Oxon Hill Coach Cliff Haskins has received a lot of calls this week. He's been asked one question over and over: "What do you think about Springbrook?"

"I'm getting tired of you guys asking me about Springbrook," Haskins replies, then asks in return, "What about High Point?"

Good question.

Top-ranked Springbrook (10-0) has been a nemesis to third-ranked Oxon Hill (10-0) the past two years in the Maryland Class 4A playoffs, edging the Clippers, 7-6, in the quarterfinals in 1988 and winning by a 44-6 margin in last year's semifinals.

The two might meet again this year, but Haskins is not looking too far ahead. Fifteenth-ranked High Point (8-2), which Oxon Hill hosts in the quarterfinals today at 1, put up a stalwart defensive effort before losing to the Clippers, 8-0, in the fifth week of the season.

Oxon Hill limited High Point to 51 yards, but the Eagles stopped the Clippers four times inside the 3-yard line. Since that bruising contest, High Point has pointed toward a rematch.

"I knew that we were going to play them again; I knew right after that game," said High Point's leading rusher, Milton Stone, who carried 180 times for 1,080 yards this season. "I guess our wishes came true. We've been practicing so hard that Coach {Dale Castro} has us practicing in the dark."

The seventh-seeded Eagles likely will have to survive another hard-hitting defensive game against No. 2 seed Oxon Hill if they are to advance to next week's semifinals.

"We only gave up six points on defense to them the last time {Oxon Hill had a safety}, but we felt that we didn't play aggressively enough," said Castro. "I'm sure that they are feeling pretty confident, but if we had a choice of a team to play against in the playoffs, it would be Oxon Hill. We're ready for them this time."

That is what Haskins fears. "This is going to be a tough game," he said. "It's hard playing a good team twice."

The Clippers' defense is highly touted, but High Point's defense hasn't yielded much yardage either. Senior lineman Alan Jenkins (12 sacks and 17 tackles for losses) and tackle Darryl Reid (eight sacks) have stuffed the run and cornerbacks Duane Jordan and Duane Holt have five interceptions apiece.

"If we can control both sides of the ball, we feel that we can win the game," said Jenkins.

High Point's difficult task is to get past the Clippers' senior-dominated defense -- anchored by lineman Aaron Durst and linebackers Aaron Fox, Mike Butler and Aaron Dockett -- that has five shutouts and has allowed only 29 points.

Oxon Hill's offense is led by Mark McCain, who not only runs well but blocks like a bulldozer. He also plays in the defensive backfield with Russell Thomas -- also the quarterback -- and strong safety Clayton Thompson, who led the county with nine interceptions.

"This year it's more of a team effort," Haskins said. "I said at the beginning of the season that this team was better than last year's, and we're peaking at the right time."