The sports staffs of The Northern Virginia Daily, The Winchester Star and The Warren Sentinel collaborated to create a football top 10 for the schools in the area. Each staffer voted, with 10 points being awarded to the top-ranked team, nine to the No. 2 team and so on. First-place votes are in parentheses.
School Name;Record;Last Week
1. James Wood(4);1-0;1
The Colonels had a bye last week after an impressive 34-20 win over No. 5 Sherando in their season opener. James Wood was supposed to play at No. 8 Skyline on Friday, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues at Skyline.
2. Handley(1);2-0;2 tie
The Judges dominated Harrisonburg last week, 38-6. Handley hosts Spotswood, another Valley District team, on Saturday.
The Falcons overcame a slow start and then cruised to a 63-26 win over Madison County last week. Central plays at East Rockingham on Friday in another Bull Run District contest.
4. Clarke County;2-0;5
Clarke County dominated from start to finish in a 69-0 rout of Class 3 Manassas Park last week. The Eagles have a bye this week before a key showdown with No. 3 Central next week.
5. Sherando;0-2;2 tie
The Warriors find themselves in an unusual spot after a 41-14 loss to Jefferson (W.Va.) last week. It won't get any easier for Sherando as they play at West Virginia powerhouse Martinsburg on Friday.
The Rams' defense came up big again last week in a 25-21 victory over Class 3 Broadway. Strasburg plays at No. 9 Warren County on Friday.
The Pioneers had a tough time against Loudoun County in a 48-19 loss last week. Millbrook hosts Class 5 Harrisonburg on Friday.
The Hawks had a bye last week after a season-opening loss to No. 6 Strasburg. Skyline was supposed to host No. 1 James Wood on Friday but had to cancel the game due to COVID-19 issues.
9. Warren County;0-2;9
The Wildcats came up just short against Hedgesville (W.Va.), 14-12, last week. Warren County will look to get back on track Friday when it hosts No. 6 Strasburg.
10. Mountain View;0-1;10
The Generals had a bye week last week after suffering a season-opening loss to Luray. The Generals were scheduled to host Bath County on Friday, but the game was canceled due to Bath County's school division going to all-virtual learning.