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Game Tracker: Week 10

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Quarterback Darius Jennings will try to lead Gilman to a victory over McDonogh in a game in which the winner claims the MIAA A Conference title. (Photo by Jon Gallo)

By Jon Gallo
Coaches Aid.com Maryland Content Coordinator

GILMAN at No. 11 MCDONOGH, Saturday, 2 p.m.

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Just call it the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game. It very well could be one of the best games of the season, as McDonogh’s football field will be littered with talent. McDonogh (8-1) has been the state’s biggest surprise. The Eagles have rebounded from two years of mediocrity to be one victory away from claiming their first MIAA A title outright in school history. The Eagles shared the crown with Loyola and Gilman in 2006 and Gilman in 2001, but have never had it all to themselves. McDonogh is led by Buffalo-bound quarterback Rudy Johnson, whose short touchdown run was the difference in a 7-0 victory over Calvert Hall. Johnson, whose 17 touchdown passes are tied for fifth in the state, teams with running backs Bryan Ellis and Chris Davilla and receivers Justin Gross and Gabe Macis to power an offense that flourishes behind an offensive line that features E.J. Conway and Ross Farquharson. The Eagles average 27 points per game, but its been a defense led by Isaac Jorgenson that has McDonogh in position to win a league title after shutting out a Calvert Hall last week. But the Eagles haven’t faced an offense as good as Gilman’s. The Greyhounds (6-3) boast one of the state’s best players – do-it-all quarterback Darius Jennings. Jennings ranks first in the state in rushing yards (1,766) and tied for third in touchdowns (22), as he fuels an offense that has scored 98 points the pat two weeks in lopsided victories over Loyola and Mount St. Joseph. But Jennings is not a one man show. Running back and defensive back Cyrus Jones is one of the state’s best kick returners and defensively, he teams with Iowa-bound recruits Anthony Ferguson and linebacker Jim Poggi. Gilman has allowed 213 points, but it also has played one of toughest schedules in the country. The Greyhounds had nonleague games against nationally ranked DeMatha and Good Counsel. Gilman also is no stranger to big MIAA A Conference games, as it has won the eight times since 1998, the last in 2006 when it shared it with Loyola and McDonogh in 2006.

Recent Head-to-Head Results

2008: McDonogh 22, Gilman 14

2007: Gilman 21, McDonogh 14

2006: McDonough 22, Gilman 16

2005: Gilman 28, McDonogh 0

2004: Gilman 28, McDonogh 24

CITY vs. POLY at M&T Bank Stadium, Saturday, noon

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City

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Poly

Is it the biggest rivalry in the state? Well, it depends who you ask. But this can’t be debated: No two teams have been going at it against each other longer than Poly and City. The two Baltimore City schools will meet for the 121st consecutive time on Saturday and they’ll be playing a lot more than bragging rights on Saturday. City needs to win to at least secure the fourth – and final – berth in the Class 2A North Region Tournament. Chesapeake is in first with a 9.73 point average, followed by Eastern Tech (9.59), Lake Clifton (6.68) and City (6.22). City, which is led by quarterback Adrian Coxson, a Penn State-bound recruit who is among the region’s top players, has won its past three games after suffering consecutive losses to Dunbar and Patterson. City is averaging 34 points per game, but also has excelled defensively, as the Knights have allowed just 18 points during its three-game winning streak. Poly, which has lost three of its past four games to City, is coming off a 22-18 loss to Dunbar for its first loss of the year. The Engineers are in third place in the Class 3A North Region standings with an 8.02 average, ahead of North Harford (7.84), but behind Hereford (10.33) and Franklin (8.73). Poly, which averages 34 points per game, is led by the terrific duo of quarterback Antoine Goodson and running back Gabriel Ali-El. Goodson rushed for 144 yards and a score and threw for another and Ali-El had one touchdown rushing and one receiving in a 22-18 loss to Dunbar.

Recent Head-To-Head Results

2008: Poly 16, City 13

2007: City 26, Poly 20

2006: City 44, Poly 8

2005: City 15, Poly 12

2004: Poly 24, City 6

GLENELG at ATHOLTON, Friday, 7 p.m.

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Two of the best teams in Howard County not named River Hill look to enter the playoffs on a winning note. Glenelg (8-1) can secure the second seed in the Class 2A South Region Tournament with a win. The Gladiators have an 8.89 point average and won’t catch Gwynn Park (9.72) for the top spot because the Yellow Jackets have been awarded a forfeit win in their final regular season game against Crossland. Glenelg is holding off Douglass (7.22) and McDonough (6.67) for home-field advantage in at least the first round. Glenelg, which has doubled the number of games it won last year, is seeking to make the playoffs for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons. Glenelg will look to establish its running game, which is led by Colin Osborne and Shannon Maura. Osborne ran for 121 yards on just 13 carries and Maura added 154 yards and three scores in a 37-20 win over Mount Hebron last week. Meantime, Atholton had rebounded from last year’s three-win season behind first-year coach Kyle Schmitt. The Raiders (8-1) were leading River Hill, 14-7, at halftime before they were outscored 28-0 in the second half. Still, the Raiders have locked up the second seed in the Class 3A East Region Tournament with an 8.56 average, which trails River hill (10.67), but is ahead of Wilde Lake (6.44) and J.M. Bennett (5.14). Atholton, which hasn’t made the playoffs since consecutive appearances in 2005 and 2006, will look to its dynamic duo to end the Gladiators’ three-game winning streak. Quarterback Kalvin Seamonson, who threw for 221 yards and two scores against River Hill, has thrown for 1,275 yards – 13th-most in the state – and 16 touchdown passes, which rank tied for eighth. Robinson, a University of Maryland-bound receiver who amassed 197 yards and two touchdowns receiving against River Hill, is fourth in the state with 803 receiving yards.

Recent Head-To-Head Results

2008: Atholton 28, Glenelg 14

2007: Atholton 28, Glenelg 7

2006: Glenelg 28, Atholton 21

2005: Atholton 27, Glenelg 15

2004: Glenelg 33, Atholton 19

No. 10 SHERWOOD at No. 8 QUINCE ORCHARD, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

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Sherwood, the defending Class 4A champion, and Quince Orchard, the 2007 Class 4A champion that is now a Class 3A school, meet in a game between two teams who have their eyes on a state title. Sherwood (8-1) rebounded nicely from a 26-22 loss to Damascus earlier this month to post consecutive victories over Churchill and Springbrook. The Warriors’ 33-13 victory over Sherwood was significant because they won despite their star player – running back Cyrus Britt – struggling. Britt rushed for just 50 yards – he averages more than 100 – quarterback AJ. Pignone had the best game of his career. Pignone threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 13-of-19 passing to keep his team atop the Class 4A West Region Tournament standings with a 10.67 average, ahead of Paint Branch (9.56), Walt Whitman (8.56) and Churchill (8.22). The Warriors can clinch home-field advantage throughout the region tournament. But if Sherwood loses, it opens the door for Paint Branch. Quince Orchard is the last team Sherwood wants to play. The Cougars (9-0) are Montgomery County’s lone undefeated team and are primed to win a second state title in the past three seasons. The Cougars are averaging 37 points per game behind a potent attack led by running back Ben Sasu. Sasu’s 1,108 yards are 14th-most in the state and his 20 touchdowns are tied for seventh. Quince Orchard can also throw the ball, as quarterback Drew Murphy threw for 138 yards and three scores in a 41-7 win over Blake last week. Defensively, Quince Orchard has allowed 95 points this season, but 28 – more than 25 percent – came in a 34-28 victory over Clarksburg. The Cougars have outscored their past three opponents – Einstein, Seneca Valley and Blake - 110-7. The winner of this game has won a state title in each of the past two seasons, with Sherwood defeating the Cougars, 14-6 in the regular season before posting a 31-10 win in the region tournament.

Recent Head-to-Head Results

2008: Sherwood 31, Quince Orchard 10 (playoffs)

2008: Sherwood 14, Quince Orchard 6

2007: Quince Orchard 35, Sherwood 13 (playoffs)

2007: Quince Orchard 23, Sherwood 20

Whitman at Churchill, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

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The stakes could hardly be bigger: The winner is in the Class 4A West Region playoffs, and the loser needs some help to have its season extended. Churchill was in great shape to make the playoffs for the first time since 1994 after opening the season 7-0. But the team followed a 17-0 loss with a 20-13 setback the Bethesda-Chevy Chase and now is locked in a tight race. Sherwood leads the Class 4A West Region Tournament race with a 10.67 point average, followed by Paint Branch (9.56), Whitman (8.56) and Churchill (8.22). Springbrook (6-3) is lurking with a 7.22 average. It is imperative the Bulldogs get stellar play from their prolific duo of quarterback Alex Cantor and receiver Matt Risk, who power an offense that averages 25 points per game but has just 13 points in the pat two games. Against Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Cantor threw for 150 yards, with 101 going to Risk, but the Bulldogs mustered just 72 rushing yards and squandered a 13-12 fourth quarter lead in a 20-13 loss. Whitman (7-2) has benefited from Churchill’s struggles. The Vikings have won five of their past six games, with its lone setback during that string being a 13-8 loss to Springbrook. But the Vikings rebounded last week with a season-saving, 16-13 victory over Seneca Valley. The Vikings’ goal line stand held the Screaming Eagles scoreless on their overtime possession and Danny Lee’s 26-yard field goal put Whitman within a victory away from its second postseason berth in the past three years. The Vikings have scored more than 16 points in their past four games, but they haven’t needed an offense explosion because their defense has allowed just 33 points in the past four games combined. Still, Whitman features quarterback Henry Kuhn, whose 1,180 passing yards are 15th-most in the state, and running back Kevin Cecala, who rushed for 122 yards and a score against Seneca Valley.

Recent Head-To-Head Results

2008: Churchill 18, Whitman 6

2007: Whitman 30, Churchill 8

2006: Whitman 22, Churchill 21

2005: Churchill 14, Whitman 12

2004: Churchill 47, Whitman 7

No. 15 C.H. FLOWERS at No. 4 WISE, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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This is the first of what could be two meetings in the next few weeks between two of Prince George’s County’s top teams. Wise is having a season for the record books. The Pumas (9-0) blanked Bowie, 35-0, last week to post its MPSSAA-record eighth straight shutout. The Pumas haven’t allowed a point since Suitland scored a touchdown in the second quarter in both teams’ season opener, a 14-7 Wise win. The Pumas are led defensively by standout cornerback Titus Till, who will play for the University of Maryland next year. The Pumas also feature a potent attack that averages nearly 36 points per game. The Pumas will look to running back Deontre Johnson, who rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries against Bowie, to power an offense that will be tested by a very good C.H. Flowers defense. C.H. Flowers (8-1) has allowed an average of just 14 points per game and is coming off a 22-13 victory over Eleanor Roosevelt that secured a playoff berth. C.H. Flower is tied with Suitland for second place in the Class 4A South Region Tournament standings with an 10.00 average, behind Wise (11.78) and ahead of Eleanor Roosevelt (7.11).  C.H. Flowers, which has won three straight since suffering its lone loss of the year to Suitland, has made the playoffs in five of the past six years. But the Jaguars have lost in the region final – the game in which the winner advances to the state tournament – each time. Last year, the Jaguars defeated Wise, 7-6, during the regular season but lost to the Pumas, 28-0, in the playoffs.

Recent Head-to-Head Results

2008: Wise 28, C.H. Flowers 0 (playoffs)

2008: C.H. Flowers 7, Wise 6

2007: C.H. Flowers 25, Wise 0

No. 1 DEMATHA at BISHOP MCNAMARA, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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The final game of the regular season could be a prelude to a much more important meeting in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs. Bishop McNamara (8-1) will look to end an ugly string of losses to DeMatha, who blanked the Mustangs in four of the teams’ past six meetings. Bishop McNamara which won just five games last year, has its best team in years. The Mustangs are averaging 30 points per game behind quarterback James Joseph, running back Hannibal Robinson and receivers Matthew Goldsmith and Brandon Coleman. Joseph ranks third in the state in passing yards (2,100) and tied for fifth in passing touchdowns (17). Robinson’s 1,205 rushing yards rank ninth in the state, Goldsmith’s 756 receiving yards rank fifth and Coleman’s 659 rank seventh. And then there’s running back Brandon Jackson, who rushed for 118 yards and a score in a 34-7 victory over Paul VI Catholic last week. The Stags (9-0), however, have even more star power. Six-time defending conference champion DeMatha features running back Marcus Coker, whose 1,321 yards are fourth-most in the state. The Stags also have running back Michael Meriweather, who ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-0 win over Archbishop Carroll last week. The duo also has the luxury of running behind one of the state’s best offensive lines, as seniors Shane Johnson and Arie Kouandijo and junior Cyrus Kouandijo are among the region’s best. The Stags have scored fewer than 35 points just once this year, and have been just as impressive defensively. The unit, which features defensive backs Mike Coley, Lorenzo Waters, Kyrrel Latimer and Jeff Knox – all of whom are expected to play in college – has allowed 106 points in nine games, but just 35 in its past four.

Recent Head-To-Head Results

2008: DeMatha 42, Bishop McNamara 7

2007: DeMatha 26, Bishop McNamara 0 (playoffs)

2007: DeMatha 22, Bishop McNamara 0

2006: DeMatha 28, Bishop McNamara 7

2006: DeMatha 30, Bishop McNamara 0

2005: DeMatha 27, Bishop McNamara 0

2004: DeMatha 30, Bishop McNamara 14

URBANA at No. 2 LINGANORE, Saturday, 1 p.m.

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Linganore

Who is the best team in Frederick County? We’ll find out on Saturday afternoon. Urbana (8-1) is coming off its first loss of the season when it suffered a 27-24 loss to Tuscarora. The Hawks have qualified for the state tournament for the seventh straight year, as they’ll lock up the top seed in the Class 4A North Region Tournament with a win. The Hawks’ 9.11 average leads Patterson (7.93), Woodlawn (7.67) and Thomas Johnson (6.22). The Hawks have arguably been the state’s most accomplished public school team since 1998, as the Hawks have made the playoffs 10 times and won four state titles. The Hawks will need a big game from quarterback Jesse Heon, who has done a tremendous job guiding an offense that averages 23 points per game. But the Hawks are even better on defense, as they’ve allowed 87 points all year, with 27 – 31 percent – coming in last week’s loss to the Titans. But Linganore hasn’t faced a team as potent as undefeated Linganore, which has been simply masterful this season. The Lancers (9-0) are averaging 45 points per game and allow an average of just nine. They’ve been held to fewer than 40 points just once – in a 24-14 victory over Thomas Johnson last week. The Lancers feature a relentless rushing attack that features Kevin Myers and Penn State-bound fullback Zach Zwinak. Myers ran for 186 yards and three scores against Thomas Johnson, with Zwinak – regarded as one of the nation’s best at his position – adding 198 yards against the Patriots.

Recent Head-To-Head Results

2008: Linganore 31, Urbana 24

2007: Urbana 20, Linganore 14

2006: Urbana 17, Linganore 0 (playoffs)

2006: Linganore 13, Urbana 10

2005: Urbana 10, Linganore 0

2004: Linganore 18, Urbana 15

No. 12 FORT HILL vs. ALLEGANY at Greenway Avenue Stadium, Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

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It’s one of the state’s longest-standing rivalries, as these two have faced each other for Western Maryland bragging rights every year since 1936. But in recent years, this game has said as much about the future as it does the present. In each of the past four years, the team that wins the regular season game also has one the teams’ rematch in the playoffs. Fort Hill swept the season series last year en route to reaching the Class 1A state final, where it lost to Dunbar in the final seconds. In 2007, Allegany turned the trick – just as it did in 2005, with Fort Hill defeating the Campers twice in 2006. This year, Fort Hill (9-0) appears to be the better team. The Sentinels are atop the Class 1A West Region Tournament standings with a 9.79 average, followed by Allegany (7.28), Smithsburg (5.68) and Boonsboro (4.59). The Sentinels are averaging 36 points per game and have been sensational during the second half of the season. In the past five games, the Sentinels have outscored the competition, 182-20 and are coming off a 51-7 win over Mountain Ridge in a game in which Devin Lee threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 5-of-9 passing in addition to returning a punt 72 yards and making two interceptions. For Allegany (7-2), it’s been a tale of two seasons. After opening the season 3-2 which included consecutive loses to Keyser (W.Va.) and St. Albans (D.C.), the Campers have dominated the second half of the season. They have outscored the opposition, 194-47, during a four-game winning streak. The offense, which averages 46 points per game, is led by Dustin Wharton, who had nearly 250 yards of total offense and three scores in a 41-20 win over Northern-Garrett.

Recent Head-To-Head Results

2008: Fort Hill 21, Allegany 14 (playoffs)

2008: Fort Hill 26, Allegany 22

2007: Allegany 28, Fort Hill 7 (playoffs)

2007: Allegany 33, Fort Hill 14

2006: Fort Hill 51, Allegany 19 (playoffs)

2006: Fort Hill 35, Allegany 14

2005: Allegany 38, Fort Hill 16 (playoffs)

2005: Allegany 21, Fort Hill 14

2004: Fort Hill 35, Allegany 13

KENT ISLAND at QUEEN ANNE’S, Friday, 7 p.m.

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The top two teams on the Eastern Shore meet in a game where the winner clinches Bayside Conference supremacy and home-field advantage throughout the Class 2A East Region Tournament. Kent Island (9-0) leads the point standings with a 9.67 average, followed by Queen Anne’s (9.33), North Caroline (7.44) and Rising Sun (4.98). Kent Island has won all of its games by at least 20 points and has scored fewer than 26 points just once. The Buccaneers, which made the playoffs for the first time a year ago, have outscored their past four opponents – Easton, Colonel Richardson, North Caroline and Kent County – by a combined score of 177-42. Kent Island, which hasn’t allowed more than 13 points in a game this season, is led by Joe Kirby, who has rushed for more than 1,100 yards. But he’ll face a tough test against Queen Anne’s. The Lions (9-0) have allowed just 23 points all season, but just three in their past five games combined. The Lions have posted four shutouts in their past five games, including in their past two against Easton and La Plata, who were outscored 95-0. Queen Anne’s quarterback Tyler Germain had been unstoppable, and he’s coming off a performance in which he threw five touchdowns in a 54-0 victory over Easton. The Lions haven’t been held under 35 points since the first game of the season.

Recent Head-To-Head Results

2008: Queen Anne’s 3, Kent Island 0

2007: Queen Anne’s 33, Kent Island 10

2007: Queen Anne’s 42, Kent Island 13

2005: Queen Anne’s 20, Kent Island 13

2004: Queen Anne’s 28, Kent Island 14

jongallo@coachesaid.com

article updated on 11/6/09 07:32

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