With the regular season entering its final week, the Southern Maryland football playoff picture is starting to show some clarity. Four teams from each of the state's 16 regions will be in the postseason when it starts Nov. 18. Coaches, players, parents and fans no doubt are crunching the numbers to see whether their team can make the playoffs. Here is a look at the SMAC hopefuls and other teams:
Who's in: Old Mill, Arundel, Thomas Stone.
Who's in with a win: North County.
Who needs help: South River, Broadneck.
The skinny: Old Mill will clinch the top seed with a victory over Glen Burnie or if Arundel loses to South River. The best scenario for South River or Broadneck is to win and have North County lose to Meade.
Who's in: Gwynn Park, Westlake, Friendly, Lackey.
The skinny: Last weekend's results went a long way toward shaping the region. Because Westlake lost to Patuxent, Gwynn Park is assured the top seed. Westlake and Friendly are likely to meet in the first round, but if either loses, Lackey could move up from the fourth seed. Lackey earned its playoff berth by beating Northern.
Who's in: No one.
Who's in with a win: McDonough, Potomac, Atholton.
Who needs help: Glenelg, Patuxent, Reservoir.
The skinny: This is one of the most jumbled regions in the state, with three teams within two points of one another in the race for the top seed. Defending state champion Potomac probably needs to beat Forestville to qualify for the playoffs. Glenelg plays a nine-game schedule and is idle next week, but the Gladiators probably will make the playoffs no matter what.
-- JOSH BARR