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Football: Look who's still undefeated

At the midpoint of the regular season, eight local football teams remain undefeated. Four fell this week as it keeps getting tougher to keep that 0 in the loss column. At least one will fall next weekend as Old Mill and Arundel battle it out Thursday night in a battle of undefeated Anne Arundel County teams.

Here's a look at which teams remain unbeaten and who they face next:

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WAY TOO EASY

No. 2 Calvert Hall did not play

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After beating Coolidge last weekend, the Cardinals (4-0) had a bye week.

Next up: At No. 1 Gilman on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The Cardinals have won two straight over the Greyhounds, but it's never easy as last year's come-from-behind victory showed. Trailing 21-7 going into the fourth quarter, the Cardinals scored three touchdowns – two in the final two minutes – in a victory that ultimately gave them their first championship since 1882 and The Baltimore Sun's final No. 1 ranking. Look for another battle as the MIAA A Conference teams jockey for position in the standings that will determine the matchups for the first-ever post-season playoffs. Last year: Calvert Hall 26, Gilman 21.

NO QUESTION

No. 3 Old Mill 40, Meade 14

Rob Chesson ran for 222 yards and three touchdowns and Torie Wagner had three interceptions as the Patriots improved to 5-0. The Patriots rolled up a 33-0 lead on Chesson's three touchdown runs and touchdown passes by Deonte Shields to Wagner and Ryan Kauffman. While the Patriots' offense averages 40 points a game, the defense is allowing just six.

Next up: At No. 5 Arundel on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. This rivalry has become one of the area's hottest, because not only do these two usually battle for the county title, but they also battle for the regional title. In the past five years, Arundel has won four times and the Patriots, three, but the two years before that, Old Mill won both regular-season games and both regional playoff meetings. The Patriots have a variety of offensive weapons and their defense will be the best the Wildcats have seen all season. Last year: Arundel 30, Old Mill 7.

No. 5 Arundel 49, North County 13

The Wildcats rebounded from the 31-30 scare South River delivered the previous week. Cooper Hibbs continues to lead a dominating Wildcats offense, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another. The first-year starter completed 24 of 30 passes for 236 yards. The Wildcats are 5-0 overall and in the Anne Arundel County league.

Next up: No. 3 Old Mill at home Thursday at 6:30 p.m. THE GAME of the season in Anne Arundel County features a Wildcats' offense that has scored 218 points vs. a Patriots' defense that has given up just 30. Last year, the Wildcats won big with their strong aerial game and a tough defensive effort, forcing three turnovers and holding the Patriots to three trips into the red zone. Last year: Arundel 30, Old Mill 7.No. 8 Poly 42, Douglass 6

Jamal Chappell scored three touchdowns – two on the run where he had 10 carries for 101 yards and one with a 32-yard reception. Priestly Shuler had nine tackles and two fumble returns, including one for a 71-yard touchdown as the Engineers improve to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in Baltimore City's Division I.

Next up: Patterson at home Friday at 7 p.m. The Clippers are coming off Saturday's big 32-25 win over City. Despite allowing its second touchdown this season to the Ducks, the Engineers defense is still one of the toughest in the city league, allowing just 12 points this season. Last year: Poly 30, Patterson 22.

No. 15 Catonsville 50, Hereford 14

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The Comets continued their roll through Baltimore County's Class 4A-3A Division by beating the Bulls for the first time since 1995. Deandre' Lane had touchdown runs of 64, 66 and 58 yards, ran a punt back 75 yards for a touchdown and had an interception. Now 5-0 overall, the Comets are 4-0 in the division with wins over contenders Perry Hall and Franklin.

Next up: Eastern Tech at home Thursday at 7 p.m. The Mavericks, one of the county's top teams in recent history, are struggling this season at 1-3 after Friday's 34-10 loss to Parkville. Last year: Eastern Tech 19, Catonsville 6.

Fallston 28, Havre de Grace 7

John Hetterman threw for two touchdowns and ran for another while Chris Rose caught three touchdown passes and had more than 100 yards receiving. The Cougars improve to 5-0 and 2-0 in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division. They are in first place in the division while North Harford is 1-0.

Next up: At C. Milton Wright on Friday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are 2-3 and coming off a 45-11 loss Saturday to another undefeated team, Overlea. Last year: Fallston 46, C. Milton Wright 6.

Overlea 45, C. Milton Wright 11

Alex Wells ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns and also had a touchdown reception. Fyne Ndukwe had two 60-yard touchdown catches and quarterback Tevin Berry threw for three touchdowns and 160 yards. Dequan Pettway returned a punt for a touchdown and John McCargo scored on a blocked field goal.

Next up: Sparrows Point at home Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Falcons now boast the area's longest active winning streak at nine games and are enjoying their first 5-0 start since 1994, according to coach Craig Rollins. They already have one more win than all of last season when they won their last four games. The Pointers are 3-2 and Rollins expects them to be disciplined and motivated to end the Falcons streak. Last meeting: Overlea 42, Sparrows Point 14 in 2006.

WHEW!

Glenelg 17, Hammond 14

In a battle of unbeaten teams, Luke Brister's 42-yard field goal – the longest of his career -- with 15 seconds left secured the Gladiators' position alone atop the Howard County standings. The Gladiators have their 5-0 record thanks to a season-opening forfeit from Atholton, a penalty for a Raiders summer practice violation. The Raiders won the game 39-0 on the field, so the Gladiators were out to prove that they belong at the top. Nick Crabill ran for 116 yards on 25 carries and also made several key defensive plays.

Next up: At Long Reach Thursday at 7 p.m. The Lightning is 3-2, coming off a 42-21 win over Centennial. The Gladiators' defense has been tough in the last four games, allowing an average of just eight points per game. Last year: Glenelg 36, Long Reach 26.

NO MORE

Four teams saw their unbeaten seasons come to an end last week:

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Milford Mill in Monday's 12-7 loss to Perry Hall

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Patterson Mill in Monday's 20-0 loss to Perryville

Aberdeen in Friday's 38-12 loss to North Harford

Hammond in Friday's 17-14 loss to Glenelg

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