Coolidge at Wilson

Today, 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: The race for the four playoff spots in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association gets underway today with a West Division opener for two teams that can ill afford a loss before facing defending DCIAA champion and West powerhouse Dunbar. Wilson (3-2) enters with a well-balanced offense behind RB Nananda Holmes (52 carries for 294 yards and five touchdowns) and junior QB Jeffrey Brooks (16-of-35 passing, 352 yards, three touchdowns). Coolidge (3-2) is bidding for a second consecutive playoff berth with a solid running attack led by Dwan Thornton (47 carries for 520 yards and seven touchdowns) and Wayne Ouzts (23 carries for 316 yards and six touchdowns).


River Hill at Wilde Lake

Today, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Two-time defending county champion River Hill (4-0, 4-0) looks to remain tied atop the standings with Glenelg, with Wilde Lake (3-1, 2-1) needing to defeat River Hill to remain in contention in the race for a Maryland 3A East Region playoff berth. Before River Hill defeated Wilde Lake, 21-7, last year, the previous five meetings had been decided by an average of 4.6 points, with Wilde Lake winning four times.


Tuscarora at

No. 10 Urbana

Today, 7 p.m.

Outlook: In a Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Division game, Tuscarora (4-0, 1-0), in its second varsity season, looks to solidify its place atop the standings by defeating Urbana (3-1, 0-1). Urbana, which allowed just six points in its first three games, couldn't stop Westminster QB Kevin Clancy, who threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more in a 27-25 victory last week. Last year, Urbana defeated Tuscarora, 70-0.


Potomac (Md.)

at Friendly

Today, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Maryland 2A defending champion Potomac (4-0, 3-0) enters with an 18-game winning streak, but this will be the Wolverines' first test after outscoring their first four opponents by a combined 138-21. Junior QB Joe Haden, a three-year starter, has passed for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns for Friendly (3-1, 2-1).


No. 5 Gwynn Park

at No. 14 Suitland

Tomorrow, 3 p.m.

Outlook: Maryland 4A defending champion Suitland expects LB Navorro Bowman to return after missing two games because of a bruised right shoulder. He will be needed as the Rams (3-1) try to slow an opponent averaging 30 points per game. Gwynn Park, which plays in the county's 3A/2A league, is 4-0.

Compiled by Josh Bar, Judith Evans and Jon Gallo.