18 of the best high school football matchups this season

August 27, 2013
SEPT. 6

Lake Braddock at Stone Bridge, 7:30: For the first time ever, these two teams will meet in what should be a tight contest. QB Caleb Henderson will be the focal point in his second season under center for the Bruins.

Stonewall Jackson at Hylton, 7:30: Two of the area’s best quarterbacks go toe-to-toe in this key Cardinal District clash. Both senior signal callers — Hylton’s Travon McMillian and Stonewall’s Greg Stroman — have committed to play at Virginia Tech.

SEPT. 7

Suitland vs. Potomac at PG Sports & Learning, 1: The Rams will be in position to make another run this fall, especially with multi-dimensional quarterback Wesley Wolfolk back (1,776 yards passing, seven touchdowns as a junior). Potomac will be among their stiffest opponents.

Douglass vs. Wise at PG Sports & Learning, 7: New scheduling regulations allow reigning Maryland 4A state champion Wise and 2A state finalist Douglass to face off for the first time in a showdown of Upper Marlboro powerhouses some are calling a de facto county championship.

SEPT. 12

Arundel at Old Mill, 6:30: While Meade has emerged as the county favorite this fall, the Wildcats and Patriots still own the most heated rivalry in Anne Arundel County.

Host B.J. Koubaroulis and Brandon Parker preview the high school football season in the state of Virginia. (Nick Plum/Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC for The Washington Post)
SEPT. 20

Quince Orchard at Damascus, 6:30: Quince Orchard is reloaded for another state championship run, adding several transfers and developing its perimeter talent. But those players will have their hands full with Damascus standout WR/DB Jalen Christian.

River Hill at Atholton, 7: Atholton last beat the Hawks in September 2011, but gave River Hill their closest game last season besides the state championship. Raiders RB Isaac Murray is joined by three strong transfers at wide receiver which should give the Raiders more offensive options.

SEPT. 21

Douglass at Gwynn Park, 2: The Yellow Jackets beat the Eagles, 39-16, last season, the lone blemish on Douglass’s otherwise perfect regular season schedule.

SEPT. 27

Good Counsel at DeMatha, 7: Before Good Counsel began its four-year reign as WCAC champs, DeMatha had reeled off six straight titles. The Stags enter as the preseason heavyweight with nine returning starters on defense and five Football Bowl Subdivision commits.

OCT. 4

Stone Bridge at Westfield, 7:30: Both teams share a nickname (Bulldogs) and plenty of recent success, but they’ve only played twice. Stone Bridge squeaked out wins in 2009 and 2010 and will look to do so again behind RB Sterling Dailey and WR D’Ante Yarborough.

OCT. 17

Wilson at H.D. Woodson, 7: This could be a Turkey Bowl preview, featuring two of the best defenses in the District. The Warriors will be led by Tennessee recruit D’Andre Payne at defensive back, while Wilson has junior DE Kareem McDonald (12 sacks in 2012).

OCT. 18

Broad Run at Briar Woods, 7: The three-time state champion Falcons face a tougher slate in their first year in Virginia’s 5A class. The Spartans gave Briar Woods trouble last fall, and both Briar Woods QB Trace McSorley and Broad Run’s Brady Reitzel possess dual-threat ability.

Host B.J. Koubaroulis and Roman Stubbs preview the high school football season in the state of Maryland. (Nick Plum/Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC for The Washington Post)
OCT. 19

Landon at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 2: IAC coaches say they believe the Saints are loaded with talent and ready to make a run to the top of the IAC. A matchup against the defending champs will show how far they’ve come.

OCT. 25

Huntingtown at North Point, 6:30: Both teams graduated their share of seniors, which will pit an inexperienced Huntingtown offense against a young North Point defense. The Eagles could have the advantage with TE Marquis Watts and RB Marquel Dickerson.

Damascus at Seneca Valley, 6:30: The Screaming Eagles lost talented running back Kevin Joppy, who transferred to Quince Orchard, but have two productive linebackers in Austen Herbert and Daniel Appouh. This matchup could have major playoff implications.

NOV. 2

Gonzaga vs. St. John’s, 3: If history is any indicator, this deeply rooted rivalry is in store for another close contest. Five of the last six games in the series have been decided by seven points or fewer with Gonzaga winning the last two matchups.

Friendship Collegiate at Paramus Catholic (N.J.), 1:00: The Knights have the talent to win games on their demanding national level schedule, but this will be the ultimate test against one of the top-rated teams in the country. Paramus is led by Michigan-bound RB Jabrill Peppers.

NOV. 8

Meade at Arundel, 6:30: Perhaps the most exciting matchup in Anne Arundel will have to wait until the last week of the regular season, when the Wildcats will look to avenge their 36-28 loss in last year’s playoffs.

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