Theodore Roosevelt at Ballou
Outlook: The outcome may come down to which defense can stop the run in this D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Conference nondivision game. Senior RB Jelani Walker has rushed for 442 yards and five touchdowns on 38 carries for Roosevelt (1-2). Against Cardozo, seniors Lecount Fantroy and Jachin Leatherman rushed for a combined 256 yards for Ballou (1-2) last week.
Long Reach at Wilde Lake
Outlook: After beating Wilde Lake, 17-14, on a field goal with 46 seconds remaining last year, Long Reach looks to post consecutive victories over the Wildecats for the first time. The game features two of Howard County's top running backs in Long Reach junior Keith Richardson and Wilde Lake senior Jarad Flagg. Each rushed for more than 100 yards last week in season-opening wins.
Northwest at No. 13 Seneca Valley
Outlook: If the seventh annual battle for the King's Trophy is half as good as last season, when the teams combined for 1,025 yards of offense during Seneca Valley's 36-35 win, this should be an entertaining game. Two new quarterbacks -- Northwest's Josh Volpe and Seneca Valley's Antonio Jones -- had strong debuts as both teams won their openers last week. Northwest topped Churchill, 37-7. Seneca Valley defeated Wheaton, 35-7. The teams no longer are in the same classification, with Northwest moving up from Class 3A to 4A this year, so playoff implications are lessened.
Georgetown Prep at
No. 8 Good Counsel
Outlook: The Falcons (1-1) will try to bounce back after last week's home loss to No. 1 Robinson. They face another potent offense in the Little Hoyas, who have rolled to a 2-0 mark behind RBs Marcus Dowtin (239 yards) and Chase Williams (220). In the past five years, the average score of the Prep-Good Counsel game has been 34-7, with no game being decided by fewer than 19 points. Prep won in 2000-02; Good Counsel has won the last two years.
Paul VI Catholic at Bullis
Outlook: A matchup pitting a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference team (Paul VI) against an Interstate Athletic Conference team (Bullis); both are off to fast starts. The key will be QB D.J. Mangas (nearly 500 yards passing in Paul VI's 2-0 start) against a Bullis defense that had four interceptions in its season-opening victory. Marcus Dorsey had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. This will be the first game on the artificial turf in Bullis's renovated Alumni Stadium.
Compiled by Josh Barr, Judith Evans, Jon Gallo and Andrew Levine