Maryland 2A defending champion Potomac had a new player on the field last week, one who was difficult to miss as he stood a helmet taller than most of his teammates. Senior Bobby Shannon, a 6-foot-5-inch, second-team All-Met basketball player, made his football debut, catching two touchdown passes in a 21-7 victory over Archbishop Curley. . . .

Eleanor Roosevelt quarterback Nico Scott is expected to be out at least two more weeks because of a broken hand, meaning he will miss tomorrow's regular season finale against No. 16 C.H. Flowers. Both teams have clinched spots in the 4A South playoffs. . . .

Fifth-ranked Douglass will retire the jersey of Shawne Merriman tomorrow. An All-Met linebacker in 2001 now in his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers, Merriman has donated $12,000 to the Upper Marlboro school. . . .

St. Albans enters its final game against Landon tomorrow with a chance to split the Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship. The Bulldogs (4-4, 2-1) displayed a potent offense in a 42-20 victory over St. Stephen's/St. Agnes last Friday to remain in the hunt with Landon (7-2, 3-0). The Bulldogs scored five rushing touchdowns, including two by burly senior running back Thomas Muldoon, who has rushed for a team-high 603 yards on 129 carries and 11 touchdowns this season. . . .

With a win tomorrow against South River, Arundel can cement a home game in the first round of the 4A East Region playoffs, something that may have helped the past two seasons when the Seahawks lost in the first round. An Arundel win and a Severna Park loss tonight can also give the Wildcats a share of the Anne Arundel County crown, a title they haven't held since 1995.

Quarterback Kyle Sumpter has 1,870 total yards and 22 touchdowns (12 throwing) for the Wildcats.