* Douglass at Forestville, Saturday, 2: The first time any of the county's top teams meet this season. Neither has been tested yet, with both winning a pair of blowouts.

Both teams expect to compete for the 3A/2A league title and hope to advance deep into the playoffs despite losing most of their skill players from last season, when both teams advanced to the playoffs. Douglass features sophomore RB Derron Hall and junior RB Jamaine McCain, while Forestville has senior WR Jermaine Lindsay, who has committed to Akron, junior RB Donte Nicholson and senior RB Justin Tillman.

Douglass won the teams' meeting last season, 14-13, the first game between the teams since 1990.

* C.H. Flowers at Northwestern, Saturday, 2: After facing bruising Suitland RB Navorro Bowman last week, the Wildcats must prepare for the Jaguars' speedy senior trio of Ramond Dixon, Jimmy McClam and Evan McCullough, while still having to be concerned with physical senior fullback Brandon McRae. Northwestern counters with senior QB Larrone Moore, who sometimes moves to running back when the Wildcats bring in sophomore QB Letheo Proctor.

* St. John's/Prospect Hall vs. Riverdale Baptist at Sports Park, Friday, 7: The Crusaders get another chance against St. John's/Prospect Hall (1-1) and record-setting quarterback Keith Ricca. Ricca, on track to become the state's all-time leading passer this season, completed 34 of 52 passes for seven touchdowns and one interception and a state single-game record 515 yards in a 52-16 victory last season.

* DeMatha at Dunbar, Saturday, 1: The Washington area's top private school team matches up against D.C.'s top public school team, their first meeting since 1999, when their season opener resulted in a 14-14 tie after being shortened by a thunderstorm. The Crimson Tide (1-2) lost to No. 18 Gonzaga, 30-26, last week. The Stags will be without senior RB Anthony Wiseman, who left their 12-9 victory over Gilman with a knee injury, but should be fine with seniors Jordan Scott and Jeff Allen.

* Bowie at Oxon Hill, Saturday, 2: The Bulldogs have won consecutive games in the same season for the first time since winning the Maryland 4A title in 2001, and could get a boost from the return of senior RB Kerel Whitehead, who has yet to play this season because of a pulled hamstring.


Opponents haven't gotten a very good handle on Derron Hall of Douglass yet this year -- the team is 2-0, with a couple of blowout wins. A game against Forestville should be a tougher test.