1. Parkdale's Production
During its seven-game winning streak, Parkdale has scored at least 20 points each game and has averaged 30 points per outing. The Panthers' lowest point total came last week in their 20-13 victory over Damascus in a Maryland 4A semifinal. Meantime, Sherwood's opponents have managed just 7.1 points per game. During the past two seasons, Parkdale is 16-1 when it scores in double figures, 10-0 when WR Markus McFadden catches a touchdown pass and 9-0 when RB Kevin Beverly (2,167 rushing yards this season) runs for two touchdowns or more.
2. Sherwood's Rushing Game
The Warriors' senior RB duo, Romeje Richards and Josh Twyman, has averaged 185.1 rushing yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game this season. In Sherwood's lone defeat, a 13-10 setback to Gaithersburg on Nov. 4, Richards and Twyman combined for 131 yards and a touchdown, their third-lowest output of the season. Only one of Parkdale's opponents has rushed for more than 150 yards -- Suitland, with 245 in a 13-6 victory on Sept. 28.
3. Special Teams
The biggest discrepancy between the two teams is the kicking game, which could prove to be a big Sherwood advantage in a close game. Warriors junior PK Clayton Mollenhoff has made 2 of 3 field goal attempts this season -- highlighted by a 40-yarder in the team's regular season loss to Gaithersburg -- and 33 of 39 extra points. The Panthers have made 1 of 4 field goal attempts and 6 of 14 extra point attempts. The latter has forced Parkdale to attempt 27 two-point conversions, converting 14.
-- Jon Gallo