Mount Hebron at Atholton

7 p.m. tomorrow

Two of the league's top running backs -- Mount Hebron's Chris Eccleston and Atholton's Matt Winger -- will be showcased in what is a must-win game for both teams to stay in contention for the playoffs.

Winger has rushed for 476 yards and four touchdowns on 50 carries. Eccleston has rushed for 415 yards and scored 12 touchdowns, but both teams are coming off losses.

Mount Hebron fell, 38-28, to Reservoir in a game in which the Vikings led 21-12. Atholton fell to Long Reach, 28-13, after the game was tied at 7-7 at intermission.

"This game is huge for us because we need to bounce back, and we can't afford to have two losses this early in the season," Mount Hebron Coach Larry Luthe said. "We need to play with a lot more intensity than we did against Reservoir to beat Atholton."

Atholton has lost the past two meetings by a combined 60 points but has improved a lot from last year's team that went 1-9.

"I think some players on our team need to stop being timid," Winger said. "If we go 1-3, I feel some of our players might fold and start giving up, but if we are 2-2 we'll be right in there to have a chance at having a winning season. So I think this is a make-or-break game for us."