Longtime Springbrook football coach Bob Milloy has all the confidence in the world in his two-time defending Maryland state Class 4A championship team, but admits he is ecstatic his top-ranked, 10-0 team cannot meet either No. 3 Oxon Hill (10-0) or No. 9 Seneca Valley (9-1) until the championship game.

Of course, Milloy isn't looking past his team's state quarterfinal game against visiting Severna Park (7-2) on Saturday, but he said the team should advance to the state final if it plays to its capabilities.

"The eight best in the state are playing, but I think everyone realizes how tough Oxon Hill and Seneca Valley are," said Milloy, who has won six state titles and been runner-up twice. "Should we win two games, we would only have to play one {assuming Oxon Hill and Seneca Valley meet in a semifinal game}. Right now, I'm worried about stopping Severna Park's running game. Some weeks our offense has been sharp, other weeks the defense has played well. I don't know which Springbrook team will show up."

Of late, the Blue Devils defense has been on center stage. Springbrook yielded only nine yards in an 18-0 victory over Churchill last week and has three shutouts in its last four games.

Although both teams look very formidable on paper, Oxon Hill and Seneca Valley will have to play well to earn that semifinal meeting. The Screaming Eagles -- whose lone loss was to Springbrook, 16-13 -- play at Randallstown (10-0) tonight at Catonsville Community College. On Saturday Oxon Hill plays host to a Prince George's County foe, No. 16 High Point (8-2).

Oxon Hill has yielded only 29 points and has six shutouts. The Clippers, a perennial playoff contender, score an average of 29.6 points per game.

In the other quarterfinal game, No. 13 Wootton, enjoying the finest season in the school's history, plays at No. 19 Old Mill (9-1).

No. 10 Northern (10-0), which has won 30 of its last 34 games and been eliminated in the Class 3A state semifinals the last two years, takes on visiting North Hagerstown (8-2) tonight.

Laurel, which won its first eight games before its offense went sour, plays a tough Oakland Mills team (9-1) on Saturday. Laurel has scored only two touchdowns in its last four games, none in the last two.

McDonough (9-1), a 39-0 loser to SMAC foe Northern, takes a five-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Bladensburg (8-2).

In 2A action Saturday, Wilde Lake has been the most impressive team. Tailback Raphael Wall and safety Ricky Rowe have been consistent all season and the Wildcats have steamrolled their 10 foes by a combined 355-31. Wilde Lake, a loser in the state final last year, plays host to Chesapeake of Baltimore County (9-1).

Damascus, which earned the eighth and final berth by the slimmest of margins, has a tough 2A match when it travels to Fort Hill (10-0) tonight.

In Virginia AAA Northern Region semifinal play, No. 2-ranked Northern District winner T.C. Williams (10-0), looking very much like the '87 state champion, plays host to Great Falls District co-winner Madison (6-4) in a Division 6 game Saturday. Madison, in the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, will have to find a way to solve a tenacious, aggressive Titans defense that has allowed only 50 points and recorded four shutouts.

No. 6 Annandale (9-1) will once again try to spring tailback James Milliner and its high-scoring offense on visiting Herndon (7-3) tonight. The Atoms are hoping for a rematch against T.C. Williams, which defeated them, 28-14.

In a Division 5 semifinal, No. 12 West Potomac (8-2) can't help but be a bit overconfident against visiting Edison (5-5). The Eagles were overwhelmed by West Potomac this year, 53-0.

Andre Yates, the area's top rusher with 1,995 yards and 24 touchdowns, leads No. 17 Yorktown against visiting Hayfield (7-3) tonight in the other Division 5 semifinal.

In a Northwest Region semifinal, Gar-Field (8-2) plays at Woodbridge (6-4), a rematch of last week's 30-0 Gar-Field victory in a Commonwealth District game.