at No. 6 Damascus
Outlook: Sherwood Coach Al Thomas leads the Warriors into Damascus, where he went 59-13 and won two state titles from 1988 to 1993, for a Montgomery 4A East Division game. Sherwood (5-1, 3-0) has scored 30 or more points in its last three games but none of the teams it has beaten currently has a winning record. Damascus (5-1, 3-0) has faced just one team that has a losing record.
No. 7 Lackey
Outlook: Lackey has allowed only 97 rushing yards all season. While that's not good news for McDonough junior A.J. Wallace, who has rushed for 323 yards and scored nine touchdowns the past two weeks, it means the Rams could look to their capable passing game. Senior quarterback Cory Yates has completed passes to nine receivers including a pair of 6-foot-4 tight ends -- Nebraska recruit David Harvey and Barry Galbreath -- for whom this might their breakout game.
No. 13 Broadneck
at Old Mill
Outlook: This game between 6-0 teams will hinge on the resolution of a simple discrepancy: Patriots running back Ryan Callahan averages more than 200 yards per game; Broadneck's defense has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. The team that sticks closest to its average will be in the driver's seat for the Anne Arundel title.
at Long Reach
Outlook: In a Howard County game, Glenelg (6-0, 6-0 league) has averaged 341 rushing yards en route to scoring a league-leading 35.5 points per game. Long Reach (6-0 , 6-0) has allowed a county-low 26 points and has shutout seven of its past 10 opponents dating from last season, but has struggled to stop Glenelg. The Gladiators have won four consecutive meetings, outscoring the Lightning 112-63.
Landon at Gilman
Outlook: This contest was expected to feature the running game because both teams rely on it so heavily. But Gilman (5-1) will be without its top rusher, Sean Price, who is injured. He ran for 211 yards last week. Expect the Greyhounds to pass more behind sophomore QB Marco Simmons. But Landon (4-1) has held its opponents to only 14 total points during its four-game win streak behind a defense anchored by DTs Mike Griswold and Kyle Williams, LB Scott Smith and DBs George Huguely (4 INTs) and Adam Rashid (2 INTs). The Bears offense revolves around senior RB Andy Loomis (80 carries for 442 yards and 4 TDs), but senior QB Chris Tkac (23-for-36 passing for 382 yards, 5 TDs) has been effective and often finds his favorite target Stoddie Nibley ( 9 catches, 154 yards, 3 TDs).
Compiled by Jake Schaller, Alan Goldenbach, Eli Saslow, Jon Gallo and Judith Evans