2A South Region
GLENELG (6-3) at POTOMAC (8-2)
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday
To the Winner: A spot in next week's region final against the winner of tomorrow's game between Atholton (7-3) and McDonough (6-4).
How Glenelg Got Here: The Gladiators won their first six games -- against teams that finished 20-40 collectively -- by an average of 34.1 points. But Glenelg lost its final three games against playoff-bound teams, getting outscored 94-36. Glenelg is making its county-record sixth consecutive playoff appearance but is 2-5 all-time in the postseason.
How Potomac Got Here: The defending 2A champion won its first four games, then lost to Gwynn Park and Friendly. It closed the regular season on a four-game winning streak. The Wolverines, who play in the Prince George's County 3A/2A league, are no strangers to postseason success because they've advanced to the state final in each of the past two years.
Potomac WR Bobby Shannon vs. Glenelg DBs
Tyler Tart and Josh Wynne and S Danny McMahon
Shannon, who was academically ineligible to play the first eight games, has made up for lost time with five catches for 114 yards and four touchdowns. A second-team All-Met basketball guard, he made a quick connection with senior quarterback James Nickens, who has completed 44 of 83 passes for 875 yards and 13 touchdowns against nine interceptions. Tart (20 tackles) and Wynne (21 tackles) are Glenelg's top cornerbacks and will look to McMahon (32 tackles, two interceptions) to help contain the passing game. During Glenelg's three-game losing streak, the team allowed four touchdown passes and an average of 34 points, and Potomac has averaged 40.7 points its past four games.
-- JON GALLO