The game: No. 18 Potomac at Forestville.

Kickoff: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Records: Braves 7-1, 3-0 Prince George's 2A/1A; Knights 6-2, 2-1.

Last season: Forestville 37, Potomac 20.

Key players: Potomac WR Glenn Thomas, QB DuJuan Crockett, NG Mark Bryant, MLB Carey Vaughn; Forestville RB-S Larry McClain, RB Ed Garnes, WR-CB Donte Taylor, WR Derrell Parker.

Braves' key to victory: Keep up the defensive effort. Potomac, known more for its offense, held Central to a season-low six points and 41 yards of total offense in a 14-6 win Saturday. Braves Coach Eric Knight estimated that his team recorded at least 12 tackles for no gain or for a loss against the Falcons.

The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Bryant is the team's leading tackler with 81. Vaughn, a 6-2, 270-pound middle linebacker, had 10 tackles against Central and has 63 this season. "He's a force in the middle," Knight said. "If you have a 210-pound middle linebacker in high school football, you're doing well. This kid is 270 and can run."

A win over Forestville will help the Braves secure a piece of the county 2A/1A title, but Knight is looking forward to Saturday's game for another reason. Knight, who is in his seventh season as Potomac's coach, was the coach at Forestville from 1982, when the school opened, until 1989. "I named the team the Knights," Knight said. "I don't know if it was an ego thing or not."

Knights' key to victory: Hold on to the ball. Forestville has lost two games by a combined six points, committing seven turnovers in each of those losses--13-9 against DuVal on Sept. 25 and 14-12 against Fairmont Heights on Thursday. The Hornets scored both of their touchdowns following fumbles by Forestville.

"Potomac is dangerous, and they've got good athletes," Forestville Coach Michael Mayo said. "We have to control Thomas and their quarterback, but we can't just key on them. We cannot make the mistakes we have been making and stay in the ballgame."

Mayo hopes the Knights will enjoy more of a home-field advantage Saturday than they did on Thursday. Attendance at the Fairmont Heights game was limited to adults and media because of an incident between a Forestville junior varsity assistant coach and a fan at Wednesday's junior varsity game. Approximately 20 people watched the varsity game.

"Playing a close game with no crowd really hurt the kids," Mayo said. "The kids feed off of the crowd. It was a downer for them, because they were ready for the game and expecting a crowd. It was a very weird feeling; it felt like we were at practice. There was no football atmosphere at all."

Directions: From the Beltway, take Exit 11B (Pennsylvania Avenue). At the second traffic light, turn left onto Donnell Drive and follow it to the school.

-- Camille Powell

Other Games of Note

Gwynn Park at Fairmont Heights, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Fairmont Heights (6-2) pushed themselves back into the playoff picture with their 14-12 victory over Forestville Thursday but need to win their final two games to have a shot at the 2A/1A playoffs. Hornets senior DT Marcus Henry set up the eventual game-winning touchdown in the second quarter when he returned a fumble 21 yards to the Forestville 16-yard line.

"He's been asking for a chance to play fullback," Fairmont Heights Coach Ralph Paden said of the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Henry (whose twin brother, Marcel, also is a lineman). Marcus "said to me, 'Did you see me run? Maybe now you'll give me a shot.' I told him no; he's staying at defensive tackle."

Northwestern at No. 10 Eleanor Roosevelt, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Northwestern (6-2) has won four straight and has surrendered one touchdown (in a 21-7 win over Bowie on Oct. 9) in that span. Still, the Wildcats will have to win their final two games--this week against the No. 10 Raiders (7-1) and then against No. 19 Suitland (6-2)--to have a chance to return to the 4A playoffs.

Surrattsville at Central, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Central (6-2) will try to rebound from Saturday's 14-6 loss at Potomac. The Falcons are tied for fourth in the 2A/1A league with Surrattsville and lead Gwynn Park--their opponent in next week's regular season finale--by a game.

--Camille Powell

BY THE NUMBERS

1

Freshmen who have started for Fairmont Heights during Ralph Paden's 26-year head coaching tenure. Nathaniel Queen, a freshman running back, is not only starting for the Hornets this fall, he's the team's leading rusher (630 yards).

10

Consecutive quarters in which the Northwestern defense has not allowed a score. Bowie was the last team to score on the Wildcats--that came in the second quarter of a 21-7 Northwestern win on Oct. 9.

52.8

Average yards per kickoff return for Potomac's Glenn Thomas. Thomas, also a wide receiver, has returned six kickoffs, two for touchdowns.

LAST WEEK'S GAMES

Thursday

Prince George's 3A

Bladensburg 13, Crossland 6

Friendly 21, DuVal 7

Prince George's 2A/1A

Fairmont Heights 14, Forestville 12

Surrattsville 19, Gwynn Park 14

Friday

Prince George's 4A

Parkdale 28, Laurel 6

Saturday

Prince George's 4A

Bowie 26, Oxon Hill 8

E. Roosevelt 24, Largo 13

Northwestern 14, High Point 0

Prince George's 2A/1A

Potomac 14, Central 6

WCAC

DeMatha 14, Gonzaga 6

McNamara 19, St. John's 0

Other

Douglass 33, Meade 12

Hickey 14, Pallotti 6

Westlake 12, Suitland 6

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Friday

Prince George's 4A

Laurel at High Point, 7:30

Other

Riverdale Baptist at Largo, 7:30

Saturday

Prince George's 4A

Northwestern at E. Roosevelt, 1:30

Oxon Hill at Suitland, 1:30

Parkdale at Bowie, 1:30

Prince George's 3A

Bladensburg at Douglass, 1:30

Friendly at Crossland, 1:30

Prince George's 2A/1A

Gwynn Park at Fairmont Heights, 1:30

Potomac at Forestville, 1:30

Surrattsville at Central, 1:30

WCAC

DeMatha at O'Connell, 1:30

McNamara at Carroll, 1:30

Other

Pallotti at Spalding, 1:30

Wheaton at DuVal, 1:30

CAPTION: Potomac's DuJuan Crockett tumbles over a Central defender during the Braves' 14-6 win last week. No. 18 Potomac will secure part of 2A/1A title with win over Forestville.