LACKEY (2-2) AT GREAT MILLS (2-2)

When: 7 p.m., tomorrow.

Last week: Lackey lost to Chopticon, 22-18. Great Mills defeated Leonardtown, 28-14.

Last meeting: Lackey won, 27-6, on Sept. 18, 2004.

Outlook: Raise your hand if you said before the season that these two teams would have identical records after one month of play. You were probably the same person who also expected Great Mills to be within one touchdown of the Chargers in the third quarter of last year's meeting. With his players inspired by their first two-game winning streak in five years, Hornets Coach Bill Griffith plans to remind them of last year's scare, especially with the Chargers reeling from two straight crushing home defeats to Westlake and Chopticon.

LEONARDTOWN (0-4) AT PATUXENT (2-2)

When: 7 p.m., tomorrow.

Last week: Leonardtown lost to Great Mills, 28-14. Patuxent defeated Calvert, 45-29.

Last meeting: Patuxent won, 26-0, on Oct. 15, 2004.

Outlook: Patuxent's Robert McClain is not lacking any highlight-film material for recruiters. Last week, the senior running back amassed 335 yards in total offense, including two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Maybe more inspiring was senior quarterback Adam Colvin having his best game yet -- 10 of 18 for 218 yards and no interceptions. Schedule sets up favorably for Patuxent, starting with this game. After this, the Panthers have Great Mills and Huntingtown. The Panthers could be 5-2 before finishing with McDonough, Westlake and Northern.

MCDONOUGH (2-2) AT HUNTINGTOWN (0-4)

When: 7 p.m., tomorrow.

Last week: McDonough lost to Westlake, 39-14. Huntingtown lost to Northern, 41-0.

Last meeting: McDonough won, 28-7, on Oct. 23, 2004.

Outlook: With losses to the conference's two remaining unbeatens behind it, McDonough can focus on playing five straight opponents it defeated last season before finishing up against Lackey. Only two teams in Maryland 2A South have a better record than McDonough (Potomac and Glenelg, each 4-0), meaning the Rams control their playoff destiny. Look for A.J. Wallace to get back on track after rushing for a combined 92 yards the past two weeks.

NORTHERN (3-1) AT LA PLATA (2-2)

When: 7 p.m., tomorrow.

Last week: Northern defeated Huntingtown, 41-0. La Plata lost to Thomas Stone, 54-0.

Last meeting: Northern won, 50-0, on Sept. 23, 2004.

Outlook: La Plata lost senior running back Ryan Roach to a knee injury early in last week's loss, and everything went downhill from there. "We're going to treat [the loss] like a dirty little secret and pretend like it didn't happen," Warriors Coach Chris Davidson said. Instead, the Warriors are going to draw on last year's loss to the Patriots, which ended their surprising 3-0 start and triggered a five-game losing skid. Northern needs to be aware of the Warriors' hunger for revenge, along with Chopticon looming next week, to avoid a letdown.

THOMAS STONE (2-2) AT CHOPTICON (4-0)

When: 7 p.m., tomorrow.

Last week: Thomas Stone defeated La Plata, 54-0. Chopticon defeated Lackey, 22-18.

Last meeting: Thomas Stone won 33-6, on Oct. 1, 2004.

Outlook: Chopticon's stunning run will get tested again over the next two weeks -- against Thomas Stone and Northern. The good thing for the Braves is that they can ride the momentum of the first month of the season into those games before ending the regular season against Leonardtown, Calvert, La Plata and Great Mills. Which Thomas Stone team will show up? Will it be the one whose offense sputtered to one touchdown apiece against Northern and McDonough, or the one that new senior quarterback David Brunson led to seven scores last week against La Plata?

WESTLAKE (4-0) AT CALVERT (1-3)

When: 7 p.m., tomorrow.

Last week: Westlake defeated McDonough, 39-14. Calvert lost to Patuxent, 45-29.

Last meeting: Westlake won, 41-0, on Sept. 18, 2004

Outlook: The problem for Westlake from here on is going to be staying focused. The Wolverines have victories over Northern, Lackey and McDonough. They do not play Chopticon and will be expected to win every game easily the rest of the season. The challenge for their opponents -- which one feels confident enough to pull the upset?

-- ALAN GOLDENBACH