The final full weekend of the 2016 fall high school sports season is upon us and Harford County is fairly well represented.
Three soccer teams will play for state titles in three different classifications, while a lone football team is up for another region football crown.
The state championship soccer play will get underway today (Friday) with Bel Air (14-4-1) attempting to win the school's first boys soccer title. The Bobcats have been in the final twice, in 1995 and 2007, but lost both.
The Bobcats will meet Walter Johnson (17-1) for the Class 4A crown at Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex. The game is set for 5 p.m.
The Wildcats are the Washington, D.C area's top ranked team. Bobcats coach Dominic Rose knows they are good
"They are very good, however, we feel we match up very well. It should be a good game and we are excited at the opportunity to win Bel Air's first state championship in boys soccer," Rose said.
Today's other action takes place in Havre de Grace, where the Warriors (8-2) will look to win a county-best 13th region title in football.
The Warriors, a 1A state runner-up a year ago for the fifth time, will host Surrattsville (6-5) for the 1A North region title. The game is set for 7 p.m. at James R. Harris Stadium. Surrattsville, the number two seed, beat McDonough, 20-16, in last week's semifinal, while top seed Havre de Grace defeated Fairmont Heights, 48-34, in the other semi.
A Warriors win will put the team in the state semis. An away game at Reginald F. Lewis or home against Edmondson/Westside or Cambridge-South Dorchester.
State championship soccer continues Saturday with both the Patterson Mill girls and Fallston boys each looking to avenge state tourney losses a year ago.
Patterson Mill (16-2), back in the 1A title game for the second straight year, will meet Sparrows Point (17-1) at noon at Loyola.
The Huskies were beaten 2-0 by the Pointers in last year's 1A state championship game.
The Fallston boys will play for the 2A crown at 5 p.m. at Loyola. The Cougars (15-3) will meet Middletown (18-1) in the final.
It was Middletown that ended Fallston's run a year ago, beating the Cougars, 2-0, in a state semifinal.
Expanding to the entire Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, there are a couple more events. Elkton (10-1) will host North Caroline (9-2) for the 2A East football title tonight at 7 p.m.
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On Saturday, Perryvillle (18-3-1) will meet nemesis Smithsburg in the 1A girls volleyball championship match. In three previous state finals (2011, 2012, 2014), the Panthers lost to Smithsburg. Additionally, the Panthers were also beaten by Smithsburg in the 2015 semifinals. The match begins at 5 p.m. inside the Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland at College Park.