The Wildecats haven't quite been able to recapture the magic that propelled them to the 3A state title last year, and now even the postseason is a longshot. But they could make a little noise over the final weeks by knocking off Atholton, Long Reach or Reservoir.
W: Oakland Mills (40-7), Marriotts Ridge (40-12), Mt. Hebron (42-0), Centennial (30-0); L: Hammond (16-12), Glenelg (28-8), River Hill (38-0).
9. (9.) Mt. Hebron (2-5, 73-195)
Holding Long Reach's high-powered offense to only 26 points should be considered a minor accomplishment. But the rift between the top eight teams and the bottom four is still massive. That being said, Mt. Hebron is clearly the best of the bottom four, and they'll get to display that on Friday night at Marriotts Ridge.
W: Oakland Mills (26-0), Centennial (21-14); L: Hammond (36-13), Howard (35-7), Reservoir (42-0), Wilde Lake (42-0), Long Reach (26-6).
Last week: Lost to Long Reach, 26-6. This week: at Marriotts Ridge, Friday at 7 p.m.
10. (10.) Oakland Mills (1-6, 76-269)
The Scorpions defense has to be getting tired. Over the past two weeks, Oakland Mills has faced two of the top offenses in the league — Atholton and River Hill, both on the road — and been torched for 115 points. Atholton's 56 points and River Hill's 59 are the two highest scoring outputs recorded this season by any team. Over the final three weeks, the Scorpions face Reservoir (26.4 points per game), Long Reach (32.3) and Hammond (24). This might not be pretty.
W: Marriotts Ridge (27-20); L: Mt. Hebron (26-0), Wilde Lake (40-7), Glenelg (41-14), Howard (27-15), Atholton (56-7), River Hill (59-6).
Last week: Lost to River Hill, 59-6. This week: home against Reservoir, Saturday at 2 p.m.
On the bubble: Centennial (0-7, 42-236), Marriotts Ridge (0-7, 65-293).
1. Atholton, 255 points scored
2. Long Reach, 226
3. River Hill, 211
4. Howard, 188
5. Reservoir, 185
6. Wilde Lake, 172
7. Hammond, 168
Howard County Football Power Rankings: Week 8
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