When: 7 tonight

Last week: Huntingtown lost at Great Mills, 22-0. Northern defeated Leonardtown, 55-0.

Last meeting: Northern won, 21-0, on Sept. 10, 2004.

Outlook: Lackey's loss helped Northern's playoff chances because the Patriots, who have lost to Westlake, still have Lackey and Chopticon remaining on their schedule. Right now, though, Northern has to take care of a desperate Huntingtown team coming off a last-second loss to Chopticon and a stunning shutout to Great Mills. Northern running back A.J. Brown looked fully recovered from a shoulder injury as he rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns last week.


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Last week: Chopticon defeated Patuxent, 27-24, in overtime. Lackey lost to Westlake, 18-6.

Last meeting: Lackey won, 45-6, on Sept. 10, 2004.

Outlook: This is a critical game for Lackey, not only to see whether the Chargers can rebound from their first regular-season loss in nearly two years, but also to keep their playoff hopes alive. A loss here would drop Lackey two games behind both Westlake and Chopticon, which don't play one another. Lackey will also be without lineman J.B. Walton for at least two weeks, after learning Monday he has a hairline fracture of his left ankle. The Chargers need to re-establish their passing game, thought to be their strength coming into the season. They have completed only 12 of 39 passes the past two weeks.



When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Last week: Great Mills defeated Huntingtown, 22-0. Leonardtown lost to Northern, 55-0.

Last meeting: Great Mills won, 21-6, on Oct. 8, 2004.

Outlook: After beating a school other than Leonardtown for the first time since dropping Northern in 2000, the Hornets will try to win consecutive games for the first time since starting the 1999 season 2-0. This game will show how well the Hornets handled last week's impressive victory. Will they come in overconfident against a Leonardtown team that has struggled with injuries in three lopsided losses, or will Great Mills continue to show signs of taking the program in a new direction?

LA PLATA (2-1)


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Last week: La Plata defeated Calvert, 10-9. Thomas Stone lost to McDonough, 17-7.

Last meeting: La Plata won, 7-6, on Oct. 29, 2004.

Outlook: Junior Tyler Shymansky's block of an extra-point attempt with less than two minutes to go last week sealed La Plata's first homecoming victory since 1999, which was also the Warriors' last winning season. Now comes a game that could determine the remaining course of both teams' seasons. Thomas Stone is struggling on offense and has lost seven of eight games dating to last season.



When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Last week: McDonough defeated Thomas Stone, 17-7. Westlake defeated Lackey, 18-6.

Last meeting: McDonough won, 23-3, on Oct. 29, 2004.

Outlook: The best prevention for a Westlake letdown is a McDonough team that last year gave the Wolverines their most humbling defeat in recent seasons. Has there been a more surprising individual performance in the SMAC this season than that of Westlake quarterback Mike Pegues, who had not thrown a pass before this season? The senior has completed 17 of 24 passes for 348 yards and no interceptions while also rushing for two scores. His McDonough counterpart, junior Christian Ward, also a new starter, has improved nicely since the Rams' opening loss. Ward is 15 of 27 for 261 yards and two touchdowns the past two games.


When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Last week: Calvert lost to La Plata, 10-9. Patuxent lost to Chopticon, 27-24, in overtime.

Last meeting: Patuxent won, 45-20, on Nov. 5, 2004.

Outlook: Both teams are coming off painful losses decided late in the game and need this game to rebound. "This weekend is a test to see which team can come back emotionally," Patuxent Coach Steve Crounse said. Calvert will have the benefit of having both of its starting running backs -- Donovan Harris and Gerard Muschette -- in the lineup for the first time this season.

-- by Alan Goldenbach