Southern at Broadneck, Saturday, 1 p.m.

The Matchup: Broadneck will be the Bulldogs' toughest challenge to date, but the game will feature two of the county's best quarterbacks: Broadneck senior Freddie Joe Steinmark and Southern senior Justin Holland. Steinmark is coming off a remarkable performance in which he threw five touchdown passes against North County. Holland helped the Bulldogs snap Severna Park's five-game winning streak. Both teams run the option, so execution will be critical.

Southern sophomore Bobby Atwell has been a major contributor recently. He set up Southern's opening touchdown against Severna Park with a 90-yard kickoff return, tipped a pass that was intercepted and caught a 26-yard touchdown pass.

"I've been working really hard at practice and putting in more effort than I usually have," said Atwell, a two-year starter. "I guess I'm finally coming into myself. It was probably my best game this season."

Key Number: 12 -- number of points Broadneck has allowed in its last four games.

Last Time: Broadneck 17, Southern 14: Southern relinquished a 14-0 halftime lead. Steinmark threw the game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Anthony Hawkins, who has since graduated.

Quotable: "Southern is a real underrated team," Steinmark said. "They've played people from out of county and have a whole bunch of good athletes. They've got their whole track team in the backfield, so our defense is going to have a good challenge this week."