Among the most interesting high school football games tonight, two of The Baltimore Sun's ranked 3-1 teams -- South River and Randallstown -- meet in Edgewater and 10th-ranked Annapolis (3-1) will take on winless Arundel (0-4) at 7:30 p.m in Gambrills.
They are just two of nine games to be played tonight, with another set for Saturday.
In south county, 13th-ranked South River plays host to No. 14 Baltimore County power Randallstown, which is coming off a 14-13 loss to unranked Perry Hall.
Randallstown won't have any trouble getting up for the Hawks, who dealt them a 27-14 defeat last fall.
South River went to Prince George's County to beat Bladensburg (1-3), 28-14, last Saturday, but faces a much tougher opponent tonight.
Annapolis outscored Broadneck (2-2), 35-20, Monday night and has had a short week to prepare for the overdue Arundel Wildcats.
Panthers coach Roy Brown has had a lot on his mind this week. He's going against his alma mater and an old buddy in the Cats' first-year coach, Bill Zucco, and a team that upset his last fall, 15-13.
Arundel is not as bad as its record indicates and is getting closer to that first win.
The Cats dropped their fourth game last Saturday to Glen Burnie (2-2), 13-6, after losing to Broadneck in the final seven seconds, 16-13.
Those two games were improvement on season-opening routs suffered at the hands of North County (39-6) and McDonough of Charles County (26-0).
A pair of 2-2 teams will meet tonight at Glen Burnie when the Gophers take on the Severna Park Falcons.
Both teams lost the first two games of the season and won the last two.
The Falcons took a 26-8 decision a year ago over the Gophers and appear to be on a roll after destroying Chesapeake, 40-13, last Friday in a
"My kids were looking for excuses to make mistakes, and Severna Park was looking to play football," said coach Tom Kraning. '
Chesapeake plays host to Meade in a battle of 1-3 teams.
Meade was nipped by Old Mill, 14-13, last Monday, but is playing a team it beat 33-7 a year ago.
The Cougars had a lot of trouble stopping Severna Park's ground game and can expect more of the same tonight when Kenny Walker (6.9 yards per carry) comes to Lake Shore.
Old Mill (1-3) notched its first win of the season over Meade, but will be hard-pressed to make it two in a row when it visits the North County Knights (3-1).
Southern (2-2), which beat then-No. 3 Wilde Lake, 28-27, Sept. 19, gets another shot at one of the state's elite teams when Charles County power McDonough comes to Harwood.
McDonough (3-1) dropped its first game last week, 12-9 to unranked Leonardtown (2-2) of St. Mary's County.
Coach Buck Gardner is hoping his Bulldogs can muster some offense against the Rams after getting blanked by Riverdale Baptist (4-0) of Prince George's, 6-0, last week.
St. Mary's (2-2) tries to get its season back on track tonight against much-improved Archbishop Spalding (1-2).
The Saints of coach Brad Best lack consistency, as evidenced by their stunning, 14-13 upset of Calvert Hall (2-2) of the MSA A Conference two weeks ago, followed by last week's 14-0 loss to their MSA C Conference nemesis St. Paul's (4-0) of Baltimore.
However, Spalding has only scored 19 points in its three games and been outscored, 44-19.
In another big contest, Cambridge and Northeast hook up. Last year Cambridge (4-0), ranked 14th in this week's state poll, edged Northeast, 14-6. But this year, Cambridge has outscored its opposition, 148-13.
Highly recruited quarterback Dietrich Johnson guides the Vikings' potent run-and-shoot offense. '
The question is: Can Northeast grind it out behind its running duo of Chris Kelly and Todd O'Brien (963 yards between them) and keep the ball away from the Vikes?
"We know they're going to run right at us and that could give us a problem," said Cambridge coach Doug Fleetwood, who has led the Vikes to the playoffs in 10 of his 14 years.
This game could be a true indicator of the Eagles' Class 2A playoff chances.
In the lone afternoon contest today, the undefeated Severn Admirals (4-0) of coach Jim Doyle play host to Southwestern (2-1) of Baltimore at 3:30 p.m. The visiting Sabres could be in for a long afternoon.
Finally, Broadneck and Queen Anne's meet for a 1 p.m. Homecoming contest tomorrow. It's another matchup of 2-2 teams and should be a competitive game.
Queen Anne's Lions hope to handle the Bruins' run-and-shoot better than they did against North County last Monday in a 27-12 loss, while Broadneck hopes to contain the run better than it did in the 15-point loss to Annapolis.
In that game, the Bruins gave up 290 yards rushing, 224 to Shawn Taylor. The Lions are primarily a running team and had 132 yards against North County.