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Friday, November 20, 2009

Who: No. 1 DeMatha (11-0) vs. No. 6 Good Counsel (10-1)

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When, where: Saturday, 2 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Playoff history: DeMatha has won six consecutive league titles, beating Good Counsel in the past five championship games. Good Counsel is seeking its first league title.

What to watch when DeMatha has the ball: Running back Marcus Coker might have been the region's most dominant player during the first half of the season, with three 200-yard games. He's healthy now after pulling a groin muscle and should get plenty of work against perhaps the Washington area's top linebackers.

What to watch when Good Counsel has the ball: Quarterback Zach Dancel has been efficient down the stretch, passing for more than 100 yards in each of the Falcons' past three games with just one interception in the past eight. Running backs Wes Brown (1,238 yards, 17 TDs) and Michael Nittoli (654 yards, 11 TDs) complement each other nicely.

X factor: What will happen with the game on the line? These two teams have played plenty of close games, with DeMatha rallying for a 24-21 victory on Oct. 9 and always finding a way to win in the playoffs.


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