Howard County Sports

Regional playoff seeds announced for Howard County football teams

The Maryland Public Schools Secondary Athletic Association released the postseason brackets for football on Monday.


In 2A West, No. 3 Oakland Mills (4-5) hosts No. 6 Century on Friday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game advances to face either No. 2 Middletown or No. 7 Hammond (0-9) in the regional second round. Hammond and Middletown face off Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Poolesville is the top seed in the region and has a first-round bye. The Falcons will face either No. 4 Walkersville or No. 5 Glenelg (4-5) in the second round. Glenelg travels to Walkersville on Friday at 6:30 p.m.


Howard County champion Atholton (9-0) is the top seed in 3A South and has a first-round bye. No. 2 River Hill (8-1) also has a bye to the regional second round. Friday, No. 3 Wilde Lake (4-5) hosts No. 6 Centennial (1-8) at 7 p.m. The Wildecats defeated the Eagles, 28-14, in Week 5. Marriotts Ridge (3-6) is the No. 4 seed and hosts No. 5 Digital Harbor on Friday night. The winner of that game advances to face Atholton, while the winner between Wilde Lake and Centennial will face River Hill.

In 4A/3A West, No. 4 Reservoir (5-4) hosts No. 5 Mt. Hebron (3-6) on Thursday with the winner advancing to take on either No. 1 Urbana or No. 8 Tuscarora in the second round. No. 2 Howard (6-3) hosts No. 7 Watkins Mill on Friday night. The winner of that contest matches up against either No. 3 Seneca Valley or No. 6 Governor Thomas Johnson.

Long Reach is Howard County’s lone team in 3A East. The No. 3 Lightning (7-2) host No. 6 Crofton on Friday at 7 p.m. The winner moves on to face either No. 2 Chesapeake or No. 7 Bennett.

Regional second round games are set for the weekend of Nov. 11-12. The eight remaining teams in each class will be reseeded at that point.

State quarterfinals are the weekend of Nov. 18-19, with state semifinals the following week Nov. 25-26. The season concludes with state championships played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Dec. 1-3.

Regional football seeds

Class 2A West

1. Poolesville; 2. Middletown; 3. Oakland Mills; 4. Walkersville; 5. Glenelg; 6. Century; 7. Hammond.

Class 3A South


1. Atholton; 2. River Hill; 3. Wilde Lake; 4. Marriotts Ridge; 5. Digital Harbor; 6. Centennial.

Class 3A East

1. Northern; 2. Chesapeake; 3. Long Reach; 4. St. Charles; 5. Oxon Hill; 6. Crofton; 7. Bennett.

Class 4A/3A West

1. Urbana; 2. Howard; 3. Seneca Valley; 4. Reservoir; 5. Mt. Hebron; 6. Governor Thomas Johnson; 7. Watkins Mill; 8. Tuscarora.