* C.H. Flowers (10-1)
at Douglass (11-0)
* When: Saturday, 1.
* Last meeting: Douglass, 12-0, on Oct. 1.
* Playoff history: Both teams are making their third consecutive regional final appearance. Flowers, still seeking its first trip to the state semifinals, has lost the past two 4A South finals. Douglass captured the 3A East title last season and is seeking to advance to the state final for the first time since 1975.
What to watch: Flowers moved the ball effectively in the middle of the field in the teams' first meeting, but was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities against Douglass's hard-hitting defense. Running back Rapheal Johnson has had an outstanding season, with 2,076 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns, but he has plenty of help in the Jaguars' wing-T offense, with Antoine Cuff, Steve Williams and Kenan Fenwick also capable of breaking big plays.
Douglass has been perhaps the Washington area's most dominant team, outscoring opponents 389 to 37; the Eagles have yet to trail this season. But Flowers gave the Eagles all they could handle earlier this season and Douglass is coming off a 13-0 victory over Suitland in which it managed just 60 yards of total offense and did not score an offensive touchdown. Expect the Eagles to try to get their option-running game back on track. Quarterback Davon Gray struggled against Suitland -- completing just 2 of 11 passes -- but played well in the regular season finale against Laurel.
* Lackey (9-2) at Gwynn Park (11-0)
* When: Saturday, 1.
* Last meeting: Gwynn Park, 14-13, on Sept. 8, 2000.
* Playoff history: Two teams that have had plenty of postseason success. Lackey has lost in the Maryland 3A title game each of the past two seasons. Gwynn Park, making its sixth consecutive playoff appearance, has never won a state title but believes it has its most talented team ever. The Yellow Jackets lost in the regional final last season and in the 2003 state semifinals.
* What to watch: Lackey advanced last week with a thrilling 21-19 victory at Friendly and is trying to continue its run through Prince George's opponents. Chargers Coach Scott Chadwick is no stranger to the county, having led Bowie to the Maryland 4A title in 2001 before leaving for Lackey. The Chargers are led by quarterback Aaron Smith. He has thrown 13 touchdown passes and just one interception during Lackey's six-game winning streak. Expect the Chargers, though, to try to maintain possession of the ball and limit Gwynn Park's scoring opportunities.
Gwynn Park might have more individual talent than any team around, giving the Yellow Jackets several ways to win. In a 14-7 semifinal victory over Westlake, they won with defense (including Troy Butler's 40-yard interception return for a touchdown) and a late touchdown pass to standout wide receiver Quintin McCree.
* Potomac (9-2) at Atholton (8-3)
* When: Friday, 7.
* Playoff history: Potomac has advanced to the Maryland 2A final each of the past two seasons, losing in overtime in 2003 before winning its first state championship in 2004. The Wolverines have plenty of big-game experience and are 2-0 against Howard County teams in the past two postseasons. Making its first playoff appearance in 20 years, Atholton earned its first-ever playoff victory, 24-19 over McDonough in the regional semifinals.
* What to watch: Potomac is versatile, with plenty of offensive weapons. Wide receiver Bobby Shannon gives quarterback James Nickens a big-play target. Running backs Antonial Coles and Adrian McLeod led a rushing attack that piled up 362 yards in a 42-21 regional semifinal victory over Glenelg. Look for the Wolverines to try to get a quick start as they did in Saturday against the Gladiators, when Ollie Thomas pulled in a 58-yard pass from Nickens on the game's opening play.
Atholton will be playing perhaps the biggest game in school history. The Raiders had won a total of four games the past four seasons and seemed headed nowhere until finishing the regular season with five consecutive victories. Running back Matt Winger has rushed for more than 100 yards in eight consecutive games.
-- JOSH BARR