McNamara (6-4) vs. No. 3 DeMatha (9-0-1)
Kickoff: Today, 1:30, Parkdale.
The stakes: A berth in the WCAC title game.
Outlook: McNamara lost to the defending conference champion, 34-8, earlier this season. The Mustangs are led by senior 6-foot-3, 285-pound OT-DT Jamal Crowder and OG-DT Hakim Carroll (6-2, 270). WRs Durrell Koon and Mike Warfield have combined to catch 79 passes. Koon also has seven interceptions as a DB.
DeMatha junior RB Anthony Riley (1,835 yards rushing, 23 TDs) runs behind a line that averages more than 260 pounds per player.
Paul VI (8-2-1) at No. 10 Gonzaga (8-1-1)
Kickoff: Today, 1.
Outlook: Teams played to a scoreless tie in the regular season. Paul VI QB Colin Hannigan has thrown for 1,603 yards and 16 touchdowns. The team's only losses were to No. 3 DeMatha and No. 6 Fairfax.
Gonzaga has yielded an area-low 33 points this season, with six shutouts. It also has shut out Paul VI in the team's past three meetings.
-- Christian Swezey
Benedictine-Richmond (6-5) at St. Stephen's/SA (6-3).
Kickoff: Today, noon.
Outlook: A Virginia Independent School Football Association Division III semifinal. St. Stephen's/SA is led by RB Sean Washington, who has rushed for 1,564 yards and 23 TDs. His 139 points scored this season are fourth-highest in the Washington area. Benedictine counters with Steven McDonnough, who has rushed for 1,099 yards and 13 TDs, and QB Patrick Dosh (1,440 yards, 14 TDs and 12 INTS). St. Stephen's QB Billy Schweitzer has thrown for 882 yards, 5 TDs and 3 INTs.
Wilson (3-8) vs. Eastern (8-3)
Kickoff: Today, 11 a.m., Cardozo.
The stakes: A berth in the Turkey Bowl (the DCIAA championship game).
Outlook: Despite a losing overall record, Wilson managed three victories when it mattered most -- against the DCIAA West, in which it finished 3-1. Eastern has been strong all season and finished 5-0 in the DCIAA for the second straight season en route to capturing the East title.
Wilson senior QB Avery Bowden leads the league in passing (1,950 yards, 25 touchdowns and 8 interceptions). Eastern is led by senior RB Lawrence Wade (1,856 yards, 22 TDs), the leading rusher among D.C. public schools.
-- Tarik El-Bashir
Dunbar (6-3-1) vs. H.D. Woodson (8-1)
Kickoff: Today, 2, Cardozo.
Outlook: If defending DCIAA champion Dunbar is to return to the Turkey Bowl, it will need strong play from its secondary -- led by FS Marcus Wimbush, the league's leader with eight interceptions.
Offensively, Dunbar is led by senior QB Michael Coles (779 yards, 12 TDs, two INTs). His favorite targets are WRs Steven Savoy, Darrell Dowery and Ronald Mitchell, who have combined for 103 catches. H.D. Woodson relies on a strong ground game, led by senior RB Keon Coleman (1,693 yards, 15 TDs).
-- Jon Gallo