherando. Running back Trae Peck had issues holding on to the ball, but his skills on both offense and defense are impressive. Peck rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.
4. Millbrook (6) 4-3, 1-0 Northwestern — Running back Jordan Hartman had a career night Friday, tallying 210 yards on just 11 carries as the Pioneers steamrolled Woodgrove, 48-6. Quarterback Curtis Daily had two TD passes, too.
5. James Wood (5) 3-3, 1-1 Northwestern — After falling in their district opener, the Colonels righted the ship with a 21-10 win over Skyline. In the victory, James Wood rushed for 201 yards, a stat they’ll look to keep steady as they prepare for Millbrook.
6. Warren County (4) 4-3, 0-2 Evergreen — The Wildcats are in the midst of a mid-season slump after dropping their third straight game, this time to Fauquier. Granted, Warren County’s three losses are against some of the top teams in the state, but the luster from a month ago seems to be fading.
7. Central (7) 3-3, 1-0 Shenandoah — Following a bye week, the Falcons climbed back to the .500 mark with a district win over Stonewall Jackson. Quarterback Matt Sherfey tossed two touchdown passes to Seth Wymer, while the defense forced four turnovers in the win.
8. Skyline (7) 2-5, 0-2 Northwestern — Just like their Front Royal counterparts, the Hawks are reeling right now, sitting at 0-2 in the district after a loss to James Wood. Despite the poor record, Skyline’s offense continues to be the most balanced in the area, with more than 1,000 yards both rushing and passing.
9. Strasburg (9) 3-4, 0-1 Bull Run — The magic of the Rams’ three-game win streak finally ended Friday, as Manassas Park came into Strasburg and dominated a young Rams team. In the loss, the Rams allowed 289 yards on the ground. On the plus side, Strasburg held Manassas Park to no points in the fourth quarter, and found some semblance of a rushing game, too. The Rams’ schedule gets harder before it gets easier: Strasburg travels to undefeated Clarke County this Friday.
10. Stonewall Jackson (10) 0-6, 0-1 Shenandoah — Turnovers were the story Friday night as the Generals still can’t seem to find consistency on the field. Things got a little heated against district rival Central, but the Generals need to focus more on finding the end zone rather than getting last licks against their opponents.