There seems little question that Gwynn Park is the favorite in the Prince George's 3A/2A, having won 47 of its past 49 regular season games, dominating its league like few other teams in the Washington area.
That said, there are few teams in the region that have the confidence of Friendly, which travels to Gwynn Park on Saturday in the 3A/2A league's first showdown of the season. Led by junior quarterback Joe Haden, the Patriots are 2-0 and think they are prepared for this week's game.
"I think we match up real well with them; I really do," Friendly assistant coach Marcus Berry said. "In all honesty, I think we're better than they are at the skill positions. Our linemen just need to show up."
If accurate, that would be quite an assessment. Gwynn Park has many talented receivers, led by Quinton McCree and Trevor Germany, and several talented running backs. But Berry has been impressed with running backs Lamaar Thomas, Josh Haden and Rakeem Vick and said that Haden's ability to add some running to his game has made a difference.
"He didn't run a lot last year," Berry said. "That adds another dimension to the offense."
Eleanor Roosevelt goes to Parkdale on Saturday in a meeting of Prince George's 4A undefeated teams. It will be the first test for Parkdale against a top team, but don't expect the Panthers to back off their passing game. The same can be said of the Raiders: Roosevelt quarterback Nico Scott has been efficient and is coming off a two-touchdown performance. . . .
DeMatha begins its quest for a third consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship on Friday night at Paul VI Catholic. Keep an eye on Stags sophomore Kenny Tate, who scored two touchdowns in last week's 48-0 victory over Coolidge. . . .
On Friday, Pallotti (2-0) hosts Cardinal Gibbons (3-1) in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference nondivision game. The Panthers last season rallied to beat Gibbons, 14-7. Coach Jack Mead said running back Harold Morton rushed eight times for 146 yards and four touchdowns in last week's victory over Avalon.