When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: Calvert defeated Northern, 35-14. Chopticon's game at Leonardtown was postponed until Tuesday.

Last meeting: Chopticon won, 22-0, on Oct. 8, 2004.

Outlook: While Northern's loss might have restored some confidence to Chopticon's playoff hopes, the Braves were dealt another blow Friday when their game at Leonardtown was postponed less than four hours before kickoff. It will be made up Tuesday, which means the Braves will play three games in eight days. They need to win all three to stay in contention. Plus, Chopticon will begin that stretch having not played for two weeks. The last time they did, the Braves lost their second straight game, 20-0, at Northern.

LA PLATA (2-5) AT LACKEY (5-2)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: La Plata lost to McDonough, 52-28. Lackey defeated Thomas Stone, 38-23.

Last meeting: Lackey won, 48-0, on Oct. 8, 2004.

Outlook: Lackey is La Plata's fifth straight opponent in the middle of a playoff hunt, and the Warriors have not been able to stop any of them. Lackey's confidence is at a season high, following a stirring second-half comeback at Thomas Stone. Will the Chargers, however, keep their focus and not look ahead to next week's showdown at Northern, which will likely eliminate one of those teams from the playoff hunt? Lackey has been susceptible to the pass at times this season, and La Plata sophomore Ross Hunsberger had season highs of nine completions and 183 yards last week.


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: Northern lost to Calvert, 35-14. Great Mills lost to Westlake, 32-8.

Last meeting: Northern won, 54-35, on Oct. 22, 2004.

Outlook: Northern did not score on two chances inside Calvert's 10-yard line last week, and then the Patriots were just overwhelmed in the fourth quarter by the more physical Cavaliers. Northern's defense, which allowed 12 points in the previous five games, now appears vulnerable, especially in the air, where the Patriots allowed Calvert two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. Cody Kohn has thrown for at least 240 yards four times this season. And each time, Great Mills has scored at least 22 points.


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: Patuxent defeated Huntingtown, 27-6. McDonough defeated La Plata, 52-28.

Last meeting: McDonough won, 34-33, on Sept. 25, 2004.

Outlook: These are two of the five teams in the 2A South Region with winning records. A McDonough victory would virtually assure the Rams of reaching the playoffs for the second straight season, because they would be two games ahead of the region's fifth-place team with two games to play. Patuxent only had three days to rest from its victory over Huntingtown. If the ground isn't wet, look for two of the conference's best athletes -- McDonough's A.J. Wallace and Patuxent's Robert McClain -- to run wild.


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: Thomas Stone lost to Lackey, 38-23. Leonardtown's game against Chopticon was postponed until Nov. 1.

Last meeting: Thomas Stone won, 28-6, on Sept. 3, 2004.

Outlook: Luckily for Thomas Stone, last week's loss has not hurt the Cougars yet. In fact, Thomas Stone is one of three teams in Maryland 4A East with three losses, and there are only two teams with better records -- Old Mill and Arundel. As long as Thomas Stone wins two of its final three games -- against Leonardtown, Great Mills and Westlake -- the Cougars should return to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Thomas Stone needs to sustain a better running attack for a full game; in the second half last week, the Cougars rushed 13 times for minus-11 yards, after gaining 91 on 23 first-half carries.


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: Westlake defeated Great Mills, 32-8. Huntingtown lost to Patuxent, 27-6.

Last meeting: Westlake won, 42-0, on Oct. 8, 2004.

Outlook: Westlake running back Aaris Reed was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Wednesday to determine the extent of the right-knee injury he suffered in Friday's game. In the best-case scenario, the North Carolina-bound Reed will likely miss the rest of the regular season. If surgery is needed, he will be done for the playoffs, as well.