Outlook: Showdown between Montgomery 4A West undefeateds matches Whitman (4-0, 3-0), which has not been scored upon in its last 11 quarters, against Quince Orchard(4-0, 4-0), which has scored 31.5 points per game. Whitman has won the teams' last five meetings.
Northern at No. 7 Lackey
Outlook: Lackey's four previous opponents are a combined 0-15 and have rushed for a total of 56 yards against the Chargers (4-0, 4-0 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference). Northern (3-1, 3-1) will try to drain the clock with a running game that gained 274 yards in a 50-0 victory over La Plata last week.
Wilde Lake at River Hill
Outlook: Historic night game for the two Howard County schools. River Hill (4-0, 4-0) is one victory away from its best start in school history, led by QB Ben Hostetler -- the area's only player who has thrown more than 55 passes without an interception (he's 40 of 70 for 518 yards). Wilde Lake (2-1, 2-1) leads series, 7-1.
Old Mill at Severna Park
Outlook: To stay with Old Mill (4-0, 4-0 Anne Arundel), Severna Park (3-1, 2-1) will have to control junior running back Ryan Callahan -- which no team has done so far. Through four games, Callahan has run for 804 yards, 11 touchdowns and an average of 10 yards per carry.
Falls Church at Jefferson
Outlook: Expect this game, the Virginia AAA National District opener for each team, to be wide open. Falls Church (1-2) has QB James Gannon (39 of 75 for 623 yards, 7 TDs); Jefferson (2-1) leans on QB Matt Wong (645 yards passing, 5 TDs) and WR William Averill (13 receptions for 254 yards, 3 TDs).
at West Springfield
Outlook: Both teams are 2-1, hoping to stay in the AAA Division 6 playoff picture, and dealing with key injuries. Hayfield is hoping RB-LB Larry Asante (ankle injury) can play. West Springfield QB Joey Skaff (421 yards passing) is out with a sprained shoulder; Spartans instead will rely on RB Jason Langley (406 yards, 5 TDs).
Mount Vernon at Yorktown
Outlook: Mount Vernon holds a 4-3 edge in the last seven meetings between these perennial AAA Division 5 playoff contenders from the National District. Five of those games were decided by a touchdown or less. Yorktown DEs Billy Marut and Davis Baird will have to contain RB Mario Coleman (179 yards) . Both teams are 2-1.
Osbourn at Potomac (Va.)
Outlook: Potomac improved to 2-1 with a 55-26 win over Forest Park last week, as Potomac senior QB Mike McClain threw for four touchdowns -- two shy of his 2003 season total. Osbourn (1-2) and its single-wing offense is led by sophomore Brandon Hogan (302 yards rushing, 126 passing). AAA Cedar Run District opener for both teams.
Bullis at St. Albans
Outlook: The Interstate Athletic Conference opener for both teams will feature two top running backs -- Bullis senior Marcus Roberts (320 yards, 10 TDs) and St. Albans senior Lemi Joyner (327 yards, 1 TD). Bullis (3-0) has averaged 48.7 points per game this season but has not beaten St. Albans (2-1) since 2001.
Compiled by Tarik El-Bashir, Alan Goldenbach, Jon Gallo, Eli Saslow, Jake Schaller and Preston Williams