All right then. After an exciting week of Monday Night Turf Wars (great headline, right?), it’s time to get back to some good old-fashioned Friday night football. And we’ve got a good slate of games to do it.
The featured matchup will be No. 3 Atholton at No. 1 River Hill. Keep in mind that Atholton could be ranked No. 2 if not for having to take a Week 1 forfeit because of the ruling on its offseason practice violation, which seemed to be more of an honest mistake.
Still, it's not the only good game this week. No. 6 Long Reach at No. 5 Reservoir has the makings of a good one, and the Marriotts Ridge-at-Oakland Mills game will be a tribute to the late Ken Hovet, who coached at both schools, winning the state title with Oakland Mills in 1998.
On to the rankings (spoiler alert: no movement since last week, but please read on anyway to be enlightened.)
1. River Hill (2-0, 63 points for-21 points against)
The Hawks have already allowed three TDs, which seems kind of uncharacteristic, but they’ve played two pretty good offenses. That should have them primed for Friday night.
Last week: Beat Long Reach, 35-14. This week: home against Atholton.
2. Hammond (2-0, 52-25)
Devon Paye and Dionte Jones showed off their speed on the turf at Rockburn on Monday, and it was an impressive display indeed: 278 combined yards from scrimmage, 4 TDs!
Last week: Beat Mt. Hebron, 36-13. This week: at Centennial.
3. Atholton (1-1, 67-7)
Last week was the real season opener for the Raiders, and they looked very good. You might look at the record and scoring differential, and think they must have won a game 67-0 and lost another 7-0, but no, no. It was the week one 39-0 forfeited win that’s confusing. (P.S. I intend to make this the last week we discuss the whole forfeit thing. From now on, the record is what it is.)
Last week: Beat Howard, 28-7. This week: at River Hill.
4. Wilde Lake (1-1, 52-23)
The Wildecats rushed for 279 yards last week. Antoine Barnes and Anthony Miller are doing a pretty nice job of replacing the production of Khalil Viera and E.J. Gilman.
Last week: Beat Oakland Mills, 40-7. This week: home against Glenelg.
5. Reservoir (1-1, 56-34)
E.J. Montgomery and Joey Usher are beginning to show the same rapport that Montgomery and Kyle Mitchell had last year. The duo connected for three completions, 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week before the offense slowed down to burn clock.