Only six teams in Maryland finished the regular season undefeated -- Poolesville (Class 1A), Potomac, Md. (2A), Hereford (2A), Lackey (3A), River Hill (3A), and Gwynn Park (3A). No 4A school went undefeated -- Suitland and Broadneck both lost for the first time last weekend. The last undefeated 4A champion was Gaithersburg in 2000. . . .
Before winning six straight games to end the 2004 regular season, Richard Montgomery had lost 12 of its previous 14 games. . . .
Paint Branch won its last four games of the regular season to finish 6-4 but out of the playoffs. Three of the Panthers' four losses came to ranked teams that finished the regular season 9-1 and qualified for the playoffs -- No. 19 Churchill, No. 13 Seneca Valley and No. 14 Northwest. . . .
This is the first season since 1993 that both Gaithersburg and Sherwood have failed to reach the playoffs. . . .
Old Mill has lost in the first round of the playoffs five years in a row, a streak it will try to end tonight at 7 when it hosts Arundel. "That streak's not a monkey anymore," Old Mill Coach Mike Marcus said. "It's a gorilla." . . .
Broadneck Coach Jeff Herrick thinks that, in some ways, his team benefited from losing its first game of the season last weekend, 29-27 against Severna Park. The refocused Bruins had their best week of practice all season, Herrick said. They host Patuxent tonight at 7.