Football: Highlighting Week 8 matchups, playoff standings for Carroll's teams

Football: Highlighting Week 8 matchups, playoff standings for Carroll's teams
Liberty fans react during the first half of the Lions' game against South Carroll in Eldersburg Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Three weeks remain in the Carroll County Athletic League football regular season, and there are plenty of exciting matchups — and a county championship — still to be decided.

Liberty travels to Manchester Valley this Friday with hopes of keeping its undefeated record alive. The Lions (7-0, 3-0 in the county) have registered three shutouts this season, and have held all but one opponent to 20 points or less.


Last week, the Lions defeated Westminster in an highly anticipated clash between the county teams. Two early touchdowns from running back Nick Henderson helped the Lions build a 14-0 lead, and they held off the Owls 28-20.

They can move closer to their second CCAL title in three seasons with a win Friday.

The Lions are second in the Class 2A West playoff standings with 67 point standings, compiled by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

The top four seeds in each classification advance to the state tournament based on point average. The Lions have 67 points (and a 9.57 point average), while Damascus (7-0) is first with 78 points and an 11.14 average.

Century (5-2) is coming off an impressive 37-7 victory at South Carroll last week, and the Knights travel to Boonsboro for a non-county clash Friday. The Knights (3-1 CCAL) have two more county games remaining after this week, against Winters Mill and Liberty, and are fourth in the 2A West standings with 45 points (6.43 average).

Francis Scott Key earned its second shutout of the season with a 40-0 rout of Sparrows Point last week. The Eagles (3-4, 0-3) host South Carroll on Thursday in search of their first county victory after falling to Century, Westminster, and Manchester Valley in three consecutive weeks.

This will be the final home game of the regular season for the Eagles — they travel to Liberty and Winters Mill in Weeks 9 and 10.

The Cavaliers (3-4, 1-2) hosted Winters Mill in Week 5 — their CCAL opener — and defeated the Falcons 28-26. Since then, they have fallen to Liberty and Century. The Cavs have two more county matches against Man Valley and Westminster to close out the regular season, and sit in seventh place in the 2A West standings with 24 points.

The Mavericks (2-5, 1-3) got their first county win over FSK in Week 6, but fell to Winters Mill in overtime last Friday. The Mavs have one more county matchup, against South Carroll in Week 9, prior to closing out the regular season at Poolesville.

Westminster won three straight games prior to losing to Liberty last week. The Owls (6-2, 4-1) travel five minutes down Md. 140 for a city clash Friday at Winters Mill.

They’ll play Salesianum in Delaware next week prior to facing rival South Carroll for a Week 10 showdown.

The Owls are third in the 3A West standings with 49 points (7.0 average). Linganore (6-1) and South Hagerstown (5-2) are first and second with 57 and 52 points. The Lancers have an 8.14 average; the Rebels are at 7.43.