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Thursday, October 1, 2009; 9:54 PM

Springbrook at Damascus, 6:30

Is it too early for it to be a must-win for Damascus (2-2)? Perhaps not, and with No. 9 Sherwood ahead on the schedule and the Maryland 3A West region packed with talented teams (Quince Orchard, Linganore, Clarksburg, Seneca Valley, Tuscarora), the Hornets' state-record 11-year postseason streak could be in jeopardy with a third loss before the season's midpoint. With a 21-0 victory over Blair, Springbrook (3-1) bounced back nicely from a late loss to Wootton two weeks ago. Junior running back Devon Pestano has rushed for at least 100 yards in each game this season and has scored 10 touchdowns.

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No. 2 Good Counsel at Bishop McNamara, Saturday, 2

Don't expect the Falcons (4-0, 1-0 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) to be looking ahead to next week's game against No. 1 DeMatha. Good Counsel's high-profile secondary will be tested as McNamara (4-0, 1-0) features one of the area's top wide receiver tandems in Brandon Coleman and Matthew Goldsmith. Quarterback James Joseph averages 268 yards passing per game.

AROUND THE AREA

Douglass quarterback Richard Barber is tied for third in the Washington area with 10 touchdown passes, but remarkably he has thrown just 47 passes overall, completing 26 with one interception. Barber also has rushed for four touchdowns, including a 98-yarder against Paul VI Catholic that ranks as the area's longest. The Eagles (4-0, 3-0 Prince George's 3A/2A/1A) host Largo (2-2, 2-1) on Saturday. . . . With a victory over Northwest (1-3), Churchill (4-0) would have its longest winning streak since it won nine straight en route to the 2004 Maryland 4A West final, the last time the Bulldogs made the postseason. . . . It's a dangerous week for Clarksburg (4-0). The Coyotes visit Einstein (3-1), with No. 7 Quince Orchard looming next week. Einstein is off to its best start since going 4-1 to open 2000, which was the Titans' last winning season.


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