The Oakton High football team will face off against the Central Region's L.C. Bird Skyhawks on the Cougars' home field 4 p.m. today, with both the season and a chance at the state title on the line.
To advance to the District 6 Virginia High School League final, the Cougars will have to upset an undefeated team for the second week in a row. Last week, the Cougars stretched their season into the state tournament with a 23-16 win over Westfield to earn the Northern Region Title for the fourth time.
Ending the regular season with a four-game losing streak, the Cougars' playoffs run has surpassed expectations from football critics across Northern Virginia. The Cougars will look to shake their underdog status once and for all with a win over the Skyhawks (12-0).
The winner will advance to the state final game scheduled for Dec. 8 at the University of Virginia.