No. 6 Damascus at
No. 20 Quince Orchard
Outlook: Quince Orchard is off to a 5-0 start thanks in large part to its defense, which has conceded 28 total points and no more than one touchdown each game. But the Cougars will have their toughest test to date in this Montgomery Country nonleague game against defending Maryland 4A champion Damascus (4-1). The Swarmin' Hornets had their nine-game winning streak snapped by Northwest last week.
Linganore at Frederick
Outlook: Linganore (3-2, 3-0) is the defending 3A state champion, but with two losses under its belt -- against No. 6 Damascus and strong California team Bonita Vista -- the Lancers cannot afford many more stumbles. RB-LB Matt Castor has rushed for 946 yards and 14 touchdowns. Frederick (5-0, 3-0) is unbeaten, sparked by RB Bruce Dorsey and QB Cory Rhodes, but the Cadets are at a pivotal two-game stretch against the Lancers and No. 11 Urbana.
No. 14 Suitland at Largo
Outlook: Largo, seeking its first playoff berth since 1995, relies heavily on RB Charlie Rivers, who has rushed for 864 yards on 84 carries for the Lions (3-2, 2-2 Prince George's 4A). LB Navorro Bowman leads the defense for Suitland (5-0, 4-0); the Rams have yielded only three touchdowns this season but have struggled offensively in their last two games. Suitland assistant coach Eric Wade was Largo's head coach the previous five seasons.
Theodore Roosevelt at
Outlook: Theodore Roosevelt (4-2) has put up impressive offensive numbers -- averaging nearly 40 points per game. But the Rough Riders' attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001 begins in earnest today against D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association West Division foe Cardozo. The Clerks (3-2) will have to find a way to stop RBs Charles Wallace (724 yards, 10 TDs) and Jelani Walker (284 yards, 3 TDs). Expect the Rough Riders to blitz in an attempt to disrupt Clerks QB Marcellus Moore, who has thrown for four touchdowns and rushed for four.
St. John's vs.
No. 1 DeMatha
Tomorrow at Parkdale, 2:30
Outlook: DeMatha's 16-game winning streak will be tested by the Cadets, who have won three in a row since losing to Downington (Pa.) on Sept. 11. Although the Stags (4-0, 2-0) will again be without RB Anthony Wiseman (sprained knee), they still have a deep backfield that includes Jeff Allen (541 yards, 5 TDs). The Cadets (4-1, 2-0) will counter with highly touted LB Rico McCoy and DE Kevin Maroney (seven sacks).
Compiled by Josh Barr, Tarik El-Bashir, Judith Evans, Sean P. Flynn and Jake Schaller