With the exception of blowouts that prompt a running clock, Saturday's 4A game between Douglass and C.H. Flowers could be the county's fastest of the year. Although both teams have proven capable in the passing game, both prefer to rely on their prolific rushers.

Led by running backs Rico Greene, T.J. Cole and Jamain McCain, Douglass is averaging 327 yards rushing and 39 points per game. Flowers will counter with a backfield, led by Raphael Johnson, that averages 416 yards rushing and 42 points per game.

"I've watched them quite a bit," Douglass Coach J.C. Pinkney said, acknowledging the similarities between the teams. "They're fast, man, and they're good. It is going to be a huge test for us because they can put points on people in a heartbeat."

Pinkney said the most important thing for the Eagles will be to tackle well -- an area in which they excelled in their first big game of the season, a 28-7 victory over Suitland on Sept. 17.

"Everybody that touches the football for them can score, from any distance," Pinkney said. "It's another big week. They seem to be lining up. We have to get ourselves ready to roll against a big team that can put points up in a hurry."

Momentum for DeMatha

Among private schools, DeMatha will try to keep on track in its trip to St. John's on Saturday. The Stags (3-1, 1-0 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) are coming off a 47-6 victory over Paul VI Catholic in which running back Patrick Mealy rushed 12 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Since losing to Gilman on Sept. 9, DeMatha has won its two games by a combined 95-6. . . .

One of the county's more surprising teams has been Riverdale Baptist, which improved to 3-1 with a 42-0 victory over West Nottingham as Daniel Blackstone rushed nine times for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Blackstone also returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown. The Crusaders (3-1) have shut out three opponents and play Saturday against Friendship Edison.