Bowie has clinched its first winning season since its Maryland 4A title run in 2001, but the Bulldogs probably need to beat either Eleanor Roosevelt tomorrow or Suitland next week to return to the postseason. Bowie has not beaten either of those teams since 2001, losing six games by an average margin of 28.7 points. Eleanor Roosevelt has shut out four of its past five opponents. . . .
Georgetown Prep junior QB Sean Donoghue turned in a stellar performance during his first start last Saturday against St. Albans, replacing injured senior Andrew Aldrich, who strained ligaments in his knee two weeks ago against Mount St. Joseph. Donoghue completed 8 of 14 passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Little Hoyas (6-2, 2-2) to a 34-14 victory over the Bulldogs. A week earlier against Mount St. Joseph, he entered the game after the Little Hoyas' first offensive series and completed 5 of 11 passes for 115 yards during a 15-10 victory in a crucial MIAA-A conference game. . . .
Despite being 7-1, River Hill's players know the only way they can make a third consecutive trip to the Maryland 3A East Region playoffs is to win their final two games -- beginning with tonight's home game against Mount Hebron (5-3) -- and for either Long Reach (7-1), North Harford (7-1) or Annapolis (6-2) to lose once.
"Now every game from here on out is a playoff game, because it's pretty much do-or-die," said River Hill junior TE-LB Greg Nowak. "We know we can't lose another game if we want to make it to the playoffs."