No. 19 River Hill
at Mount Hebron
Outlook: Howard County's only undefeated teams meet in Ellicott City for at least a share of the county title. Mount Hebron (8-0, 7-0) last won a county title in 1982; River Hill (8-0, 7-0) was last season's co-champion.
The teams have similar styles of play and totals: Mount Hebron has rushed for 1,887 yards and 28 touchdowns; River Hill has 1,515 rushing yards and 25 scores. At quarterback, River Hill's Ben Hostetler has 891 yards and 12 touchdowns; Mount Hebron's Kyle Barnett has 733 and eight.
Landon at Bullis
Outlook: Landon, shooting for its first Interstate Athletic Conference title since 1999, faces its biggest conference test. Landon (5-2, 2-0) relies on defense, especially DE Mike Griswold and DBs Mike Huguley and Adam Rashid, and has allowed 54 points this fall. Bullis (7-0, 3-0) has senior RB Marcus Roberts (62 carries, 448 yards, 11 TDs) back from an ankle injury.
Outlook: Northwestern last week allowed more points than they had in any game in almost eight years in a 43-0 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt. Now the Wildcats (4-3, 4-3 Prince George's 4A) must contain RB Charlie Rivers, the Washington area's sixth-leading rusher with 1,422 yards for Largo (4-4, 3-4).
The winner will hold the inside track to the last playoff berth in the Maryland 4A South Region.
No. 1 Good Counsel
at St. John's
Outlook: St. John's (6-2, 4-1) can take an important step toward securing home-field advantage in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals with an upset of top-ranked Good Counsel (8-0, 5-0).
Cadets LB Rico McCoy, the team's leading tackler, and DE Kevin Maroney (121/2 sacks) must contain the Falcons' versatile attack, which is averaging 39.4 points per game behind RB Jerron Pearson (1,103 yards rushing, 23 touchdowns) and QB Reggie Gooch (54 of 84 passing for 759 yards).
Outlook: This intense annual matchup holds added significance because the Eagles (7-1, 6-1 Prince George's 3A/2A) might need a victory in order to qualify for the playoffs in the Maryland 3A East Region, which has three undefeated teams, including Gwynn Park (8-0, 7-0). Gwynn Park RBs Regis Austin, Lorenzo Dixon and Joel Ellerbe have combined for 1,614 yards and 17 TDs.
Compiled by Josh Barr, Tarik El-Bashir, Judith Evans and Jon Gallo.