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The Washington Post by Matt Stanmyre

Varsity vs Gar-Field HS on 9/5/2008
Posted Thursday, September 04, 2008 by Matt Stanmyre of the Washington Post
Sideline Report Game of the Week: North Stafford at Gar-Field, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 4, 2008; PW09


· Records: North Stafford Wolverines 0-0, Gar-Field Indians 1-0


· The Last Time: Gar-Field won, 21-6, Sept. 7


· When North Stafford Has the Ball: With a new offensive scheme and 10 sophomores slated to make the starting lineup, the Wolverines are expected to be a work in progress. If North Stafford can limit its mistakes on offense, the score could stay close.


· When Gar-Field Has the Ball: The Indians will stick to what they do best, and that's running the ball. During last week's 20-14 victory over Colonial Forge, Gar-Field amassed 281 yards rushing and passed for 13. Expect junior running back Bryce Miller to be the focal point; he had 26 carries for 209 yards and two touchdowns last week.


· What They're Saying:"It's definitely going to be weird," North Stafford Coach Joe Mangano said. "For the past four years [Gar-Field] has been my home. It's going to be extremely strange on the other side of the field, watching and coaching."

The Bottom Line

The buzz entering this matchup centers more on who is on the sidelines -- and on which sideline. Mangano leads the Wolverines into Dale City nine months after resigning as head coach at Gar-Field after four years.

On the opposite sideline, Gar-Field Coach Tom Gryder makes his home debut.

In 2004, Mangano inherited an Indians team ripe with behavioral and scholastic problems. Demanding that his players pay equal attention on and off the field, Mangano at times suspended some for classroom issues. Last season, he kicked Gar-Field's best offensive player off the team for disciplinary problems in school.

The Mangano way worked: The team's overall grade-point average rose from a 1.7 to a 2.5, and he led Gar-Field to playoff appearances in 2006 and 2007. Mangano's demanding style drew mixed reviews from those close to the program, but there is no question he helped remold Gar-Field's image in all facets.

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