* Suitland at Largo, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow: After starting the season with three blowouts, the Rams have skirted by Oxon Hill and High Point the past two weeks and do not seem as dominant as they were earlier. LB Navorro Bowman leads a defense that has allowed only three touchdowns all season, but Suitland has struggled offensively.

Largo, meanwhile, relies heavily on RB Charlie Rivers, who has four 100-yard games this season. The Lions will need another big night from Rivers if they are to pull off a victory that would benefit them greatly as they seek their first playoff berth since 1995.

Suitland assistant coach Eric Wade was Largo's head coach the previous five seasons.

* St. John's vs. DeMatha at Parkdale, 2:30 p.m. Saturday: Stags can't look ahead to next week's showdown with No. 2 Good Counsel. Cadets enter with three-game winning streak, led by standout LB Rico McCoy, who played for DeMatha before transferring.

Stags are led by RB Jeff Allen (541 yards rushing) and WR Brandon Peterson (13 catches for 282 yards, four touchdowns). DeMatha has allowed more than one touchdown in a game only once since the start of last season, and the Stags have not lost to the Cadets since 1994.

* Douglass at Potomac, 3 p.m. Saturday: This week's big game matches teams with contrasting styles. Douglass prefers to keep the ball on the ground nearly all of the time, with RBs Jamaine McCain and Derron Hall doing most of the work. Potomac has used RB Titan Trabue more than in the past, but the Wolverines still have a talented set of skill players in QB James Nickens and WRs Korey Coles and Eric Westbrook.

Also of interest will be the matchup on the lines, with Douglass standouts Patrick Mimms and Thomas Claggett going against Potomac's Gus Parrish, Brandon Jackson and Reggie Berry.

"They're committed to the run a lot more this year than what they did last year," Douglass Coach J.C. Pinkney said. "They're just enormous. They're talented and have a really experienced team. That's going to cause a lot of problems for a lot of people."

* Bowie at Northwestern, 3 p.m. Saturday: With the middle of the Prince George's 4A league congested -- four teams have two losses -- this game should help sort out the pack. The loser of this game might have a hard time bouncing back to make the playoffs. The Bulldogs are expected to again be without RB Kerel Whitehead, who aggravated a hamstring injury in practice last week, Coach Ray Hicks said.

* C.H. Flowers at Oxon Hill, 3 p.m. Saturday: One week after beating the team with the county's leading rusher (Largo's Charlie Rivers), the Clippers must face the county's top rushing team. The Jaguars are led by Brandon McRae (777 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns), but Jimmy McClam and Ramond Dixon are also top threats.

-- JOSH BARR