* H.D. Woodson at Friendly, 6:30 p.m. tomorrow: After their 0-2 start, the Patriots have won five consecutive games to make a push for the Maryland 2A South Region playoffs. However, Friendly's remaining schedule is not easy. The Patriots lost to H.D. Woodson, 31-14, last season and they finish with a game against Douglass (7-1).
Woodson (4-3) enters with a four-game winning streak.
* Northwestern at Largo, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow: The Maryland 4A South Region playoffs begin a little earlier, with Largo needing a victory to keep alive its chances of making the playoffs for the first time since 1995.
This game matches the county's leading rusher, Largo's Charlie Rivers (1,422 yards, 12 touchdowns), against the normally stingy Northwestern defense. The Wildcats had allowed only 44 points in their previous five games before a 43-0 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt.
* Eleanor Roosevelt at Oxon Hill, 2 p.m. Saturday: Another key game in the push for the playoffs. The Clippers might be able to qualify for the Maryland 4A South Region playoffs for the first time since 1996 by winning their last two games. It won't be easy. Oxon Hill has not beaten Roosevelt since 1997, losing six games by a combined score of 232-31.
The Raiders will try to take away the Clippers' power running attack. Oxon Hill probably will stay conservative offensively and must keep things close early so that it can stick to its offensive game plan. Oxon Hill Coach Randolph Warren said he expects FB-LB Raymond Saunders to return after missing two games because of an undisclosed injury.
* Gwynn Park at Douglass, 2 p.m. Saturday: Both teams used last week's games to rest key players for their neighborhood rivalry, a game that Douglass might need to win to qualify for the Maryland 3A East Region playoffs. The Eagles could get in with a loss if other results work in their favor, but Coach J.C. Pinkney thinks such a scenario is irrelevant.
"We need to win out," he said. "To be honest, I don't know if we would really deserve to go to the playoffs if we lose to Gwynn Park for the simple fact that we would have to play them again."
Of course, Douglass beat Gwynn Park in the regular season last year only to lose the rematch in the playoffs.
Douglass' key players played little, if at all, in the 40-0 victory over winless Central last week. RBs Jamaine McCain and Derron Hall each had one carry, OL/DL Thomas Claggett played two series and OL/DL Patrick Mimms sat out with a sore ankle. Similarly, Gwynn Park Coach Danny Hayes, whose team probably needs to win one of its two remaining games to qualify for the playoffs, said two of his starting linemen did not play and another was in for only a few plays in the Yellow Jackets' 28-24 nonconference victory over Calvert Hall.
-- JOSH BARR