Patuxent at Chopticon

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last year's meeting: Patuxent, 33-15.

Last game: Patuxent (5-4, 4-3) lost to McDonough, 14-9; Chopticon (5-4, 4-3) defeated Westlake, 31-14.

Outlook: Chopticon has won four of its past five games and would love to end the season with back-to-back victories over last year's co-SMAC champions, Westlake and Patuxent. The challenge is that the Panthers, despite their somewhat erratic performance this season, are still a team loaded with talent.

Senior RB Dan Pernell is just 15 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark and senior QB Justyn Lankford and senior WR Luis Perez give Patuxent a deep threat.

But Braves Coach Andy Palko, with the continued development of junior Matu Threatt to share the rushing load with senior Terrell Reeves, has freed Reeves in recent weeks to wreak full-time havoc at linebacker, something he does better than anyone in the conference.

Leonardtown at Great Mills

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last year's meeting: Great Mills, 39-6.

Last game: Leonardtown (1-7, 0-6) lost to Rockville, 16-14; Great Mills (0-9, 0-7) lost to Lackey, 49-14.

Outlook: Leonardtown junior Josh Bhattacharya's broken collarbone couldn't have come at a worse time. The up-and-coming Raiders, who have struggled defensively, had games against Rockville and Great Mills -- both winnable outings -- scheduled at the end of the season.

Without Bhattacharya, who was the Washington area's leading passer before his injury last week, the Raiders came up just short against Rockville. They still have a chance to bookend their season with victories, but will have to overcome a Hornets team that has an equal desire not to end its season winless.

Senior WR Ricky Collins leads Leonardtown's charge; senior WR Kashif Dyson does the same for Great Mills.

McDonough at La Plata

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last year's meeting: McDonough, 14-8.

Last game: McDonough (3-6, 3-4) defeated Patuxent, 14-9; La Plata (1-8, 1-6) lost to Calvert, 47-29.

Outlook: This season hasn't gone the way McDonough had hoped, but last week's victory boosted the Rams' spirits.

So, too, did the return of senior RB Jay Muschette, who has been injured off-and-on for the better part of the last two years, most recently with a strained ligament in one of his knees. Against Patuxent, though, the strong-willed and hard-running Muschette totaled 157 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries, an average of 7.1 yards per carry.

La Plata senior Brandon Watson is coming off a solid performance in which he accumulated 124 yards on 15 carries, an average of 8.3 yards per carry.

Calvert Hall at Lackey

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last year's meeting: Calvert Hall, 41-22.

Last game: Lackey (6-3, 5-3) defeated Great Mills, 49-14.

Outlook: The Post's No. 2 Georgetown Prep came to Waldorf and dismantled Westlake, 41-0, in its season opener. Lackey is hoping to avoid a similar fate when it plays host to Baltimore's No. 3 team, Calvert Hall.

Though it won't be an easy task, the Chargers would be rewarded with more than pride if they could pull out a victory over Calvert Hall. Beating Calvert Hall (7-1) would result in an avalanche of points for Lackey, likely enough to put them into the Class 2A playoffs.

Sophomore RB Morgan Green could prove the key. Green rushed for 203 yards and five touchdowns last week, becoming the first sophomore in school history to cross the 1,000-yard plateau.

He has 1,027 yards and 16 touchdowns on 187 carries this season.