Three Prince George's football teams making strong bids for postseason playoff berths are Bowie (8-0), Laurel (7-1) and Fairmont Heights (7-1). With two weeks remaining in the regular season, each or all of the trio would virtually assure itself a berth with a victory this weekend.
Class AA Region III leader Bowie plays at Oxon Hill (7-1), which is in second place in the same region. Should Oxon Hill win, Bowie would still be in position to gain a berth. The four region winners and the next four best teams in the classification earn berths.
Laurel rebounded nicely from a 7-6 loss to Surrattsville, winning five straight games to take over first place in Class A Region II. The Spartans play Gwynn Park (2-6) this week before closing out against DuVal (6-2).
Fairmont Heights, which suffered a 6-0 loss to Laurel, has also come back with a vengeance. The Hornets have averaged at least 30 points a game the last four weeks and are now atop Class B Region III. Jeff Turner has six touchdowns for the high-scoring Hornets, whose defense has been especially tough, having allowed only 32 points in eight games.
Laurel has also been tough defensively. It has posted three shutouts and has allowed only 41 points.
For the third straight season, Bowie has to be reckoned with. The Bulldogs made the playoffs in both 1985 and '86, but lost in the first round. A very workmanlike group, Bowie rarely varies from its straight-on approach to the game. Kevin Jackson (seven touchdowns) and Nick Arbutina (four touchdowns) are the top rushers for the Bulldogs.