In addition to securing playoff berths, some teams have their sights set on earning home-field advantage until the state finals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Broadneck and Suitland in 4A, Lackey and Urbana in 3A and Potomac (Md.) in 2A all have the potential to be the top overall seed in their classifications.
"If you have that home-field advantage and think your kids play harder and get your crowd there, I think the home field is important in the playoffs," said Suitland Coach Nick Lynch, whose team almost certainly will be the top seed in the 4A South Region.
Lynch played down the possibility of the top seed getting an easier draw when the regional champions are reseeded for the state semifinals.
The only game this week that figures to be a true "play-in" game, with the winner advancing and the loser done for the season, is Middletown at Walkersville in the 2A West, with the winner likely to get the fourth seed in the 2A West. The Mount Hebron-Long Reach winner is in the 3A East playoffs, with the loser also possibly advancing.
Other teams that are in with a win this week: Quince Orchard (4A West), Largo (4A South), South River (4A East), McDonough and Severna Park (3A South) and Southern (2A South).
The easiest region to project is the 3A West, where Urbana, Northwest, Frederick and Seneca Valley have wrapped up the region's four playoff berths and all that remains is figuring out their seeding.
-- Josh Barr