Linganore at No. 15 Northwest Maryland 3A semifinal
Outlook: A meeting of two of the state's hottest teams. Northwest (8-2) tied a school record last week with its seventh consecutive victory, a 19-7 decision over previously unbeaten Wilde Lake. The Jaguars have outscored their opponents 213-41 during their winning streak, which has included four shutouts. Linganore (9-2) routed second-seeded Dundalk last week, 52-14, for its fourth straight victory. The Lancers, under first-year coach Rick Conner, are making their first postseason appearance since 1995.
Seneca Valley at Calvert
Maryland 3A semifinal
Eighth-seeded Seneca Valley seeks its first trip back to the 3A championship since 1999. The 11-time state champion enters tonight's game having won three straight games by a combined 116-28 margin, including a 35-13 victory of top seed Annapolis in a quarterfinal last Friday. Calvert has won four straight. The Screaming Eagles are coming off their best passing game of the season -- senior Brandon Chapman completed 8 of 16 passes for 105 yards, including six for 77 yards to T.J. Changuris -- but face a defense that has made 25 interceptions, led by Jerome Brooks's eight.
Both teams rely primarily on their running games. Calvert senior Devron Wallace has rushed for 1,699 yards and 16 touchdowns, and Seneca Valley senior Justin Warren has totaled 1,570 yards and a school-record 23 touchdowns.
Middletown at Wicomico
Maryland 2A semifinal
Outlook: The Wicomico defense has yielded 3.9 points per game this season, but the Indians (10-1) will have their hands full with Middletown's standout running back, Josh Keeney. In 11 games this season, Keeney has rushed for 2,209 yards (1,976 more than the Knights' second-leading rusher) and 37 touchdowns. Keeney had a career-high 293 yards last week as Middletown (10-1) eliminated previously unbeaten Glenelg.
No. 20 Damascus
at No. 10 Parkdale
Maryland 4A semifinal
Outlook: Parkdale (9-1) is looking to advance to the state final for the first time in 27 years, and Damascus (8-2) is vying for a berth in the state final for the first time since winning the 3A championship in 1996. Since both teams have allowed their opponents to average fewer than nine points per game this season, scoring should be at a premium for Parkdale and Damascus, which enter averaging 26.9 and 20 points per game, respectively. Senior running back Kevin Beverly, who has rushed for an area-best and school-record 2,010 yards and 19 TDs, is coming off a 163-yard, three-TD performance against Suitland last week. Damascus will counter with junior running back Sean Delaney (1,077 yards, nine TDs).
Page compiled by staff writers Judith Evans and Jon Gallo and special correspondents Josh Leventhal and Jake Schaller.