Two games matching 2-0 teams and two other county teams attempting to go 3-0 highlight this weekend's Anne Arundel County high school football schedule.
Montgomery County power Springbrook comes calling at The Baltimore Sun's ninth-ranked Severna Park, and eighth-ranked North County invades Chesapeake. Both games kick off at 7:30 tonight, and all the teams are 2-0.
Southern plays host to 11th-ranked Wilde Lake (1-1) of Howard County, and St. Mary's visits rival Severn School (1-1) at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Southern and St. Mary's are the only other county teams at 2-0.
The Springbrook at Severna Park contest matches two Class 4A playoff contenders. Both teams love to run the ball.
Last week, the Falcons of coach Andy Borland edged 18th-ranked Thomas Stone (1-1) of Charles County, 20-13. Junior running back Mark Frye is averaging a Baltimore-Washington metro area-best 14.2 yards per carry with 213 yards on only 15 attempts.
Springbrook counters with Omar Evans, who rambled for two touchdowns and 229 yards in the Blue Devils' 24-6 victory over Montgomery Blair last week.
Ranked ninth by The Baltimore Sun and 19th by The Washington Post, Severna Park did not crack this week's state poll despite the victory over No. 18 Thomas Stone. Springbrook stands No. 14 in The Washington Post Top 20.
This is the first meeting between the two schools since 1990 when Springbrook hammered Severna Park, 34-3, in the state 4A quarterfinals. Springbrook held on for a 10-6 victory in 1987 at Severna Park in the state semis.
The other game pitting 2-0 teams might not be as exciting, with powerful North County, No. 8 in The Baltimore Sun poll and No. 2 in the state poll, visiting Chesapeake.
Chesapeake is within two wins of the best start in school history, but runs into a Knights' team that is loaded on both sides of the ball with power, speed and confidence.
The Cougars started 3-0 in 1988 in what was coach Tom Kraning's first season and won the final two games to finish 5-5. It was Kraning's best season.
Denis Schanberger, Kraning's predecessor, won his first four games in 1987 and didn't win another the rest of the way. Schanberger led Chesapeake to its only winning season in 1985, at 6-4.
Last fall, North County and Frank Brown destroyed the Cougars, 52-20. Brown, who graduated, had a record-setting night with seven touchdowns and 336 yards rushing. It's not likely that the current Knights' ace back Mike Drocella will ring up such numbers, but it is likely Drocella and company will score a lot.
With wins over Class 1A Owings Mills, 23-6, and Class 2A Rockville, 24-13, the Cougars face the real deal in North County tonight.
North County owns impressive victories over Prince George's schools Eleanor Roosevelt, 39-14, and Crossland, 22-0.
Southern, which has outscored its opponents 75-0, will be pressed to keep Wilde Lake from scoring but hopes to pull off a win and crack the polls.
The Dawgs' of coach Buck Gardner plan another ambush of defending state 1A champion Wilde Lake in Harwood.
On the way to its third straight state title and an overall 12-1 record, the Wildecats' only loss came at the hands of the Class 2A Dawgs by 28-27 in overtime. Gardner is hoping that what looks to be his best team in more than a decade can step up against its toughest foe to date.
After posting its first win ever over South River by 17-0 last week, St. Mary's (2-0) should have little trouble with Severn School (1-1). The Admirals were blown out by Southern, 34-0, last week, and tomorrow's highlight for the Admirals and their fans should be the annual post-game bull roast.
In other action tonight, 10th-ranked Annapolis (1-1) faces its third straight non-county foe in Mount St. Joseph (0-2) of Baltimore. The visiting Gaels feature a couple of county residents, senior running back Eddie Pailen and freshman quarterback Lucas Phillips of Brooklyn Park.
Two 1-1 teams meet in Gambrills where Arundel plays host to Broadneck's aerial circus that features quarterback Sean Ryan (39-for-65, 439 yards and three touchdowns) and Jason Smith (23 receptions for 266 yards and three touchdowns).
Meade (1-1) travels to Carroll County to face winless Westminster (0-2), a 34-6 loser to Annapolis last week, to complete the 7:30 starts.
At 7 p.m., suddenly potent Glen Burnie (1-1), which ripped Broadneck, 33-14, plays host to Queen Anne's (0-2, outscored 62-0).
The young Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers (with only six seniors) play today's only afternoon contest at 3:30. Unfortunately for Spalding (outscored 75-6 in its first two games), it will visit fourth-ranked, MSA A Conference power Gilman for the Greyhounds' opener.
Three more games involving county teams are set for tomorrow: two 0-2 teams, Old Mill at Bowie of Prince George's play at 1 p.m.; South River (0-2) at Bladensburg (1-1), 2 p.m. and Baltimore County's Patapsco (0-2) at Northeast (1-1), 7 p.m. in Pasadena.