Long Reach at Glenelg
7 p.m. tomorrow
Glenelg has the county's most potent offense, and Long Reach features one of the league's best defenses.
Glenelg, a 2A school, is leading the West Region in playoff points and can secure home field advantage throughout the region tournament by winning its final three games. Long Reach, a 3A school, is battling Bel Air, Annapolis, Severna Park and North Harford -- all 5-1 -- and 6-0 River Hill for four playoff spots.
"I told our guys the other day: 'The only way we can definitely get in the playoffs is if we win the rest of our games,' " Long Reach Coach Pete Hughes said. "We know Glenelg is going to run the ball right at us, and we have to be able to stop it if we're going to have a chance to beat them."
Long Reach defeated Glenelg, 42-33, last season by rallying from a 20-0 deficit in the second quarter and scoring 28 unanswered points in the second half. The loss prevented Glenelg from winning its fourth consecutive county title.
Both teams return key players. Long Reach will look to running backs Josh Brown and Keith Richardson, and Glenelg will rely on Trey Crayton and Blake Mullinix in a rushing attack that averages more than 300 yards per game.
"I know everyone on our team remembers what happened the last time we played Long Reach," Crayton said. "We don't want to have to feel that way again."