Teams: No. 14 Thomas Stone (9-0 overall, 7-0 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference) at No. 13 Westlake (8-1, 6-1)
Kickoff: Wolverine Stadium, Waldorf, 7:30
Analysis: The winner claims the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship and the 3A South Region title. Thomas Stone is in regardless of the outcome, either as the South Region champion or as one of the at-large berths. Four-time defending SMAC champion Westlake needs a victory to be guaranteed a return trip to the postseason. Last season Westlake was ousted in the first round by Broadneck, 22-21. A loss and the Wolverines would need help to get in. Thomas Stone has not defeated Westlake in any of their four meetings, including a 21-18 decision in last season's conference championship.
But the Cougars are more balanced offensively this season. For the first time in school history, Thomas Stone had both its starting running backs rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season: All-Met RB Marcus Whalen (1,362) and Mike Finamore (1,004). Though their numbers are less gaudy, Westlake's trio of Recardo Evans, Gonzie Gray and Denis Hicks is very effective coming out of the Wolverines' Wing-T formation because of their speed. Gray (5 feet 11, 170 pounds) is the defending Maryland 3A champion in the 200 and was runner-up in the 100. Evans (5-7, 165), though he missed the regional and state track meets last spring because of a pulled hamstring, bested Gray in both events at the SMAC meet.
Notable: Thomas Stone has yielded a conference-low 62 points this season. Westlake, which won two of its games this season in overtime, has given up twice as many points, outscoring its opponents
Directions: Take Beltway to Exit 2A (Route 210/Indian Head Highway south). Take Route 210 past Livingston Road and make a left on Route 228 east. Take Route 228 for five miles into Waldorf and then make a right on Middletown Road, a narrow, curvy country road. Take Middletown Road two miles to Westlake High, which is on the left.