River Hill at Wilde Lake

7 p.m. tomorrow

Two-time defending county champion River Hill would take a big step toward securing a postseason berth for the third consecutive year by defeating the Wildecats, who must win this game to stay in contention for the playoffs.

"We know that's the case for us, and we know how big this game is," Wilde Lake Coach Doug DuVall said.

"Both teams know there is a lot riding on it."

Said River Hill junior tight end Greg Nowak: "With the new playoff region, I don't think that you are going to get into the playoffs with two losses. So we know this is a must-win game for Wilde Lake, and Wilde Lake is probably our biggest rival."

The teams have a history of close games. Before River Hill won 21-7 last year, the previous five meetings had been decided by an average of 4.6 points, with Wilde Lake winning four times.

"I don't think we can win the county title if we don't beat Wilde Lake," said River Hill junior quarterback Daniel Hostetler. "It's going to be one of the biggest games in the county all season."