NORTHERN (5-1) AT CALVERT (1-5)

When: 7 p.m. today.

Last week: Northern defeated Chopticon, 20-0. Calvert lost to Thomas Stone, 21-14.

Last meeting: Northern won, 52-7, on Oct. 29, 2004.

Outlook: Calvert sure doesn't look like a 1-5 team. The Cavaliers allowed a tie-breaking touchdown in the fourth quarter last week at Thomas Stone, had a blocked extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter of a one-point loss at La Plata and were tied with Lackey heading into the third quarter. Calvert senior Kevin Freeburger has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in three consecutive games, including last week's 80-yarder right after Thomas Stone opened the scoring in the first quarter.

CHOPTICON (4-2) AT LEONARDTOWN (0-6)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: Chopticon lost to Northern, 20-0. Leonardtown lost to McDonough, 48-6.

Last meeting: Chopticon won, 18-10, on Oct. 29, 2004.

Outlook: How will Chopticon handle the worst five-day stretch it could have imagined? The Braves went from the possibility of an undefeated regular season to suffering a pair of tough losses to Thomas Stone and Northern and now need some help to make the playoffs for the third time in school history. "Playing two physical teams in four days really took a lot out of us," Chopticon Coach Tony Lisanti said. Chopticon finishes the season against four teams that are a combined 5-19, but the Braves need to win every game and have Friendly or Northern lose at least once. Friendly does not face anyone with a winning record.

GREAT MILLS (3-3) AT WESTLAKE (6-0)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: Great Mills defeated Patuxent, 36-35. Westlake defeated La Plata, 28-14.

Last meeting: Westlake won, 47-8, on Oct. 1, 2004.

Outlook: Great Mills faced a 15-point deficit last week when it regained possession at its own 45-yard line with 1 minute 40 seconds left against Patuxent. On a fourth down, Cody Kohn hit Matt Leddy on a 24-yard touchdown pass; then he found Neal Murray on the two-point conversion. The Hornets regained possession with an onside kick, and the resulting drive ended with Kohn running it in from six yards out with no time left. Kohn hit Leddy for the two-point conversion and a stunning homecoming victory that guaranteed Great Mills its best season since going 4-6 in 1999. It'll need all that emotion this week. The Hornets have never beaten Westlake.

MCDONOUGH (4-2) AT LA PLATA (2-4)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: McDonough defeated Leonardtown, 48-6. La Plata lost to Westlake, 28-14.

Last meeting: McDonough won, 28-14, on Nov. 5, 2004.

Outlook: McDonough needs to stay focused against a physical opponent. Next week the Rams, who are tied for second in the 2A South Region, host fourth-place Patuxent, which will be playing its second game in five days. It's not apparent from their statistics, but La Plata sophomore Robert Watley and freshman Marcus Smoot have shown flashes of game-breaking potential that the Warriors will have for seasons to come.

LACKEY (4-2) AT THOMAS STONE (4-2)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: Lackey defeated Huntingtown, 49-7. Thomas Stone defeated Calvert, 21-14.

Last meeting: Lackey won, 34-6, on Oct. 22, 2004.

Outlook: Thomas Stone can probably afford to lose one more game and still make the postseason. The trouble is, the Cougars finish the regular season against undefeated Westlake. They would prefer not to have to go into that game needing a victory. Lackey, meantime, needs to win all the rest of its games, and that includes beating three teams with winning records.

PATUXENT (3-3) AT HUNTINGTOWN (0-6)

When: 7 p.m. Monday.

Last week: Patuxent lost to Great Mills, 36-35. Huntingtown lost to Lackey, 49-7.

Last meeting: Patuxent won, 27-16, on Sept. 3, 2004.

Outlook: Don't blame Robert McClain for Patuxent's loss last week. The senior surpassed 300 all-purpose yards for the third straight game, including 192 yards and four touchdowns rushing, a 65-yard return for a touchdown off the opening kickoff and an interception on defense, for good measure. The loss did not kill the Panthers' playoff hopes, but it certainly hurt them. Patuxent needs to win at least three of its final four games, and considering that the Panthers finish with McDonough (a fellow 2A South team), Westlake and Northern, that is a tall order.

-- Alan Goldenbach

Cody Kohn and Great Mills, fresh from a dramatic comeback, face undefeated Westlake.