Westfield is looking to go 10-0 and deliver its fans a third state title in nine years.
Written by Kevin Jones, Dc.highschoolsports.net
WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA) -- The crisp air outside means two important occasions are on the horizon: the holiday season and high school football playoffs.
Friday's match-ups represent the last chance for middle-of-the-pack teams to earn a berth, while other contenders are making their final tune-ups before next week's playoffs.
The Northern Region of Virginia -- in particular the Concorde District, often referred to as the SEC of Virginia by long time residents -- has churned out several powerhouse teams poised at making a run to the state championship.
Here is a look at four meaningful games that could impact playoff seedings.
(5-4) Lake Braddock @ West Springfield (4-5)
Lake Braddock has clinched its spot in the Division 6 tournament, but their bitter rival West Springfield still has its hands full. The Spartans need a win and a Robinson loss at Chantilly.
Player to watch: West Springfield running back Jonathan Dunn. The junior has topped 150 yards in six games this year and boasts 12 touchdowns.
(3-6) Robinson @ Chantilly (6-3)
Although Chantilly has earned a spot in the tournament, the Chargers still need a win in order to secure a home game next Friday. All Robinson has to do to guarantee a spot in the playoffs is win this Friday, but that can be a tough task to accomplish in front of a pesky Chantilly crowd.
Player to watch: Chantilly quarterback Sonny Romine. Romine threw the ball a season-high 25 times last week against Herndon and has 10 total TDs in 2011. The junior also plays defensive back.
(2-7) Herndon @ Westfield (9-0)
The last two 10-0 Westfield Bulldog football teams went on to win state championships in 2003 and 2007. Mathematically Herndon is also still alive, but will need nothing short of a miracle to earn a berth. Besides topping Westfield, the Hornets need losses from Robinson and West Springfield, both of which are underdogs this week.
Player to watch: Westfield running back Kendall Anderson. The senior has been Mr. Everything for the largest school in the state of Virginia. Anderson needs 268 rushing yards for 1,500 total this season, a number that isn't out of the question.
(8-1) Centreville @ Oakton (8-1)
This is sort of a "measuring stick" game. Both the Centreville Wildcats and Oakton Cougars lone losses came at the hands of Westfield. Win or loss, it's more than likely these two teams will meet in the second round of the playoffs.
Player to watch: Centreville linebacker Ken Ekanem. Ekanem, a highly touted four-star recruit, has been courted by the likes of Oregon, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State.
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