No. 15 Suitland vs. No. 9 Eleanor Roosevelt

What: Maryland 4A quarterfinal.

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt.

Records: Suitland 8-2; Roosevelt 9-1.

Analysis: Roosevelt won the Maryland 4A South Region title, yet the Raiders have been bothered by the one blemish on their record: a 23-7 loss to Suitland on Oct. 9. "When you reach the postseason, all the games are tough, just like all the games in the Prince George's 4A league are tough," Roosevelt Coach Rick Houchens said. "We have a little extra incentive because we did not have a good showing the last time we played Suitland."

The Raiders will try to eliminate turnovers and limit mental mistakes--two things they were not able to do in the teams' previous meeting (the Rams had three interceptions and seven sacks in that game).

Suitland has won three straight county titles and is shooting for its third straight appearance in the 4A championship game. The Rams' strength is their defense; no team has scored more than 14 points against Suitland this season, including Roosevelt, which averages 37.8 points per game.

Pikesville at Forestville

What: Maryland 1A quarterfinal.

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Forestville High School.

Records: Pikesville 7-3; Forestville 8-2.

Analysis: Forestville Coach Michael Mayo and his staff have put hundreds of miles on their cars while scouting for the Maryland 1A playoffs. The Forestville coaches scouted seven teams, including first round opponent Pikesville, and potential semifinal opponents Bohemia Manor and Cambridge-South Dorchester. That meant road trips to Baltimore, Cecil County (the northeastern corner of Maryland) and Dorchester County (Ocean City), respectively.

"We did some traveling," Mayo said. "But you want to be ready for whoever you play."

Pikesville is an athletic team with a big offensive line and aggressive defense, Mayo said. The key for the Knights, he said, will be to continue to play good defense and run the ball effectively.

No team has been able to score more than two touchdowns on Forestville this season. And over the past two weeks, no one has been able to stop the Knights' backfield of Edward Garnes (427 yards, five touchdowns in wins over Potomac and Surrattsville) and Larry McClain (208 yards, two touchdowns).

No. 3 DeMatha vs. McNamara

What: WCAC semifinal.

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Parkdale High School, Riverdale.

Records: DeMatha 9-0-1; McNamara 6-3.

Analysis: DeMatha, which is unbeaten in its past 20 games, is shooting for its seventh WCAC title in nine years. The Stags beat McNamara, 34-8, on Oct. 9, though they trailed, 8-7, at halftime.

The Mustangs will have to contain DeMatha junior running back Anthony Riley, who leads the conference in rushing. Riley ran for 268 yards and four touchdowns--including touchdown runs of 45 and 50 yards--against McNamara in the teams' earlier meeting.

McNamara junior quarterback Mark Banks has thrown for 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, with 525 yards and six touchdowns going to Durrell Koon. The duo must find success early and often if McNamara is going to pull the upset.

Defensively, the Mustangs must find a way to slow the Stags, who average a WCAC-high 33.4 points per game. McNamara is seventh in the WCAC in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game.