For the second consecutive season, Poolesville finished the regular season unbeaten. The Falcons have secured the No. 2 seed in the Maryland 1A South Region playoffs.
Who's Next: W.E.B. DuBois Panthers.
Their Story: The Panthers are 7-2 and won four games in a row to end the regular season.
Last Meeting: Poolesville 34, W.E.B. DuBois 7, Nov. 14, 2003.
The teams played in the first round of last season's Maryland 1A South Region playoffs. Poolesville went up 21-7 at the half, then shut out DuBois in the second half for its first playoff victory since 1989.
What Poolesville Must Do to Win: More of the same. The Falcons have dominated in recent weeks -- they finished the regular season with a 36-7 victory over Bethesda-Chevy Chase, a Maryland 3A school -- but also have shown the ability to win tight games. Poolesville put together a late drive to beat Bowling Brook 14-8 on Oct. 29, and made a goal-line stand to seal a 10-6 victory over Perryville on Oct. 1.
Poolesville's offense, led by sophomore QB Matt Ray (828 passing yards, 420 rushing yards), senior RB Greg Brooks (816 rushing yards) and junior RB Jared Christman (574 rushing yards), is balanced and makes few mistakes. Its defense, led by the linebacker corps of junior Tyler Bierly, senior Tommy Dorrycott and senior Chris Dimopolous, has allowed just 5.5 points per game.
The Falcons must be wary of looking ahead to a potential regional final against Dunbar of Baltimore. Last season, Dunbar scored late to defeat Poolesville, 30-22, in the regional championship.