Football: Three Carroll County teams headed to regional playoffs

Football: Three Carroll County teams headed to regional playoffs
Liberty running back Nicholas Henderson runs the ball during the first half of the Lions' game against Century Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Three Carroll County football teams have plans for the postseason in 2018.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s regional playoffs are set to kick off Friday.


There will be one game played within the county when Liberty (10-0) hosts Oakdale (9-0) at 7 p.m. in a Class 2A West Region semifinal. The Lions won the Carroll County Athletic League championship — the second in three years — with their 7-0 victory over Century this past weekend.

The game was halted Friday night midway through the third quarter because of bad weather, and resumed Saturday afternoon.

Liberty finished with five shutouts and became the fifth team in Carroll history to finish the regular season with a 10-0 record. The Lions are making their third consecutive playoff appearance, and they’re 1-5 in five previous trips.

Liberty is the No. 2 seed in the region; Oakdale is the No. 3 after the Bears crafted their first unbeaten season in school history.

Century (6-4) sneaked in as the No. 4 seed in 2A West, thanks in part to picking up more bonus points this weekend than fifth-place Middletown. The Knights are back in the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

Their reward? A matchup Friday night at 7 with top-seeded Damascus (10-0), which has won a state-record 52 games in a row.

Century is 2-3 all-time in its playoff history, but hasn’t won a postseason game since 2008.

Westminster (7-3) beat rival South Carroll last Friday to secure its 3A West playoff spot. The Owls are the No. 3 seed in the region, and travel to face No. 2 South Hagerstown (8-2) on Friday night at 7.

It’s a rematch of their Week 2 game in Hagerstown, where the Owls came away with a 19-18 victory.

Westminster is making its 10th postseason trip — the Owls are 8-8 in the playoffs after reaching the regional final a season ago.

Carroll teams have made 46 playoff appearances prior to this fall with a combined 30-45 record.