Eastern, which handed H.D. Woodson its worst defeat in that school's seven-year history (38-0) three weeks ago, will try to do it again today when the two teams meet in an Interhigh East Division playoff at Spingarn.
The winner of the 2:45 p.m. game will face West Division champion Dunbar (8-1) for the league title Thanksgiving morning at RKF Stadium.
Eastern (5-4) appeared to have its second straight division crown in hand but was upset by Spingarn, 21-20, in the regular-season finale for both teams last week. Woodson (6-4), meanwhile, defeated Ballou, 27-6, to tie Eastern at 51 in league play and force a playoff.
"I had collected my equipment following the Ballou game," said Woodson Coach Bob Headen, who was more than willing to hand it out again and practice another week.
Eastern Coach Willie Stewart is not exactly ecstatic over facing the revenge-minded Warriors a second time.
"Woodson didn't play well the first time," said Stewart."I've had my spies out and they tell me that Woodson's practices have been sharp. They won't be out to lunch this time. They have new life."
Eastern, getting excellent performances from quarterback Darryl Lindsay, split end Mike Martin and linebacker Kevin Minor, took Woodson apart. The Ramblers totaled nearly 400 yards on offense while shutting down running back Anthony James and the rest of the Woodson attack.
"We didn't blitz once that game. We stopped them the first time and we'll have to do it again," said Stewart. "We won't change anything. We'll come out throwing again."
Prince George's AA champion Crossland (8-2) is hoping to go a little farther than it did last year when it meets Annapolis (10-0) in a Maryland State semifinal game at 7:30 tonight at Severna Park.
Oakland Mills (10-0) faces Allegany (9-1) in a Maryland State Class B semifinal game at South Hagerstown at 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Mills, the highest-scoring team in the area witha 37.9 average, is led by slick quarterback Chet Gee and tailback Dudley Redding. (18 touchdowns).
Crossland, which won the county title on the final day of the regular season, suffered a quick exit last year, losing to Woodlawn, 14-8. First-year Coach Larry Layman has reason to believe his team will be tougher this time with the development of linebacker/tailback Eddie Holland, quarterback Greg Hill and split end Alan Sadler.