Sched­ule for state foot­ball fi­nals in An­napo­lis re­mains un­cer­tain

If Navy hosts AAC fi­nal, sched­ule would change

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Kather­ine Dunn and Glenn Gra­ham kather­ine.dunn@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/KDun­nSun glenn.gra­ham@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Glen­nGra­hamSun

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

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