Weekend walk-through: Maryland
Bowie at C.H. Flowers, Friday, 3 p.m.
With a solid group of returning skill players, expectations are high at Bowie . The Bulldogs are off to a 2-0 start and have hopes of qualifying for the playoffs for just the second time since winning the Maryland 4A championship in 2001.
That state title run, however, was the last time Bowie beat C.H. Flowers . Since then, the Jaguars have been a postseason fixture (making six appearances in the past seven seasons) and the Bulldogs have struggled, including a 46-18 loss when the teams played last year.
"They always are one of the best in the county and last year they took it to us pretty good," Bowie Coach Lionel Macklin said. "But the kids have a whole different vibe this year. I think we'll be ready to play."
Bowie's leaders have been quarterback Jordan Maslanik, running back James Holley and wide receiver-defensive back A.J. Hendy, who has committed to play for Maryland. On defense, defensive end Alex Robinson, linebacker Jarard Stewart and free safety James Johnson all have played well, Macklin said.
"This would take us to the next level," Macklin said. "In the past, they have been one of the teams you have to beat to have a chance to go to the playoffs. This would give us a boost, I would say."
Flowers also is 2-0 overall and in the Prince George's 4A league, but the Jaguars' toughest competition - Suitland , Eleanor Roosevelt and Wise - is in the second half of the schedule. In victories over Northwestern and High Point , Flowers has gotten by despite the absence of some key players.
Quarterback Thomas Lawrence returned to practice this week after dislocating a finger in a preseason scrimmage. It is uncertain whether he will play Friday. In his absence, Coach Mike Mayo has been rotating juniors Johnathan Holland and Roman Williams.
Also, Mayo said middle linebacker Eric Bruton has yet to play because of a sprained knee.
Bowie is "a very athletic team; tough and very aggressive," Mayo said. "They're one of the up and coming teams and they'll do a lot of damage this year. We know it's going to be a good game. We're a little young in places and their confidence is high. It will be a good test for us."
Around Prince George's
Eleanor Roosevelt (2-0, 2-0 Prince George's 4A) goes for its third consecutive shutout Friday when it hosts High Point. The Eagles (0-2, 0-2) enter with the Washington area's longest active losing streak at 23 games.
Also in the Prince George's 4A league on Friday, Parkdale plays at DuVal in a key meeting of 1-1 teams coming off losses. ... Friendly looks to improve to 3-0 when it plays Friday at Crossland (1-1, 0-1 Prince George's 3A/2A/1A).
Anne Arundel game to watch: Arundel at Broadneck, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Arundel's Joe Kopp attended about a dozen offensive line camps this offseason, some for recruiting purposes, others to work on technique. Often, Kopp remembers, opposing linemen would start a conversation with the senior left tackle and ask what it was like to play in the 14th-ranked Wildcats' fast-paced spread offense - and how could he stand it.