Montgomery 4A West

Gaithersburg at Northwest

Tonight, 6:30

Outlook: A 3-0 start has helped erase the memories of last season for Gaithersburg, when it missed the playoffs for the first time since 1996. Now the Trojans -- who have worn down opponents with their backfield depth -- will have an idea where they stand after facing the Jaguars (2-1), whose only blemish is a 14-7 defeat to No. 12 Seneca Valley. Both teams are 2-0 in the 4A West.

MVAL

No. 4 Urbana at Westminster

Tonight, 7

Outlook: Expect plenty of points to be scored in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Division opener. Urbana (3-0) averages 43.6 points per game and has allowed just six points all season. Westminster (3-0) averages 46 points per game, and a victory would be a major step in making the playoffs for the first time in 24 years.

Anne Arundel

Broadneck at Old Mill

Tonight, 7:15

Outlook: Broadneck (2-1) has dominated the Anne Arundel league in recent years, but lost to Arundel last week, 34-13. Now the Bruins will try to bounce back against a 3-0 Old Mill team that's in position to claim the county crown. Broadneck has beaten Old Mill seven consecutive times and was responsible for Old Mill's only two losses last season, including a 27-24 playoff loss in double overtime.

Howard

Reservoir at Glenelg

Tonight, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Glenelg (3-0, 3-0) averages 53 points per game -- second-most in the area behind Centreville (58.2). The Gladiators feature a rushing attack that averages 385.6 yards per game, led by senior RB Trey Crayton (30 carries for 404 yards, eight TDs). Reservoir (2-1, 2-1) defeated Mount Hebron last week, 38-28. The Gators feature senior QB Matt Barbusca (299 yards passing, two TDs) and senior RB Travis Davis (26-195, two TDs).

IAC

St. Albans at Bullis

Tonight, 7:30

Outlook: The St. Albans defense -- anchored by senior LB Michael Black (team-high 44 tackles) and senior DEs Paul Jasinowski and Mike Lemmons (two sacks each) -- will face a rampant ground attack led by Bullis junior QB Joe Lefeged (24 carries for 192 yards) and senior RB Marcus Dorsey (20 carries for 305 yards) in the Interstate Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Bullis (3-0) is averaging 45 points per game; St. Albans (1-2) suffered two losses by a combined eight points.

Compiled by Judith Evans, Jon Gallo, Andrew Levine and Daniel Lyght