<b>The Skinny</b>: Washington-Lee will be looking for revenge after dropping a thrilling, but rain-soaked 12-10 game to Mount Vernon on Sept. 26. Generals senior quarterback Charlie Fuller finished with 162 rushing yards, but Mount Vernon quarterback Brian Green was too much to handle, running for two touchdowns. The win over W-L was the first of six straight for Mount Vernon, who hasn’t lost since Sept. 19 against Edison. This will be W-L’s first playoff appearance since 1975.
<b>How Mount Vernon Can Win</b>: With an offensive strategy that amounts to run, run, and then run some more, a key to a Mount Vernon victory will be the Majors jumping out to an early lead. If not, it could force the Majors to throw the ball, something they aren’t particularly good at. On defense, the Majors were caught off guard by Fuller’s speed when the two teams met in week five, since it was only the second game the shifty running back turned signal caller had started under center. The bet here is coach Tom Glynn and his staff have a defensive game plan solely focused on stopping Fuller, forcing other Generals to make plays.
<b>X Factor</b>: Both of these teams play grind-it-out, hard-nosed football, meaning there should be plenty of hitting, especially with two running quarterbacks, in this one. While Green is more of a juke-and-jive runner, Fuller welcomes and sometimes goes after contact. With both teams relying so much on their starting quarterbacks in the ground game, an injury to either could equal disaster for the offense.