Maryland 3A Final

Gwynn Park vs. Westminster

* When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

* Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore.

* Records: Gwynn Park 13-0; Westminster 12-1.

* Playoff history: Gwynn Park got a scare from a Howard County opponent for the third consecutive season but advanced last week with a 30-21 victory over River Hill. The Yellow Jackets will be playing in their second state final; their previous appearance was a 49-9 loss to Urbana in the Maryland 2A final in 2000.

Westminster had won only one postseason game before this season, when it won a semifinal game in 1976 and advanced to the state final in what was a four-team playoff. The Owls had home-field advantage in the 3A West and won three consecutive home games, including a 35-6 victory over City in the semifinals.

* What to watch: After rolling through the regular season, Gwynn Park has struggled with penalties in the playoffs, averaging more than 100 yards in penalties in its first three victories. The Yellow Jackets have been able to overcome these mistakes because they simply have been better than their opponents.

Gwynn Park will have advantages in size and speed. Defensively, it will be important to get a pass rush on Westminster quarterback Kevin Clancy, who has passed for more than 3,000 yards this season out of a spread formation that utilizes four wide receivers. Running back Ryan Finch has rushed for 1,237 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Owls.

Maryland 2A Final

Potomac vs. South Carroll

* When: Saturday, noon.

* Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore.

* Records: Potomac 11-2; South Carroll 10-3.

* Playoff history: Potomac is making its third consecutive championship game appearance. If not for a collapse against Aberdeen and an overtime loss in 2003, the Wolverines would be trying for their third consecutive title. As it is, Potomac is trying to become the first team from Prince George's County to win back-to-back titles.

South Carroll is making its first state final appearance. The Cavaliers were seeded third in the 2A West Region and had to win three road games to advance. No Carroll County school has ever won a state title.

* What to watch: Antoinial Coles and Adrian McLeod have been quite a tandem during the playoffs, combining to give Potomac two standout running backs and linebackers. Look for Potomac to try to keep the ball in its hands offensively. Coles has rushed for more than 100 yards in four consecutive games and after a 14-7 victory over Joppatowne in the semifinals, Joppatowne Coach Bill Waibel said Coles is the best defensive player he has coached against. While Potomac's offense gets plenty of attention, its defense has been pretty good as well, allowing just one touchdown the past two weeks.

South Carroll runs its offense out of a spread formation. Quarterback Jason Burns threw two touchdown passes in the Cavaliers' 27-18 semifinal victory over Milford Mill and also intercepted two passes on defense.


Maryland State Football Finals

At M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Class 4A

Damascus (13-0) vs. Sherwood (12-1), Fri., 7

Class 3A

Gwynn Park (13-0) vs. Wesminster (12-1), Sat., 7

Class 2A

Potomac (11-2) vs. South Carroll (10-3), Sat., noon

Class 1A

Allegany (13-0) vs. Snow Hill (12-1), Sat., 3:30