Eight Montgomery County teams play their Week 7 games tonight, but the best action still should take place tomorrow.
at No. 6 Damascus (5-1)
Tomorrow, 6:30 p.m.
Legendary coach Al Thomas returns to Damascus as an opponent in this Montgomery 4A East Division game. After coaching at Seneca Valley for 14 years, Thomas led the Swarmin' Hornets to a 59-13 record and two state titles from 1988 to 1993.
Thomas has done one of his best coaching jobs this year. His Warriors (5-1, 3-0) are young, inexperienced and undersized, but they find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Maryland 4A West Region. Sherwood has ridden offensive coordinator Terry Changuris's passing attack -- led by sophomore quarterback Deontay Twyman (61 of 101, 1,030 yards, 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions) and senior wide receiver Chris Sheahin (29 receptions, 627 yards, 6 touchdowns).
But mounting injuries, especially the one suffered by leading running back Brian Gunderman in Week 5, may finally catch up to the Warriors tomorrow. Defending Maryland 4A champion Damascus (5-1, 3-0) is getting healthy and last week posted a confidence-building victory -- a last-minute, 26-20 triumph over then-No. 20 Quince Orchard. The Hornets have become accustomed to big games, having won the state championship last year and faced defending Maryland 3A champion Linganore and third-ranked Northwest earlier this year.
Richard Montgomery (3-3)
at Magruder (2-4)
Tomorrow, 6:30 p.m.
All of a sudden, Richard Montgomery can start talking about the playoffs again.
After going 1-9 in 2003, the Rockets started the 2004 campaign 1-3. But Richard Montgomery has won two straight games -- 14-7 over Springbrook, a team that made the playoffs last year, and 35-19 over Blake last week.
Should the Rockets win their final four games -- not out of the realm of possibility with only one winning team remaining (Whitman) on their schedule -- they would be in the mix for one of the four Maryland 4A West Region playoff berths.
Richard Montgomery's three losses came to third-ranked Northwest, sixth-ranked Damascus and Sherwood -- teams with a combined record of 16-2.
"They're really good football teams," Richard Montgomery Coach Mike Bonavia said. "All we can do now is fight from here and try to win them all."
Tomorrow's Montgomery 4A East Division game against Magruder (2-4, 1-2) is the first step for the Rockets (3-3, 2-2). The Colonels shut out Richard Montgomery last season, 26-0.