This Week's

Key Games

No. 17 Douglass (1-0)

at No. 5 Suitland (1-0),

2 p.m. Saturday

Suitland Coach Nick Lynch was surprised by one aspect of his team's season-opening, 7-0 victory over Oxon Hill: the size of the crowd.

"You would think it was a playoff game," Lynch said. "I didn't look up there, but I heard it. There were a bunch of folks, especially for our opener. Our fans usually wait to see how we do at first, then come on the bandwagon."

There are plenty of believers in the Maryland 4A defending champions, but their opponent this week, Douglass, also is considered one of the county's elite teams. The Eagles, who reached the Maryland 3A semifinals last season, return many of their top players and opened their season with a 44-6 rout of Largo.

If Lynch thought the crowd was large last week, the game against Douglass almost certainly will be standing room only.

Douglass has a more balanced offense than in years past, when it relied solely on the run, while Suitland might have to test its passing game.

Oxon Hill (0-1) at

Eleanor Roosevelt (1-0),

2 p.m. Saturday

The Raiders have dominated the series recently and appear to be on course to contend for another Prince George's 4A title. The Clippers have improved, led by linebackers Raymond Saunders and Travis Blair, but are in the midst of the county's most difficult early-season schedule, coming off a 7-0 loss to Suitland.

No. 7 Gwynn Park (1-0) at

Forestville (1-0),

2 p.m. Saturday

A tough early 3A/2A contest between the two league favorites. Both teams opened the season with nonleague victories, including Forestville's 39-0 victory over Avalon, a new Montgomery County private school. Wayne Moten rushed three times for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the lopsided victory.

-- JOSH BARR

Elsewhere

Friday

Avalon at Pallotti, 7

Saturday

Bishop McNamara at Bishop

Ireton, 1

Riverdale Baptist at Bowling

Brook, 1

DeMatha at Coolidge, 1:30

Bladensburg at C.H. Flowers, 2

Central at Friendly, 2

High Point at Bowie, 2

Largo at Crossland, 2

Northwestern at Calvert

Hall, 2

Potomac at DuVal, 2

Surrattsville at Fairmont

Heights, 2

Parkdale vs. Laurel at High

Point, 7:30

Wayne Moten rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries last week as Forestville opened the season with a 39-0 victory over Avalon of Montgomery County. Things figure to be harder for Forestville on Saturday afternoon as the Knights play host to Gwynn Park (also 1-0) in an early 3A/2A league battle.