Patterson (Balt.) at No. 6 Patuxent
Friday, 7 p.m.
At stake: A berth in the Maryland 2A final on Dec. 7 at M&T Bank Stadium
Watch for: Patuxent to open up its passing attack. The Panthers (12-0) spread the ball around effectively in their region final win over previously-unbeaten Gwynn Park. Junior quarterback Tyler Crounse has amassed 1,864 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns on 228 carries this season and another 12 touchdowns and 1,100 yards passing. Senior running back Rafiq Douglas missed the first four games of the season with a knee injury but has contributed 20 touchdowns since his return. The Panthers will need to “get him rolling a little bit and use that momentum,” Coach Steve Crounse said. Patterson’s biggest threat is running back Sherrod Hawkes. “He’s the real deal,” Crounse said. “He’s a combination of speed and power and he’s aggressive enough and fast enough.”
Skinny: Patuxent is coming off its first undefeated regular season since 2007 and will play in its first state semifinal since 2001. Neither team has ever won a state title and Patterson (10-3) is playing in its first semifinal since 2004.