Glenelg at Wilde Lake
7 p.m., Friday
Glenelg could take a major step toward its sixth consecutive playoff berth. Wilde Lake, meantime, must win to remain in playoff contention.
Glenelg, a 2A school that is leading the West Region in playoff points, is in position to earn home field advantage throughout the region tournament. Wilde Lake, a 3A school in the East Region, will probably make the playoffs only if it wins the rest of its games and several other teams lose at least once.
"Wilde Lake is one of our biggest rivals," Glenelg senior linebacker Stephen Bullard said. "If we can win all of our games and play at home in the playoffs, that will be a big advantage for us."
Glenelg has won the past three meetings, including a dramatic 37-34 victory last year. Glenelg trailed by four points with 18 seconds remaining, but Evan Kay blocked a punt and the Gladiators recovered on the two-yard line. On the next play, Justin Field threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Blake Mullinix.
"We remember last year because it was such a tough way to lose," said Wilde Lake senior running back Jarad Flagg. "Every game for us is like a playoff game because we have to win."