Maryland 4A South Semifinals
Suitland (7-3) at Douglass (10-0)
When: Saturday, 1.
Last meeting: Douglass, 28-0, on Sept. 17.
What to watch: The Rams are likely to get a boost from All-Met LB Navorro Bowman, who was injured in the teams' first meeting but returned last week to help his squad get a victory and earn a playoff berth. The Rams could certainly use him on offense, where they have only one true threat, RB Monty Clayton. Douglass rolled through the regular season with a physical defense and a balanced offense. The Eagles use a handful of running backs with no true standout. Wide receiver Marcus Barnett could get a few deep chances as Suitland is likely to load up against the run and dare QB Davon Gray to throw.
Eleanor Roosevelt (7-3) at C.H. Flowers (9-1)
When: Saturday, 1.
Last meeting: Flowers, 28-12, last Saturday.
What to watch: The Jaguars' rushing attack. Flowers set a state public school single-game rushing record with 605 yards against Bladensburg. RB Rapheal Johnson rushed for 1,888 yards and 20 touchdowns, including a school-record 257 yards against Roosevelt last week. Roosevelt's defense could get help if Nico Scott is able to play despite his broken hand, though the injury will prevent Scott from playing QB.
Maryland 3A South Semifinals
Lackey (8-2) at Friendly (9-1)
When: Friday, 7.
What to watch: Could be a high-scoring game. Both teams have scored at least 35 points in five of their past six games. Friendly believes it has one of the most talented teams in the area, led by junior QB Joe Haden. WR Vincent Hill and RBs Rakeem Vick, Lamaar Thomas and Josh Haden give the Patriots several talented skill players. The key for the Patriots could be on the line of scrimmage, where Lackey is led by standout OL J.B. Walton. Lackey QB Aaron Smith has thrown 12 touchdown passes and just one interception in the Chargers' past five games.
Westlake (8-2) at Gwynn Park (10-0)
When: Saturday, 1.
Last meeting: Westlake, 24-12, in first round of 1996 playoffs.
What to watch: Two teams loaded with Division I-A recruits. Just two weeks ago, this game looked like a potential regional final, with both teams 8-0. While Gwynn Park finished strong, Westlake has been hit by injures and lost two straight. The Yellow Jackets enter the playoffs having outscored opponents 378 to 46, including 212-20 in their past four games. WR Quintin McCree averages only two catches per game, but is a big-play threat and his statistics might be more a reflection of how easily Gwynn Park has won. RBs William Little and Rashad Carmichael give the Yellow Jackets a change of pace; Little is big and physical, while Carmichael (committed to Virginia Tech) is faster. Defensively, T Phillip Taylor and LB Adrian Moten (Maryland) lead the way. Westlake RB Aaris Reed (North Carolina) has missed three games because of a knee injury and is supposed to be out at least one more week and RB Pha'Terrell Washington (Maryland) had only one carry last week and complained about an ankle injury. QB Mike Pegues broke a bone in his non-throwing arm on Oct. 10, missed three games and returned to the lineup for the Wolverines' losses.
Maryland 2A South Semifinals
Glenelg (6-3) at Potomac (8-2)
When: Saturday, 1
Last meeting: Potomac, 26-21, on Nov. 22, 2003 in regional final.
What to watch: Many in Prince George's County expect Potomac, though not as talented as last season, to repeat as state champions. The Wolverines are aggressive and feature experienced leaders on both sides of the ball. QB James Nickens and RB Antonial Coles lead an offense that averages 30.8 points per game. Coles has scored 17 touchdowns. Glenelg struggled into the playoffs, losing its final three games and allowing 34 points per game during the stretch. The Gladiators feature a run-oriented offense that averages 354.4 yards per game and have attempted just 21 passes all season.
DeMatha (10-1) vs. Good Counsel (8-3)
When: Sunday, 5
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Last meeting: DeMatha, 22-21, on Nov. 5.
What to watch: If game lives up to the hype, should be another classic between the bully of the block and its opponent trying to reach the top. For three quarters of the teams' regular season meeting, Good Counsel controlled the game. QB Zachary Ingle had one of his best performances, patiently finding open receivers and making good decisions. Expect the Falcons to try to get wide receiver Drew Gloster involved early, whether it is throwing deep, quick hitters or running the ball on an end around.
DeMatha has had success all season with running back Pat Mealy, but in its 22-21 win earlier this month over Good Counsel, their best offense was with QB Marc Poblador passing. WR Kenny Tate, only a sophomore, has superstar potential. He had seven catches and 134 yards against Good Counsel, using his speed to get open and his height to catch balls in coverage.
-- JOSH BARR