Teams: No. 7 Damascus (6-0) at No. 1 Seneca Valley (6-0)
Kickoff: Seneca Valley Stadium, Germantown. Tonight, 6:30
Analysis: The winner tonight likely will have the inside track on the Maryland 3A West region title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The winner also will maintain at least a share of first place in Montgomery's Class 3A division.Seneca Valley's defense has yielded 4.5 points per game -- the lowest among area Maryland public schools. But Damascus's offense averages 39.8 points per game and is directed by senior quarterback Mac Mollet (51 of 91, 977 yards, 14 touchdowns, 1 interception) and wide receiver Joe Scritchfield (25 receptions, 511 yards). That offense is potent enough that Seneca Valley Coach Terry Changuris has had senior quarterback Chris Kelley, an All-Met linebacker last season who has played little defense this year, practice at defensive end, linebacker and cornerback this week. Kelley likely will play defense tonight. He had 10 tackles and a fourth-quarter interception against Damascus in a 14-7 Seneca Valley victory in 1997 that ended the Swarmin' Hornets' 16-game winning streak. Damascus is led by senior offensive linemen Billy Burns (6 feet 4, 240 pounds) and Morgan Monoghan (6-2, 245). They will match up against a Seneca Valley front five led by senior two-year starters Clint Pitts (6-3, 215) and Damian Hall (6-5, 200). The toughest part of top-ranked Seneca Valley's schedule begins tonight. The Screamin' Eagles' first six opponents were a combined 11-25 and only Northwest -- a Class 2A team -- had a winning record. However, Seneca Valley's final four opponents are a combined 19-5, including Damascus (6-0), No. 4 Gaithersburg (6-0) and Paint Branch (5-1). This game also offers a chance for Damascus to end Seneca Valley's school-record and area-best 32-game winning streak.
Notable: Seneca Valley, the two-time defending Maryland 4A champion, has outscored its opponents 276-27. Damascus has outscored its opponents 239-51.
Directions: Take I-270 to Middlebrook Road (Exit 13B). Make a left on Crystal Rock Rd. School is on the left.