Outlook: The Millers are back in the state semifinals for the first time in seven years and are aiming for their first title in 25 years. The Hurricanes have been in the state semifinals three straight times and have yet to win the championship. White said the Millers will have to improve their defensive efficiency on third down. They struggled to stop Franklin's drives in the regional finals and used a big play, QB Kyle McEachern's 64-yard scoring run with 2:41 to go, to beat the Indians 33-28. McEachern (744 yards rushing 15 TDs, 1,311 yards passing for 12 TDs) has been the catalyst for the Millers while LB Jamall Morant (104.5 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 4 fumble rec.) leads the defense. QB Zach Piazza (1,231 yards passing, 17 TDs) and LB Josh Woodburn (118 tackles, 4 INTs) lead the Hurricanes
Douglass-PG (11-1) vs. No. 11 Edmondson (11-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Coaches: JC Pinkney, Douglass; Dante Jones, Edmondson
Outlook: The Red Storm's defense and big-play capability have driven through a couple of close regional playoff games. The defense has allowed just 8.7 points per game this season and 16 total in two playoff games. DB Marcellus Pack returned an interception for the game-winning touchdown in last week's 12-6 win over Dundalk and Laqwan Moody's interception sealed the first-round 14-10 victory over Douglass, from Baltimore City. The Eagles, who fell to Middletown in last year's 2A final, have shut out seven opponents and score an average of 31.3 points. The Red Storm has two 1,000-yard rushers in Pack and Hakeem Holland, who have combined for 29 TDs, as well as QB Tyjuan Eaton, who has thrown for 1,734 yards and 21 TDs. The Eagles also have a balanced offense behind QB Devin Butler (944 yards passing, 9 TDs) and a handful of running backs.
Brunswick (8-4) at No. 6 Dunbar (11-1)
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Coaches: Patt Foster, Brunswick; Lawrence Smith, Dunbar
Outlook: With one more win, the Poets would become the most successful team in state football playoff history. They are tied with Seneca Valley with 41 playoff wins but Seneca Valley lost in the regional final. The Poets have won eight state titles, including the last two and six of the past nine in Class 1A. The Railroaders, from Western Maryland, are still looking for their first title after reaching the state semifinals two years ago. The Poets have nine shutouts this season and have allowed just 45 points, but they haven't faced a passing offense like Brunswick's. QB Collin Nusbaum tied the state record with 448 passes this season and has thrown for 3,301 yards and 26 TDs. WR Blaine Price has set a host of receiving records, including 129 catches and 1,714 yards. The Poets' balanced offense is led by RB Coleman Blackston (1,384 yards rushing, 13 TDs) and QB William Crest (1,287 yards passing, 12 TDs) while LB Marvin Gross (27 1/2 sacks) leads the defense.
New Town (10-2) at Perryville (12-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Coaches: Joe Holland, New Town; Chris Johnson, Perryville
Last meeting: First meeting
Outlook: In their first trip to the state semifinals, the Titans meet last year's runner-up, a team that has lost just one game in two years — the state final to Dunbar, 24-11. The Titans' two losses were by one point each and they won their playoff games by an average of 34 points. While the Panthers have something to prove after losing in the final last season, the Titans do too after a forfeit for an ineligible player cost them a chance to move on in last year's playoffs. The Titans are led by RB Derrick Kittrell (1,174 yards rushing, 18 TDs), FL Donte' Gross (844 yards rushing, 10 TDs; 12 catches for 6 TDs) and QB Shawn Magginson (910 yards passing, 12 TDs). The Panthers are led by RB-LB Joe Peaker (1,699 yards, 21 TDs; 87 tackles, 8 sacks) and QB Elijah Johnson (1,287 yards passing for 14 TDs).