5. (5.) Centennial (6-3, 264-147)

It has been a hard-luck year for the Eagles, who are having their best season since 2006 but probably won't be rewarded with a playoff spot because the 3A East is so crowded with good teams. They've dominated some opponents — beating Atholton, Long Reach and Marriotts Ridge by a combined 113-7.  They've lost to River Hill, Howard and Glenelg. They have the league's second best offense and fourth best defense, and have a better scoring differential than three playoff teams (Howard, Reservoir, Hammond).

Last week: beat Marriotts Ridge (2-7), 48-0. This week: home against Hammond (6-3).

W: Re (28-7), OM (59-20), MH (28-21), LR (34-7), A (31-0), MR (48-0). L: RH (42-7), Ho (29-26), G (21-3).



6. (6.) Hammond (6-3, 240-172)

The Golden Bears pretty much secured their 2A South playoff spot with that game-changing 47-38 win over River Hill in Week 7. Since then, though, they've been inconsistent, scoring only one touchdown against Howard in Week 8 and squeaking out a one-touchdown win over Wilde Lake in Week 9. No team wants to limp into the playoffs, so Hammond is going to be looking to make a statement at Centennial Friday night.

Last week: beat Wilde Lake (3-6), 20-13. This week: at Centennial (6-3).

W: MH (27-0), LR (41-8), OM (30-14), MR (44-14), RH (47-38), WL (20-13). L: G (35-3), Re (24-21), Ho (26-7).

 

7. (8.) Mt. Hebron (3-6, 143-230)

The Vikings have been tough to figure, bringing back a lot of talent from a 2012 playoff team but starting the season 0-5. The offense finally came to life in Week 9, scoring 39 points against Oakland MIlls, which was 18 more than their previous best this season. That win boosted them past the Scorpions into this spot. They have a chance to finish the season with victories in four of their last five games.

Last week: beat Oakland Mills (3-6), 39-21. This week: home against Marriotts Ridge (2-7).

W: LR (20-13), WL (14-7), OM (39-21). L: Ha (27-0), Re (36-14), C (28-21), Ho (35-13), RH (42-8), A (21-14).


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8. (9.) Wilde Lake (3-6, 123-147)

Look at the Wildecats' losses: 13-10 to Howard, 14-6 to Glenelg, 14-7 to Mt. Hebron, 27-7 to Reservoir, 20-13 to Hammond. Their fourth-ranked defense (16.33 points allowed per game) has kept them in just about every game, but the offense has struggled, scoring fewer than two touchdowns per game. They get the nod over Oakland Mills because their scoring differential is almost 100 points better with wins over the same three teams.

Last week: lost to Hammond (6-3), 20-13. This week: home against Oakland Mills (3-6).

W: LR (29-7), MR (28-7), A (23-12). L: Ho (13-10), G (14-6), RH (33-0), MH (14-7), Re (27-7), Ha (20-13).

 

9. (7.) Oakland Mills (3-6, 222-337)

The Scorpions have been scoring a healthy 24.67 points per game, but allowing a not-so-healthy 37.44. Oakland Mills can take the No. 8 spot from Wilde Lake with a win, but a good defense often beats a good offense.

Last week: lost to Mt. Hebron (3-6), 39-21. This week: at Wilde Lake (3-6).

W: LR (44-6), MR (52-21), A (36-35). L: C (59-20), Ha (30-14), Re (49-21), G (49-8), RH (49-6), MH (39-21).


 
10. (10.) Atholton (1-8, 165-227)

Atholton's record includes a forfeit loss in which they routed Marriotts Ridge on the field, one-point losses to Long Reach and Oakland Mills, an overtime loss to No. 2 Reservoir and respectable losses to River Hill and Wilde Lake. The Raiders' only win came against another 2012 playoff team that never got going in 2013: Mt. Hebron. In a season that has had its share of upsets, it's possible there could be one more.

Last week: lost to Reservoir (7-2), 33-26 OT. This week: home against Glenelg (8-1).

W: MH (21-14). L: MR (FF), Ho (40-16), RH (28-6), LR (15-14), WL (23-12), C (31-0), OM (36-35), Re (33-26 OT).

On the bubble: Long Reach (1-8, 88-270); Marriotts Ridge (2-7, 89-340).

Offense
River Hill, 291
Centennial, 264
Reservoir, 241
Hammond, 240
Glenelg, 239
Howard, 225
Oakland Mills, 222
Atholton, 165
Mt. Hebron, 143
Wilde Lake, 123
Marriotts Ridge, 89
Long Reach, 88

Defense
Glenelg, 62
River Hill, 98
Howard, 133
Centennial, 147
Wilde Lake, 147
Reservoir, 167
Hammond, 172
Atholton, 227
Mt. Hebron, 230
Long Reach, 270
Oakland Mills, 337
Marriotts Ridge, 340

Differential
River Hill, 193
Glenelg, 177
Centennial, 117
Howard, 92
Reservoir, 74
Hammond, 68
Wilde Lake, -24
Atholton, -62
Mt. Hebron, -87
Oakland Mills, -115
Long Reach, -182
Marriotts Ridge, -251