Five play­off games to watch this week­end

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn

CLASS 4A EAST NO. 10 BROADNECK (7-3) @ NO. 4 OLD MILL (10-0) When: Tonight, 7 Coaches: Rob Har­ris, Broadneck; Chad McCormick, Old Mill Last meet­ing: Old Mill won, 34-10, Oct. 21 Out­look: The Pa­tri­ots fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son un­de­feated for the sec­ond straight year, but they know that’s no in­di­ca­tion of play­off suc­cess. Last year, they beat the Bru­ins, 38-22, dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son and were av­er­ag­ing 47 points per game be­fore Broadneck beat them, 7-0, in the re­gion fi­nal. Old Mill is in the play­offs for the 18th straight time and aims for a third state ti­tle. The Pa­tri­ots are the only Bal­ti­more-area Class 4A team to have won the ti­tle in the past 21 years. The Bru­ins, who have never won a state ti­tle, are in the play­offs for the fourth straight time. CLASS 3A NORTH NO. 11 DUN­DALK (8-2) @ NO. 8 FRANKLIN (8-1) When: Tonight, 7 Coaches: Sean San­dora, Dun­dalk; Anthony Bur­gos, Franklin Last meet­ing: Franklin won, 33-7, last Fri­day Out­look: Two of the top teams in Bal­ti­more County face off for a sec­ond straight week, with the Owls aim­ing to turn the ta­bles on the In­di­ans for a sec­ond straight sea­son. Franklin won last year’s reg­u­lar-sea­son game, 37-18, but Dun­dalk came back to win the re­gion fi­nal and go on to the state ti­tle game for the first time in school his­tory. Be­fore that, the In­di­ans had won two straight Class 3A cham­pi­onships. Last Fri­day night, Franklin got its ini­tial re­venge in a dom­i­nant de­fen­sive per­for­mance, shut­ting out the Owls un­til the fi­nal minute of the game. CLASS 3A EAST WILDE LAKE (7-3) @ GLENELG (8-2) When: Tonight, 7 Coaches: Mike Har­ri­son, Wilde Lake; Butch Schaf­fer, Glenelg Last meet­ing: Wilde Lake won, 20-14, Sept. 16 Out­look: The Gla­di­a­tors will try to avenge their first loss to the Wilde­cats in six years. Glenelg won six of seven games af­ter that loss, in­clud­ing an up­set of Howard, which had won 32 straight Howard County games. Af­ter the win over the Gla­di­a­tors, Wilde Lake al­lowed just one op­po­nent to score more than two touch­downs. The Wilde­cats won the last of their six state ti­tles in 2010. Glenelg, which reached the state semi­fi­nals two years ago, is aim­ing for its first state ti­tle. CLASS 2A WEST MID­DLE­TOWN (8-2) @ LIB­ERTY (9-1) When: Tonight, 7 Coaches: Kevin Lynott, Mid­dle­town; Larry Luthe, Lib­erty Last meet­ing: Mid­dle­town won, 14-7, in 2008 Out­look: The Lions won their first out­right Car­roll County cham­pi­onship since 2000 with last Fri­day night’s 38-0 win over Cen­tury. Lib­erty shared the ti­tle in 2001. Now, the Lions are in the play­offs for just the fourth time in school his­tory and the sec­ond time in three years. The Knights have a rich play­off his­tory, with 22 trips to the re­gions and three state ti­tles. Their last ti­tle came in 2013 and Mid­dle­town hasn’t qual­i­fied for the play­offs the past two sea­sons. The teams have played five times in the past 11 years and though three games were de­cided by a touch­down, Lib­erty didn’t win any. CLASS 1A SOUTH FAET (5-4) VS. REGI­NALD LEWIS (10-0) When: Satur­day, 4 p.m. Where: At Poly Coaches: Do­minic Howard, FAET; El­wood Townsend, Regi­nald Lewis Last meet­ing: Lewis won, 33-12, Sept. 9 Out­look: Lewis fin­ished the first un­beaten reg­u­lar sea­son in its his­tory and has been the stingi­est team in the Bal­ti­more area this fall, al­low­ing just 24 points and shut­ting out seven op­po­nents. FAET (Friend­ship Academy of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy) had a bit of in­sight into Townsend’s sys­tem, since Howard had been his de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Dou­glass, where they also turned the pro­gram around be­fore tak­ing over these teams this fall. While Lewis’ Fal­cons are seek­ing their first play­off win in their fourth trip to the re­gion play­offs, FAET’s Griz­zlies made it to the state semi­fi­nals, where they lost, 3-0, to Havre de Grace last year. OTHER RE­GION PLAY­OFF GAMES CLASS 4A NORTH

4 Mervo (8-2) at 1 Sher­wood (10-0), tonight, 7

3 Bel Air (8-2) at 2 Howard (9-1), tonight, 7 CLASS 4A EAST

3 North Point (9-1) at 2 An­napo­lis (9-1), tonight, 7 CLASS 3A NORTH

4 North Har­ford (7-3) at 1 Mil­ford Mill (9-1), Satur­day, 1 p.m. CLASS 3A EAST

4 River Hill (6-4) at 1 Long Reach (8-2), tonight, 7 CLASS 2A NORTH

4 Over­lea (7-2) at 1 Here­ford (10-0), tonight, 7

3 Dun­bar (7-3) at 2 Ran­dall­stown (8-2), Satur­day, 1 p.m. CLASS 2A WEST

4 Cen­tury (8-2) at 1 Walk­ersville (10-0), tonight, 7 CLASS 1A SOUTH

3 Ed­mond­son (4-6) vs. 2 NAF (6-4) at Poly, Satur­day, noon kather­ine.dunn@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/kdunnsun

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