Severn (7-0) tops a rare high school football schedule this week with all 10 games involving local teams being played today.
The Admirals of coach Jim Doyle play the Game of the Week when they visit No. 15 St. Paul's (7-0) in Baltimore County. Both teams are 5-0 in MSA C Conference play and the host team of coach Mitch Tullai can clinch a share of the title with a victory.
St. Paul's last game is at Boys' Latin (4-3), and it's not likely the Lakers will knock off the 15th-ranked Crusaders.
The Admirals will have archrival St. Mary's (6-2, 4-1) pulling for them. With a victory, Severn could end up with no worse than a share of the MSA C Conference title.
The Saints of Brad Best, who entertain Boys' Latin at 7 tonight at Anne Arundel Community College, are hoping Severn wins. Victories by Severn and St. Mary's would set up a showdown next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Severn.
With a win over Severn, St. Mary's could be an MSA C Conference tri-champion with the Admirals and Crusaders. That's if Brad Fowler, Jake Mack and the rest of the Admirals do their part today at St. Paul's, where the Crusaders are ripe to be knocked off. St. Paul's is coming off a 45-0 shellacking of Southwestern (3-4) that gave Tullai his 200th career win.
Severn took a forfeit from Douglass (1-5, 1-4) last weekend, as the Ducks were kind enough to cancel the game so the Severn players could attend the Friday funeral service of an exchange student.
Not playing last week and not having much of a match the week before in a 54-0 romp over Archbishop Curley (0-6, 0-5) could hinder the Admirals in the early going at St.Paul's. The game could be decided in the first half, with the club that gets off to a good start prevailing.
Archbishop Spalding (1-6, 0-5) has a good chance to prevail at 3 p.m. today at Douglass if the Cavaliers can put last week's 35-0 loss to Boys' Latin behind them.
On the public school scene, Broadneck (5-3) gets another chance to clinch its first winning season in 4A and under fourth-year coach Jeff Herrick. The Bruins were embarrassed at home Friday night by Severna Park, 34-6, but have a great chance to notch No. 6 tonight at Meade (2-6).
Meade is coming off a 60-8 loss to sixth-ranked North County.
The Mustangs are hurting.
In contrast, Meade's Route 175 neighbor, Arundel (2-6), is streaking. The Wildcats of coach Bill Zucco have won their past two, 28-6 over Old Mill and 24-7 over Chesapeake.
Three in a row might be tough for the Wildcats, who visit Severna Park (5-3) for a 7:30 p.m. Falcons homecoming. Severna Park played great last week in downing Broadneck by 28 points, but it got some bad news when a Prince George's County circuit judge took away its forfeit win over High Point.
With its playoff hopes very real,North County (7-1) and ninth-rated Annapolis (7-1) hope to keep pace with each other tonight. The Knights, who have averaged 53 points in their past four games, visit Glen Burnie (3-5) for a 7 p.m. contest, and Annapolis has its homecoming against Chesapeake (2-6).
The North County-Glen Burnie game matches the Knights' run-and-shoot offense against the run-oriented offense of the Gophers. The Knights pass every down they can, while Glen Burnie only throws when necessary.
Knights running back Frank Brown has 20 touchdowns and is three short of the county record, accomplished twice by Bob Stach of Southern in 1965 and 1966 and matched by Dawnie Dorsey of Northeast in 1981.
It's likely that Annapolis coach Roy Brown will turn loose Shawn Taylor at Al Laramore Field. Taylor is making a habit of rushing for around 200 yards.
Completing the Class 4A schedule is Old Mill (1-7) looking for some respect in a 7:30 p.m. visit to Queen Anne's (3-5) on the Eastern Shore.
An interesting game finds No. 13 South River (6-2) playing host to Northeast (3-5). Class 2A Northeast usually plays 3A South River tough and has won all three of its games on the road while losing at home all four times this season.
Coach Dave Summey's Seahawks have their sights on a playoff berth and can't look past the Eagles. South River plays host to archrival Southern in its final regular-season game next week.
Southern (4-4) can clinch a .500 season with a victory at 7:30 tonight in Harwood over North Carroll (0-8). A victory would give the Dawgs a three-game winning streak going into their finale against Edgewater.