After coming away with a win in seven straight games decided by eight points or less, the Golden Bears were bound to slip up eventually, and it came last week against Glenelg. This week's game at winless Marriotts Ridge won’t be that close.

W: Wilde Lake (16-12), Mt. Hebron (36-13), Centennial (34-7), River Hill (12-9); L: Glenelg (17-14).
Last week: Lost to Glenelg, 17-14. This week: at Marriotts Ridge, Thursday at 7 p.m.

4. (3.) River Hill (3-2, 110-47)

The Hawks seem to be coming out of the woods after last week’s shutout of defending state champ Wilde Lake, but they lost to Hammond, which lost to Glenelg, so this is where they are. They’ll get a chance to play Glenelg on Oct. 28.

W: Reservoir (28-7), Long Reach (35-14), Wilde Lake (38-0); L: Atholton (14-0), Hammond (12-9).
Last week: Beat Wilde Lake, 38-0. This week: home against Howard, Thursday at 7 p.m.

5. (6.) Howard (4-1, 148-87)

It was kind of a lackluster performance for Howard against an improving Oakland Mills. The Lions will need to be sharp to hand River Hill a third loss, which would be devestating for the Hawks and a huge boost for the Lions.

W: Centennial (41-0), Mt. Hebron (35-7), Long Reach (38-37), Oakland Mills (27-15); L: Atholton (28-7).
Last week: Beat Oakland Mills (27-15). This week: at River Hill, Thursday at 7 p.m.

6. (7.) Long Reach (3-2, 180-128)

The Lightning will get a chance this week to prove that its dynamic offense can put up points on any defense it comes across. I’ve also heard that Long Reach has a new private school transfer who could help shore up the defense.

W: Marriotts Ridge (55-14), Reservoir (32-20), Centennial (42-21); L: River Hill (35-14), Howard (38-37).
Last week: Beat Centennial, 42-21. This week: home against Glenelg, Thursday at 7 p.m.

7. (5.) Wilde Lake (2-3, 100-101)

The Wildecats didn’t have to beat River Hill to salvage their season, but something other than being shut out, 38-0, might have inspired more hope. Things aren’t looking good for a return to the playoffs. However, the banner in the gym still says "2010 State Champions."

W: Oakland Mills (40-7), Marriotts Ridge (40-12); L: Hammond (16-12), Glenelg (28-8), River Hill (38-0).
Last week: Lost to River Hill, 38-0. This week: at Mt. Hebron, Thursday at 6 p.m.

8. (8.) Reservoir (2-3, 132-90)