2011 high school football: Games to watch


Battlefield QB Ryan Swingle, who threw three TD passes in the AAA state final last season, will get a regular-season test Oct. 6 from Osbourn, which moves up to AAA Div. 6. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)
August 29, 2011
All times p.m.
Thursday

Stone Bridge at Robinson,
7:30:
The area’s top Va. AAA Division 5 team meets a Division 6 powerhouse playing its first game without longtime coach Mark Bendorf.

Hylton at Battlefield, 7: The Bulldogs’ only loss in 2010 was to eventual state champion Battlefield in the Division 6 playoffs.

Friday

Broad Run at Briar Woods, 7: Rematch of AA Region II Div. 4 title game pits 2010 state champion Falcons at home against 2008 and ’09 champion Spartans in crosstown rivalry.

Manatee (Fla.) at Good Counsel, 7: The Falcons open the season by hosting a team that advanced to the Florida 5A semifinals last season.

Centreville at Lake Braddock,
7:30:
Two-time defending Northern Region Div. 6 champion Bruins host the team favored to win that title this year.

Sept. 3

Potomac at Gwynn Park, 1:30: The league’s two prime college prospects meet when Ron Darby and the Panthers face Brandon Banks and the Yellow Jackets.

DeMatha vs. Loyola Blakefield at Morgan State, 1:45: On the final day of the three-day I-95 Kickoff Classic, Elijah Brooks makes his debut as DeMatha’s coach against a team that pushed the Stags into the fourth quarter before DeMatha prevailed 45-31 last season.

Sept. 9

Churchill at Whitman, 6:30: No Montgomery 4A South team has as much returning talent as Churchill, and the Bulldogs get an early chance to make statement.

Sept. 16

Lake Braddock at Westfield,
7:30:
The visiting Bruins have fielded one of the area’s most potent offenses the past three seasons; the Bulldogs have nine starters back on defense.

Sept. 17

Gwynn Park at Douglass, 2: Either of these schools has finished with the best record in Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A each of the past four seasons.

Quince Orchard vs. Paint Branch at Blair, 2: It is considered to be a down year in the Montgomery 4A, but this nonleague game could include the county’s top two squads. Quince Orchard RB Mark Green and Paint Branch RB Bene’t Willis are explosive.

Wise at Eleanor Roosevelt, 2: Two of Prince George’s County 4A’s best. The Pumas defeated Eleanor Roosevelt, 30-13, to win last year’s 4A South title.

Sept. 23

Broad Run at Stone Bridge,
7:30:
Schools have combined for three state titles since 2007 and are separated by just a few miles. Broad Run Coach Matt Griffis was a longtime offensive coordinator at Stone Bridge under Coach Mickey Thompson.

Oct. 6

Battlefield at Osbourn, 7: The Eagles’ move to AAA Division 6 this season has them competing for the same district and state hardware as defending state champion Battlefield.

Oct. 8

Good Counsel vs. DeMatha at Northwestern, 2: The annual rivalry between the region’s top two private schools resumes. In each of the past four years, the team that lost the regular season meeting has gotten revenge in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs.

Oct. 14

McDonough at North Point, 7: North Point beat McDonough last season, but the Rams won the rest of their games as they rolled to the Md. 2A state title.

Lake Braddock at Robinson,
7:30:
The two rivals from Burke meet again in a clash that always draws a large crowd.

Oct. 21

Centreville at Chantilly, 7:30: The two rivals meet in a game that went to double overtime in the regular season last year. The Chargers exacted revenge for that loss with a playoff win.

Hylton at Woodbridge, 7:30: The two clear-cut Cardinal District front-runners have plenty of star power with Hylton LB E.J. Levenberry and Woodbridge LB Darius Parson, among others. Hylton won 17-14 last year to break a five-game losing streak in the series.

Oct. 28

Damascus at Seneca Valley, 6:30: With Quince Orchard bumped up to 4A, it’s a two-team race for Montgomery 3A crown that could be decided here.

Friendship Collegiate at H.D. Woodson, 7: The visiting Knights can’t play in the Turkey Bowl, so this could be their top area test.The Knights won the matchup of the District’s top programs 26-6 last fall.

Nov. 4

North Point at Westlake, 7: These Charles County rivals already don’t like each other and this regular season finale could decide the SMAC championship.

Loudoun County at Briar Woods, 7: Briar Woods hung on for a wild 30-28 win en route to the Dulles District title last fall. Rematch should see plenty of big plays from talented young QBs.

Nov. 5

Potomac School at Flint Hill, 3: While Maret and its star player Sean Davis have designs on crashing the party, this game could decide the Mid-Atlantic Conference title. Flint Hill had won four consecutive league titles before Potomac School prevailed in last year’s regular season finale to win the league.

Nov. 12

Landon at St. Albans, 2: Season-ending game decided last season’s IAC title and could do the same this season.

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