When: 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Last week: Great Mills lost to Northern, 40-6. Thomas Stone defeated Leonardtown, 34-0.

Last meeting: Thomas Stone won, 33-7, on Sept. 10, 2004.

Outlook: In perhaps its most important game of the season, Thomas Stone showed that a tough loss would not derail its playoff hopes for the second straight season. The Cougars bounced back from a loss the previous week to Lackey behind the play of quarterback David Brunson (128 yards rushing, 120 yards passing). Brunson became the first Southern Maryland Athletic Conference player to surpass the century mark in both rushing and passing this season. The Cougars are one of only three teams in the Maryland 4A East region with a winning record. A victory this week, coupled with a North County loss to Annapolis, would clinch a playoff spot for Thomas Stone. Cougars running back/defensive back Patrick Swearinger might return after missing last week's game with a sore ankle.


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Last week: La Plata lost to Lackey, 40-6. Chopticon lost to Calvert, 28-20 and defeated Leonardtown, 37-0.

Last meeting: La Plata won, 19-18, on Sept. 3, 2004.

Outlook: This season hasn't gone as planned for La Plata, as several underclassmen have been thrust into critical roles. But after five straight losses to teams on the verge of making the playoffs, the Warriors might finally catch a break with a reeling Chopticon. The Braves haven't been the same since their Oct. 7 game against Thomas Stone was postponed. They played twice in five days and lost both. Then their game against Leonardtown was postponed, and the Braves were rusty last week after a 14-day layoff.


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Last week: Lackey defeated La Plata, 40-6. Northern defeated Great Mills, 40-6.

Last meeting: Lackey won, 35-0, on Oct. 1, 2004.

Outlook: This game will put the winner comfortably in position to make the Maryland 3A South playoffs, but it won't be a guarantee. If this week's winner loses next week, it could get passed in the point standings, though that hinges on several other outcomes. Look for Northern to follow Lackey's game plan from their memorable regional semifinal playoff game in 2003 -- run between the hash marks and eat up the clock to keep the ball out of Lackey's capable passing game. Chargers quarterback Aaron Smith has thrown for three touchdowns in each of his past three games.


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Last week: Leonardtown lost to Thomas Stone, 34-0, and to Chopticon, 37-0. Huntingtown lost to Westlake, 27-0.

Last meeting: Huntingtown won, 21-0, on Oct. 1, 2004.

Outlook: This will be the bright spot for one team's long season, and the low point for the other's. Leonardtown will be tired, having played three nights earlier against Chopticon in a rescheduled game. Huntingtown needs the victory to lift morale and to propel it into its season finale against arch rival Calvert, from which many of its players and coaches transferred.


When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Last week: McDonough defeated Patuxent, 51-33. Calvert defeated Chopticon, 28-20.

Last meeting: McDonough won, 41-7, on Oct. 1, 2004.

Outlook: With a loss by Glenelg, McDonough vaulted into the top spot in the Maryland 2A South Region and can get home field advantage through the regional playoffs with victories over Calvert and Lackey in its final two games. The Rams haven't beaten those teams in the same season in the past 10 years. Calvert, which is the only team to keep Northern's A.J. Brown out of the end zone and held him more than 40 yards below his season average, gets to face another A.J. -- McDonough's Wallace, who has rushed for 704 yards and 10 touchdowns the past two weeks.


7 p.m. tomorrow

Last week: Westlake defeated Huntingtown, 27-0. Patuxent lost to McDonough, 51-33.

Last meeting: Westlake won, 31-24, on Sept. 10, 2004.

Outlook: Patuxent entered the final three games knowing it needed to win at least two to have a playoff shot, and after its loss to McDonough, the Panthers have no margin for error. Robert McClain returned his fifth kickoff for a touchdown in last week's loss. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national single-season record for kickoff returns for touchdowns is six, shared by two players. A few dropped passes hurt junior quarterback Adam Colvin last week, but he still threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Provided there are no upsets the rest of the way and Westlake and Gwynn Park both finish 10-0, Gwynn Park probably will get the top seed in the Maryland 3A South playoffs because of power points.