When the Lions moved up to 4A, they apparently stepped their game up as well. This is just a well-rounded, solidly built football team.

Last week: beat Marriotts Ridge (1-2), 35-10. This week: home against Mt. Hebron (0-3), Friday at 7 p.m.

W: WL (13-10), A (40-16), MR (35-10). L: NA.

5. (6.) Wilde Lake (1-2, 45-34)

The Wildecats' losses were close ones to very good teams, and they looked good in a 29-7 win over Long Reach last week.

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Last week: beat Long Reach (0-3), 29-7. This week: at Marriotts Ridge (1-2), Friday at 7 p.m.

W: LR (29-7). L: Ho (13-10), G (14-6).


6. (7.) Centennial (3-0, 115-48)

The Eagles get another bump after beating Mt. Hebron at homecoming. How well they can hang with two-time defending state champion River Hill this Friday night will tell a lot.

Last week: beat Mt. Hebron (0-3), 28-21. This week: at River Hill (3-0), Friday at 7 p.m.

W: Re (28-7), OM (59-20), MH (28-21). L: NA.


7. (5.) Atholton (0-3, 57-75)

The Raiders take a tumble, even though they looked pretty good against River Hill last Friday. The reality is that they're 0-3 with a negative scoring differential. The funny thing is that a seven-game win streak to close out the season isn't out of the question (they'd have to beat three teams ranked ahead of them, though.)

Last week: lost to River Hill (28-6). This week: at Long Reach, Saturday at 1 p.m.

W: NA. L: MR (FF), Ho (40-16), RH (28-6).

8. (8.) Reservoir (1-2, 49-66)

The Gators haven't quite gotten rolling since making the playoffs last year. This week's game against Oakland Mills should be a good one.

Last week: lost to Glenelg (2-1), 24-6. This week: at Oakland Mills (1-2), Friday at 7 p.m.

W: MH (36-14). L: C (28-7), G (24-6).


9. (9.) Mt. Hebron (0-3, 35-91)