M&T Bank Stadium
When Potomac has the ball: Maryland 2A defending champion Wolverines struggled to pass the ball in cold weather last week, failing to complete a pass in a 14-7 semifinal victory over Joppatowne. Not being able to throw was not much of an impediment for Potomac, however, as it simply turned to running backs Antoinial Coles and Adrian McLeod. Coles has terrific speed, shown in his 67-yard touchdown run -- untouched up the middle -- against Joppatowne. McLeod is more of a bruiser and likes to run over defenders, not around them. Although the passing game has struggled, look for Potomac to try to throw deep to 6-foot-4 basketball player Bobby Shannon, who has a team-high seven touchdown catches in five games since joining the team.
When South Carroll has the ball: The Cavaliers use a spread formation. Quarterback Jason Burns is the team leader and has thrown 12 touchdown passes this season, though he will have to be in good shape on tomorrow; Burns also is an excellent defensive back and made two interceptions in the Cavaliers' 27-18 semifinal victory over Milford Mill.
Look for Potomac to be aggressive. At linebacker, McLeod and Steven Stanback are extremely physical and get to the ball quickly. Potomac also wants to control the line of scrimmage, and 330-pound defensive tackle Deonte Monroe will play a key role.
"Our linebackers are champing at the bit to get into this one," Potomac Coach Eric Knight said.
Making their first state final appearance, the Cavaliers were 3-7 last season.
-- Josh Barr
Passing LeadersComp.-Att.-Int.Yds.TDsPotomac QB James Nickens 55-117-121,09215South Carroll QB Jason Burns 84-167-91,30212Rushing LeadersAtt.Yds.TDsPotomac RB Antoinial Coles 1791,47019South Carroll RB Ryan Hash 2061,49527Receiving LeadersRec.Yds.TDsPotomac WR Ollie Thomas 102743South Carroll WR Mike Lewis 223823