Schedule for state football finals in Annapolis remains uncertain
If Navy hosts AAC final, schedule would change
Less than two weeks before the Maryland state football championships, we still don’t know whether the finals will be held as scheduled, on Dec. 1-3, or a week later.
It all has to do with the Navy football team’s playoff prospects, because the state finals will be held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The Midshipmen remain in the running to host the American Athletic Conference championship Dec. 3. If they do, the high school games would be moved to Dec. 8-10.
Navy clinched the AAC West Division championship over the weekend and will play in the conference final Dec. 3. If Navy beats Southern Methodist in Dallas on Saturday and Temple beats East Carolina, Navy will host Temple in the title game Dec. 3.
But even if Navy loses, there’s still a chance the Mids could host the conference final.
These are the other scenarios, all involving Navy, Temple and South Florida, any of which could end up hosting the conference final:
If Navy wins, Temple loses and USF beats Central Florida, Navy would play at USF.
If Navy wins, Temple loses and USF loses, Navy would host the game against Temple.
If Navy loses and Temple wins, Navy would play at Temple.
If Navy loses, Temple loses and USF wins, Navy would play at USF.
If all three lose, Navy most likely would host Temple.
The state football championships were moved to Annapolis this fall after 14 years at M&T Bank Stadium because the Ravens installed a natural-grass field this summer that likely could not handle four high school games and still be ready for a Ravens game Sunday.
No matter which weekend the state championships are held, the Class 3A final will be played Thursday at 7 p.m., the Class 4A final will be Friday at 7:30 p.m., the
Shirts vs. Skins Basketball Classic
Putnam Science Academy (Conn.) vs. Mt. Zion Prep (Md.), 5 p.m.
Cape Henry Collegiate (Va.) vs. Capitol Christian Academy (Md.), 7 p.m.
St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) vs. St. Frances, 8:30 p.m.
Putnam Science Academy vs. Coastal Academy US (N.J.), 1 p.m.
Cape Henry Collegiate vs. Middleburg Academy (Va.), 3 p.m.
Stepinac (N.Y.) vs. St. Frances, 5 p.m.
St. Benedict’s Prep vs. Mount Saint Joseph, 7 p.m. Class 1A final will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Class 2A final Saturday at 7 p.m. Boys basketball showcase to take place at St. Frances in early December: The second annual Shirts vs. Skins Basketball Classic, a two-day high school showcase featuring some of the top teams in five states, will take place Dec. 2-3 at St. Frances.
Perennial area powers Mount Saint Joseph and host St. Frances are among the Maryland teams that will compete. Also participating will be top teams from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.
The name “Shirts vs. Skins” is an homage to childhood pickup games, not a depiction of how the players are uniformed during the event.
In addition to two days of basketball — seven games are on the slate — the event also serves as a platform to help promote diabetes awareness, including information on diabetes detection and prevention.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit shirtsvsskins.org.
Kevin Huerter and Maryland will face Stony Brook tonight