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.