Bethesda-Chevy Chase (6-3) currently sits fourth in the Maryland 4A West standings and has several paths into the four-team playoff field. With a win this week and a Richard Montgomery (6-3) loss to Northwest (6-3), the Barons will continue their season. If both B-CC and Richard Montgomery win or lose, the team’s postseason fate will come down to bonus points.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which lost its opening-round playoff game at Quince Orchard in 2011, has kept its hopes alive this season by winning five of its past six games. The Barons have averaged nearly 24 points per game in that span after scoring just 13 total points in their first three games.
At this point last year, four teams were in contention for the region’s final two playoff spots, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Coach Rich Noland did not even bother figuring out the scenarios that would land his team in the postseason. Instead, the Barons closed the regular season by beating Walter Johnson for their sixth win and celebrated minutes after the game when Noland learned from reporters they’d received enough help elsewhere to earn their first playoff appearance in 16 years.
“That was a really nice surprise to have happen” last year, Noland said. “Now it’s at least a little bit clearer for us. It’s nice for the guys to go in knowing more specifically what’s at stake.” ...
Churchill junior Malik Harris eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark just once in his team’s first seven games, but he’s surging to the finish for the playoff-bound Bulldogs (7-2) with back-to-back strong efforts.
In wins over Springbrook and Wootton, Harris combined for 269 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. The 6-foot, 208-pound back leads the team — which currently holds the No. 2 spot in the Maryland 4A West standings — with 790 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the season.
Harris will try for his third straight 100-plus yard effort on Friday when Churchill travels to Sandy Spring for a nonleague matchup with No. 19 Sherwood (7-2), which can clinch a home game to begin the Maryland 4A North playoffs with a victory. . . .
After Northwest and Sherwood pounded Blake by a combined score of 67-7 in the first two games of the season, the Bengals have won six of seven games, including two straight shutout wins over Blair (2-7) and Springbrook (3-6) to secure the first playoff berth in the program’s history. The revival has centered around the improved play of quarterback Stefan Sigwalt, who has thrown for 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns through nine games.
More impressively, he has eliminated poor decision-making from his game; Sigwalt threw five interceptions in his first three games this season, and has thrown just two since, the last one coming all the way back on September 21. He completed 27-of-32 for 265 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 29-0 win over Springbrook. Blake will meet Einstein (5-4) on Friday.