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top-seeded Panthers (91) will host fourth-seeded Lackey (8-2) in a re­match of a soggy, sloppy Sept. 30 matchup that Lackey won 3-0. While Patux­ent will be look­ing to avenge the loss and move to­wards de­fend­ing its ti­tle, the Charg­ers as­pire to reach a re­gional fi­nal for the first time since 2013.

“Any­time you get to this time of the year, 16 teams left, they’re all pretty tal- ented, es­pe­cially in the 2A South,” Lackey head coach John Lush said. “[Patux­ent] a tough place to play . ... We have a tall task ahead of us with­out a doubt.”

In the reg­u­lar sea­son matchup, Lackey was suc- cess­ful in shut­ting down the Panthers’ high-pow- ered of fense that rolled up nearly 4,000 yards — al- most evenly split be­tween rush­ing and pass­ing — in the reg­u­lar sea­son. The chal­lenge of try­ing to con­tain the Panthers again awaits in tonight’s post- sea­son en­counter.

“Our sec­on­dar y played well against them last time,” Lush said. “I know the con­di­tions fa­vored us a lit­tle bit, but I still think they played pretty well. They’re go- ing to have play even bet­ter. [Patux­ent quar- ter­back Reese Crounse] and those re­ceivers are go­ing to have a chip on their shoul­der. But I think it’s go­ing to come down to smash-mouth foot­ball. They’re a phys­i­cal team, we’re a phys­i­cal team. You have to pro­tect the foot­ball and we have to move the chains, which we didn’t do against Calvert.”

The story is at North Point (9-1) is a fa­mil­iar one, as the Ea­gles de­liv­ered a typ­i­cally strong reg­u­lar sea­son to qual­ify for the post­sea­son for the sev­enth time in the last nine years. But the Ea­gles have won just one play­off game in pro­gram his­tory, so the team will again be look­ing to find some more post­sea­son suc­cess.

Quar­ter­back Jemichael Jones passed for over 2,000 yards and ex­ceeded 1,000 yards rush­ing, as well, while Ma­lik Lawrence sur­passed the 1,000yard plateau re­ceiv­ing. North Point has won seven straight games since los­ing at Calvert on Sept. 16. The Ea­gles will look to make it nine at An­napo­lis (9-1).

McDonough (3-7) de­feated La Plata in its reg- ular sea­son fi­nale to earn its first spot in the play­offs since 2012. The Rams’ of­fense was rather pro­lific in the sea­son’s fi­nal weeks, scor­ing 65 points in games against North­ern and La Plata. Sur­rattsville fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son 5-5.

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