Breaking down this week­end’s re­gion fi­nals

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Katherine Dunn

Thir­teen lo­cal high school football teams will play in this week­end’s re­gion cham­pi­onships, with the win­ners ad­vanc­ing to next week­end’s state semi­fi­nals. The four teams in each re­gion that make it to the state semi­fi­nals will be re­seeded ac­cord­ing to their points av­er­ages, with the two higher seeds host­ing games next Fri­day or Satur­day. The state cham­pi­onships are sched­uled for Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at Navy-Ma­rine Corps Memo­rial Sta­dium in An­napo­lis. Class 4A North NO. 11 MERVO (9-2) @NO. 8 HOWARD (10-1) When: Tonight, 7 Coaches: Pa­trick Nixon, Mervo; Bruce Strunk, Howard Last meet­ing: Howard won, 20-0, last year Out­look: In a re­match of last year’s re­gion semi­fi­nal, Howard aims for a third straight trip to the fi­nal four. The Mus­tangs, how­ever, come into the game with a lot of mo­men­tum. They’ve won eight straight games and last week pulled off one of the play­offs’ big­gest up­sets, de­feat­ing top-seeded and pre­vi­ously un­beaten Sher­wood, 30-20, for their first play­off win in pro­gram his­tory. Last year, the Lions de­fense dom­i­nated the game against Mervo, in­ter­cept­ing three passes and mak­ing seven sacks to hold the Mus­tangs to four first downs. Mervo’s de­fense also played well, hold­ing the Lions’ top run­ning back to 46 yards, but the of­fense couldn’t con­tend with Howard’s de­fense. The Lions, who suf­fered their only loss, to Glenelg, three weeks ago, rolled over Bel Air, 41-14, in last week’s semi­fi­nal. Class 4A East NO. 6 BROADNECK (8-3) @NO. 4 AN­NAPO­LIS (10-1) When: Tonight, 7 Coaches: Rob Har­ris, Broadneck; Nick Good-Mal­loy, An­napo­lis Last meet­ing: An­napo­lis won, 40-19, on Sept. 16 Out­look: A state semi­fi­nal­ist last sea­son, Broadneck up­set pre­vi­ously un­beaten Old Mill for the sec­ond straight year in the play­offs. Now, the Bru­ins, who lost their reg­u­lar-sea­son game to Old Mill, will try to turn things around on an­other Anne Arun­del County foe. Broadneck will have to stop run­ning back Cameron Hough, who rushed for 209 yards and scored four Broadneck stops An­napo­lis’ Omar’od White in Septem­ber, when the Pan­thers won, 40-19. The two schools meet again tonight at 7 in the Class 4A East fi­nal. touch­downs in the Pan­thers’ 45-21 win over North Point last week. The Bru­ins needed dou­ble over­time to beat Old Mill, win­ning on Shane Davis’ 10-yard pass to Robert Sch­wob. While Broadneck is aim­ing for its first state ti­tle, An­napo­lis is go­ing for its sec­ond, but hasn’t won since 1978. Class 3A North NO. 6 FRANKLIN (9-1) @NO. 10 MIL­FORD MILL (10-1) When: Satur­day, 1 p.m. Coaches: An­thony Bur­gos, Franklin; Reg­gie White, Mil­ford Mill Last meet­ing: Franklin won, 24-20, on Oct. 7 Out­look: The west­ern Bal­ti­more County ri­vals square off in the re­gion play­offs for the fourth time in five years. The In­di­ans won in 2013 and 2014 and went on to win the Class 3A cham­pi­onship. The Millers won in 2012 — their last win over Franklin, which has won six straight games since. Their reg­u­lar-sea­son game in Oc­to­ber, se­cured on In­di­ans quar­ter­back Josh Turner’s 2-yard touch­down run with less than three min­utes to go, was the clos­est be­tween the two in six years. Three turnovers, penal­ties and a few fum­bled snaps doomed the Millers, who have the big-play po­ten­tial to match Franklin. Both teams are com­ing off big wins in the semi­fi­nals. Franklin avenged last year’s play­off loss to Dun­dalk, 39-0, while Mil­ford Mill rolled over North Har­ford, 54-0. The In­di­ans are aim­ing for their third state ti­tle while the Millers would like to add a sec­ond to their 1987 crown. Class 2A North DUN­BAR (8-3) @NO. 15 HERE­FORD (11-0) When: Tonight, 7 Coaches: Lawrence Smith, Dun­bar; Ric Evans, Here­ford Last meet­ing: First meet­ing Out­look: Dun­bar and Here­ford are two of the most suc­cess­ful pro­grams in state his­tory, but they’ve man­aged to avoid each other un­til now. The Po­ets have made the play­offs 21 times while the Bulls have been in 18 times. Most of the time they’ve been in dif­fer­ent clas­si­fi­ca­tions. Dun­bar, which has nine state ti­tles, is com­ing off a 48-0 win over Ran­dall­stown, while Here­ford, which has three state ti­tles, ral­lied from a 12-0 deficit to beat Over­lea, 14-12. The Bulls will be with­out sev­eral key play­ers, in­clud­ing quar­ter­back Jon Marchinek and run­ning back Kahlil Rich, who suf­fered con­cus­sions last week. The Po­ets will be with­out their top run­ning back, Da’Shawn Darien, ejected from last week’s game af­ter a brawl. Class 3A East RIVER HILL (7-4) @NO. 14 GLENELG (9-2) When: Tonight, 7:30 Coaches: Brian Van Deusen, River Hill; Butch Schaf­fer, Glenelg Last meet­ing: Glenelg won, 49-7, on Sept. 9 Out­look: River Hill reversed a 20-10 reg­u­lar-sea­son loss to beat top-seeded Long Reach, 20-14, in last week’s re­gion semi­fi­nal. The Hawks, how­ever, will have their hands full with the Gla­di­a­tors’ run­ning game. Sopho­more Wande Owens Class 1A North SURRATTSVILLE (6-5) @HAVRE DE GRACE (8-2) When: Tonight, 7 Coaches: Cor­nell Wade, Surrattsville; Brian Eber­hardt, Havre de Grace

First meet­ing A state fi­nal­ist last sea­son, Havre de Grace won a back-and-forth game of big plays against Fair­mont Heights, 48-34, to ad­vance to the re­gion fi­nal. That’s the only op­po­nent the War­riors and Surrattsville have in com­mon this fall. The Hor­nets, from Prince Ge­orge’s County, won their reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale over Fair­mont Heights, 32-21, two weeks ago. The War­riors have a strong pass­ing game led by quar­ter­back Mike Flosser, who threw for 254 yards against Fair­mont Heights last week. Surrattsville, a 1A semi­fi­nal­ist in 2013 and 2014, scored 20 points in the first 13 min­utes to spark its 20-16 win over McDonough in its re­gional semi­fi­nal. Havre de Grace is aim­ing for its fourth state ti­tle and its first since 1986. Class 1A South ED­MOND­SON (5-6) VS. REGI­NALD LEWIS (11-0) When: Tonight, 6 Where: At Poly Coaches: Corey John­son, Ed­mond­son; El­wood Townsend, Regi­nald Lewis Last meet­ing: Ed­mond­son won, 36-0, in 2014 Out­look: These pro­grams have met only twice be­fore and Ed­mond­son won both times, by a com­bined 70-0, but the Fal­cons have come a long way in their 15th year. They fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son un­beaten for the first time, win­ning Bal­ti­more City’s Di­vi­sion II. Last week, they won their first play­off game in pro­gram his­tory, 24-0 over Friend­ship Academy of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy. Regi­nald Lewis has the area’s stingi­est de­fense, hav­ing al­lowed 24 points with eight shutouts. The Red Storm, who won a state ti­tle in 2006, had an up-and-down sea­son but played in the city’s tougher Di­vi­sion I and played a cou­ple of pri­vate-school teams. Ed­mond­son also won its re­gion semi­fi­nal hand­ily, 34-0 over Na­tional Academy Foun­da­tion. katherine.dunn@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/KDunnSun

MATTHEW COLE/ BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

ran 42 times for 274 yards in Glenelg’s 21-7 win over Wilde Lake last week to break the Howard County sin­gle-sea­son rush­ing record with 2,229 yards. Glenelg, a state semi­fi­nal­ist in 2014, is aim­ing for its first state ti­tle. River Hill has won four state ti­tles, the last in 2012. Last meet­ing: Out­look:

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