GAME OF THE WEEK

Calvert at Westlake

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last season's meeting: Westlake, 39-0

Records: Calvert 2-0, 0-0; Westlake 2-0, 1-0

Last game: Calvert defeated Southern, 47-6; Westlake defeated Lackey, 29-0.

Each week, Southern Maryland Extra will let key players preview the key game of the week. This week, Calvert's Brendan Galligan and Westlake's Jon Rolle size up their teams.

Galligan on Calvert

* Offense

"We just have to run the ball to keep their offense off the field, and we haven't had any trouble doing that yet. . . . If we can't run, we can go to the pass. . . . We've got talent there with [quarterback] Orion [Canine] and [receivers Marshall] Cooper and Treaven Wills.

Key stat: Sean Mizzer, a junior running back, has rushed for 284 yards and six touchdowns in the first two games.

* Defense

"This week, we have to stop the run. That's one of our strengths, but we know that doesn't mean it will be easy against Westlake. Our whole defensive line is playing well, though, especially Chris Johnson and Jarmon Washington."

Key stat: Calvert has allowed six total points in its two games.

* Special teams

"What we need to do against Westlake is come up with something big on special teams to give them bad field position."

Key stat: Sean Mizzer has returned two punts for touchdowns, from 63 and 47 yards.

* Key to victory

"We must hold on to the ball. Last year, we lost like nine turnovers to them, or some huge number, and we can't do that again."

Rolle on Westlake

* Offense

"Everyone knows we're not going to throw the ball much. We want to run the football. When you have guys like Gonzie [Gray], Recardo [Evans] and Jason [Raysor] who can run under 11 seconds in the 100, that's who you want to give the ball to. As blockers, all we have to do is work hard on every assignment."

Key stat: With teams keying on stopping Gray, a highly recruited Division I prospect, the door has opened for Evans (113 yards, three TDs in Week 1) and Jason Raysor (198 yards, four TDs in Week 2).

* Defense

"The big thing we need to work on is our interior line. If Randy Starks, Jason Tate, Emanuel Burch and John Richards can get off the ball quickly, that's when we have success stopping plays early. The secondary has been playing real good."

Key stat: The Wolverines have not allowed a rushing touchdown through the first two games; they have given up two TD passes.

* Special teams

"We have James Washington, Gonzie and Mike Mills all back there returning kicks, and they are all good."

Key stat: If Gray gets a step ahead, no one in the conference can catch him. He took the Maryland 3A title in the 200 meters at 21.92 and finished a close second in the 100 at 10.6.

* Key to victory

"We came out a little too relaxed against Lackey. We have to start playing Westlake football, and that means getting after things and working really hard on every play. Any team that has scored almost 90 points in two weeks of football is not one we can take lightly. Being the team with the most wins and four SMAC titles won't mean anything to them when we step on the field."

Sneak Peek

* Great Mills at McDonough

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season's meeting: McDonough, 18-0

Records: Great Mills 2-0, 1-0; McDonough 0-2, 0-1

Last game: Great Mills defeated Northern, 15-12; McDonough lost to Thomas Stone, 28-14

Outlook: To continue its 2-0 start, Great Mills (0-10 last season) will need better production from Division I prospect FB Clifford Dukes against McDonough than he had against Northern. Dukes ran for 110 yards in the season opener against Southern but was held to just 18 yards on five carries last week. McDonough has moved the ball well behind junior QB Travis Peters, but has given up too many big plays on defense.

* La Plata at Chopticon

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last season's meeting: La Plata, 13-12, in overtime

Records: La Plata 1-1, 0-0; Chopticon 1-1, 0-0

Last game: La Plata lost to Fort Hill, 27-15; Chopticon defeated Gwynn Park, 21-20

Outlook: La Plata's offense is run-oriented, and that could be a problem against the Braves, who boast one of the biggest defensive lines in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. Chopticon didn't allow a single Gwynn Park rusher more than 35 yards. Chopticon QB Jamar Mason and WR Jamie Byroads have formed a productive tandem, but they'll be challenged by LBs Raheem Archer and Dennis Williamson and speedy DB Titus Green.

* Thomas Stone at Northern

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last season's meeting: Thomas Stone, 20-13

Records: Thomas Stone 2-0, 1-0; Northern 0-2, 0-1

Last game: Thomas Stone defeated McDonough, 28-14; Northern lost to Great Mills, 15-12

Outlook: There is no secret who is going to get the ball when the Cougars line up. The problem is stopping him. Senior RB Marcus Whalen has rushed for 502 yards and six TDs already this season, not to mention a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last week against McDonough. Whalen returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score last year against the Patriots. Northern also has to find a way to score. Shut out in its season opener, the Patriots had 12 points last week against Great Mills.

* Lackey at Leonardtown

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last season's meeting: Leonardtown, 13-12

Records: Lackey 0-2, 0-1; Leonardtown 0-2, 0-1

Last game: Lackey lost to Westlake, 29-0; Leonardtown lost to Patuxent, 42-0

Outlook: Both teams should be eager to pick up their first win of the season. Lackey has been outscored, 63-0, through the first two games. Leonardtown, also shut out last week against Patuxent, has been outscored, 82-15. All-SMAC QB Jason Schacter leads the Raiders; junior RB Martin Queen is one of the best for the Chargers.

* Patuxent at Southern

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season's meeting: Did not play

Records: Patuxent 2-0, Southern 0-2

Last game: Patuxent defeated Leonardtown, 42-0; Southern lost to Calvert, 47-6

Outlook: Anne Arundel County's Southern, a Class 2A school, plays its third consecutive game against a SMAC 3A team. Before losing to Calvert last week, the Bulldogs opened with a 20-13 loss to Great Mills. Patuxent's offense has been explosive in its first two games. The emergence of sophomore RB Terry Caulley has been a surprise for the Panthers. He rushed for a school-record 270 yards on 22 carries in Week 1 and added 187 yards on 12 carries last week.

CAPTION: Jamie Byroads, left, a wide receiver and defensive back for Chopticon, tackles Lackey's Marcus Penny last year. Byroads and his fellow Braves will host La Plata on Friday.

CAPTION: RUSHING LEADERS (This chart was not available)