Virginia high school football playoff projections – Washington Post

Week 10 of the high school football season is nearly complete. After a late Friday night full of football, caffeine and far too much math, we’ve compiled our playoff projections for the Virginia regions that include local teams.

These projections are not official, but they’re pretty darn close. Official playoff brackets will be released by the Virginia High School League on Sunday.

To view our Maryland region playoff projections, click here.


1. Lake Braddock (9-1)

2. Madison (9-1)

3. Westfield (8-2)

4. South Lakes (9-1)

5. Centreville (8-2)

6. South County (8-2)

7. West Potomac (8-2)

8. Hayfield (8-2)

9. Patriot (7-3) 

10. T.C. Williams (5-5)

11. Battlefield (7-3)

12. Mount Vernon (5-5)

13. Oakton (4-6)

14. W.T. Woodson (5-5)

15. Washington-Lee (5-5)

16. Robinson (4-6)

First-round matchups:

No. 16 Robinson at No. 1 Lake Braddock

No. 15 Washington-Lee at No. 2 Madison

No. 14 W.T. Woodson at No. 3 Westfield

No. 13 Oakton at No. 4 South Lakes

No. 12 Mount Vernon at No. 5 Centreville

No. 11 Battlefield at No. 6 South County

No. 10 T.C. Williams at No. 7 West Potomac

No. 9 Patriot at No. 8 Hayfield


Lake Braddock held off Conference 7 rival South County, 52-44, to nab the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the region tournament. A year ago, the Stallions won the same matchup to claim the top spot and they advanced to the region final.

• Madison earned the No. 2 seed by holding off Conference 6 rival Hayfield, 38-34, on Friday.

• Washington-Lee scored a touchdown in the final minute or regulation to knock off rival Yorktown, 14-10, and clinch a playoff spot. The Generals will travel to Madison two weeks removed from a 34-17 loss to the Warhawks on the same field. Yorktown, which was also vying for a place in the field, did not make the cut as a result of the loss.

• Several teams that did not reach the postseason a year ago punched their tickets this fall, including T.C. Williams and Mount Vernon, which rounded out an impressive contingent from Conference 7. Six of the conference’s eight teams made the 6A North region playoffs, and the 7-10 matchup between Alexandria West Potomac and T.C. Williams will be an all Conference 7 affair.

• Annandale (vs. West Springfield) and Chantilly (vs. Westfield) both lost Friday, dashing their hopes of extending their seasons.


Note: The region is split into two eight-team brackets based on geography. Only the north half includes teams from within The Post’s coverage area.

The North

1. Manchester (9-1) 

2. Thomas Dale (8-2) 

3. Colonial Forge (8-2) 

4. Riverbend (7-3)

5. Freedom-Woodbridge (8-2)

6. James River (6-4)

7. Hylton (6-4)

8. Cosby (5-5)

North first-round matchups

No. 8 Cosby at No. 1 Manchester 

No. 7 Hylton at No. 2 Thomas Dale

No. 6 James River at No. 3 Colonial Forge 

No. 5 Freedom-Woodbridge at No. 4 Riverbend 


• Freedom-Woodbridge enters the postseason riding a wave of momentum after storming past Colonial Forge, 27-17, on Friday to cap a turnaround regular season for an Eagles team coming off consecutive three-win campaigns.

• Hylton struggled with close games all year, but the Bulldogs finished off Forest Park, 34-17, on Friday to claim their spot in the field.


1. Massaponax (9-1)

2. Brooke Point (9-1)

3. Stone Bridge (8-2) 

4. Broad Run (8-2) 

5. Potomac Falls (8-2) 

6. Albemarle (8-2) 

7. North Stafford (6-4) 

8. Briar Woods (4-6) 

9. Patrick Henry-Roanoke (8-2)

10. Patrick Henry-Ashland (7-3)

11. Tuscarora (5-5) 

12. Falls Church (7-3)

13. Atlee (5-5) 

14. Potomac (4-6)

15. Lee (5-5) 

16. Marshall (5-5)

First-round matchups:

No. 16 Marshall at No. 1 Massaponax

No. 15 Lee at No. 2 Brooke Point

No. 14 Potomac at No. 3 Stone Bridge

No. 13 Atlee at No. 4 Broad Run

No. 12 Falls Church at No. 5 Potomac Falls

No. 11 Tuscarora at No. 6 Albemarle

No. 10 Patrick Henry-Ashland at No. 7 North Stafford

No. 9 Patrick Henry-Roanoke at No. 8 Briar Woods


• Massaponax clinched the top seed with a 42-18 blowout victory over Brooke Point on Friday. Both teams will have home-field advantage until a potential state semifinal matchup on Dec. 2 or 3.

• All five teams in Conference 14 made the field, continuing the bolster the league’s reputation as one of the strongest in the state. Stone Bridge, Broad Run, Potomac Falls and Briar Woods — whose win over 6A North power Westfield made up for its 4-6 record — will each host a first-round game. Two-time region finalist Tuscarora, will travel to Albemarle.

By beating Stuart, 44-19 on Friday, Falls Church jumped up two spots in the seedings to earn a first-round matchup a bit closer to home at Potomac Falls in Sterling. 

• Marshall needed quite a bit of help to make the playoffs: a win against Jefferson and then four losses around the region. All five results fell in the Statesmen’s favor, so they march on to the region playoffs for a matchup against top-seeded Massaponax.


1. Woodgrove (10-0)

2.  Salem (9-1) 

3. Dominon (8-2) 

4. William Byrd (9-1) 

5. Millbrook (8-2) 

6. Amherst County (8-2) 

7. Heritage (7-3) 

8. Champe (7-3) 

9. Loudoun Valley (7-3) 

10. Charlottesville (6-4) 

11. GW-Danville (7-3) 

12. EC Glass (6-4) 

First-round matchups: 

Bye: No. 1 Woodgrove, No. 2 Salem, No.3 Dominion, No. 4 William Byrd

No. 12 EC Glass at No. 5 Millbrook

No. 11 GW Danville at No. 6 Amherst County

No. 10 Charlottesville at No. 7 Heritage

No. 9 Loudoun Valley at No. 8 Champe


• Woodgrove clinched the top seed and its first undefeated regular season with a 48-27 win over Purcellville rival Loudoun Valley on Friday night.

• By dispatching Park View, 57-20 on Friday, Dominion earned its highest playoff seed to date and a first-round bye to get healthy and scout their potential second-round opponents.

• Champe will host Loudoun Valley in a rematch of a Week 4 matchup won by the Knights, 17-14.

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