Last week: Beat Long Reach, 23-20. This week: home against Reservoir, Friday at 7 p.m.

3. (3.) Hammond (5-1, 147-58)

Hammond responded to its first loss of the season by drumming Marriotts Ridge, but now they've got to immediately turn around and play the most complete team in the league. If the Golden Bears strong running game can gain a foothold, they're going to have a good shot to win. But if Atholton's league-leading defense can shut down the run, Hammond could be in trouble.

W: Wilde Lake (16-12), Mt. Hebron (36-13), Centennial (34-7), River Hill (12-9), Marriotts Ridge (35-0); L: Glenelg (17-14).
Last week: Beat Marriotts Ridge, 35-0. This week: home against Atholton, Friday at 7 p.m.

4. (4.) River Hill (4-2, 152-54)

After getting beat up a little bit in September with consecutive losses, the Hawks are starting to take their revenge on the county. After beating Wilde Lake and Howard, two strong teams with seven wins between them, by a combined 80-7, River Hill will get to build momentum even more over the next two weeks against Oakland Mills and Centennial, two teams that have won a single game between them and have allowed more than 400 points. Then in week nine, they’ll really have a chance to reestablish themselves as a power with a home game against Glenelg.

W: Reservoir (28-7), Long Reach (35-14), Wilde Lake (38-0), Howard (42-7); L: Atholton (14-0), Hammond (12-9).
Last week: Beat Howard, 42-7. This week: home against Oakland Mills, Friday at 7 p.m.

5. (5.) Howard (4-2, 155-129)

The Lions’ 4-1 record before last week looked pretty good, but it’s hard to find anything positive to say about their 42-7 loss to River Hill last week. They should be able to dominate Marriotts Ridge on Friday, but then things get tough again with Glenelg, Reservoir and Hammond to close out the season.

W: Centennial (41-0), Mt. Hebron (35-7), Long Reach (38-37), Oakland Mills (27-15); L: Atholton (28-7), River Hill (42-7).
Last week: Lost to River Hill, 42-7. This week: home against Marriotts Ridge, Friday at 7 p.m.

6. (6.) Long Reach (3-3, 200-151)

The Lightning offense was finally overtaken by Atholton this week after leading the league in scoring all season, but it was the somewhat-maligned defense that showed something last week, holding an undefeated team to only 23 points. Long Reach still has a shot at the playoffs.

W: Marriotts Ridge (55-14), Reservoir (32-20), Centennial (42-21); L: River Hill (35-14), Howard (38-37), Glenelg (23-20).
Last week: Lost to Glenelg, 23-20. This week: at Mt. Hebron, Saturday at 1 p.m.

7. (8.) Reservoir (3-3, 166-90)

Why the leapfrog over Wilde Lake? Common opponents: River Hill beat Wilde Lake, 38-0, and Reservoir, 28-7. Reservoir beat Marriotts Ridge, 49-6, Wilde Lake beat them 40-12. I still get the feeling that Reservoir is ready to burst out of this spot and into the top half of the county. Like Wilde Lake though, they’ve been dominating the teams they should beat, and faltering against the top dogs. They’ll certainly have their chance for a statement win Friday night at Glenelg, though.

W: Marriotts Ridge (49-6), Mt. Hebron (42-0), Centennial (34-0); L: River Hill (28-7), Long Reach (32-20), Atholton (24-14).