No. 13 Forest Park (5-3) at No. 9 Patterson (7-1)

Time: 2:45 p.m.

Outlook: Forest Park goes for a fourth straight win, including a victory over No. 14 Dunbar. A win at Patterson could brighten the Foresters' slim chance at a 2A playoff berth. Last week's 24-8 loss to No. 1 City -- ranked No. 25 in USA Today -- dropped Patterson to seventh in the race for a spot in the 4A playoffs. For Forest Park, an earlier 16-15 loser to City, RB Robert Arthur (932 rushing yards, eight touchdowns), QB Newman Thompson (498, three touchdowns passing, 171, two touchdowns rushing) and WR James Heath (16 receptions, 210 yards, two touchdowns) lead the way. Patterson's standouts include QB Willie McGirt (817 passing yards, 11 touchdowns), RB Ryan Lewis (663 yards, 11 touchdowns), WR Stacey Plater (28 catches, 316 yards, seven touchdowns) and WR Earl Smith (14, 198, one).

Calvert Hall (4-2) at No. 5 McDonogh (6-0)

Time: 2:45 p.m.

Outlook: In this Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference battle, Calvert Hall (0-1 league) tries to rebound. Last week's 3-0 loss to Boys' Latin (B Conference) dropped it from the rankings. McDonogh's LB Mike Layden (6 feet 3, 206 pounds) leads a charge to halt Calvert Hall's backfield of Kevin Tyler, Chris Nohe and Mike Callahan. McDonogh (3-0 league) relies offensively on QB Bobby Sabelhaus (1,158 yards, seven touchdowns), WR Dennis Badham (21 catches, 443 yards, three touchdowns), WR/RB Dwayne Stukes (422 rushing, 227 receiving, seven touchdowns), WR Jason Taylor (12, 290, three) and RB/WR Dante Evans (two touchdowns).

Loyola (2-4) at No. 12 St. Mary's (5-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Anne Arundel Community College

Outlook: For this MSA A battle, Loyola comes off a 35-6 win over Severn of the B Conference, and St. Mary's edged No. 15 St. Paul's, 10-7. Each team has one league win over Mount St. Joseph, with St. Mary's (1-2 league) winning, 7-0, and Loyola (1-1) winning, 18-13. Loyola is led by RB Reggie Boyce (374 yards), linemen Faraji Mason and Rodell Phaire (each at 6-4, 245 nTC pounds) and NG Jason Cimbolo. St. Mary's has K Mark Kiefer -- who won last week's game on a 27-yard field goal -- RB Jason Lilly (610 yards, five touchdowns), QB Brad Davis (759 passing yards, four touchdowns), WR Matt Clune (25 catches, 297 yards, one touchdown) and WR Ryan Hughes (24, 218, one).

Joppatowne (7-1) at No. 8 C. Milton Wright (7-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Each team heads its region, Joppatowne in 1A-North and Wright in 3A-North. This is the first of a possible four games to determine the Harford County champ. At 5-1, both teams share first place with Fallston. Next week, Wright visits Fallston and Edgewood is at Joppatowne. Tonight's game matches the county's top two rushers, Wright senior Jason Tharpe (1,165 yards, 6.8 average, 17 touchdowns) and Joppatowne junior Lewis McKisset (693, 7.1, 11). Kick returner Andre Turner (Joppatowne) has a league-leading eight interceptions. Wright's line play gives it an edge, but Joppatowne has better team


No. 15 St. Paul's (6-2) at Cardinal Gibbons (4-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: St. Paul's coach Mitch Tullai (a 208-126 career record) has announced that he will retire after this, his 41st season. His Crusaders won four straight MSA C Conference titles before being realigned into this year's B Conference. St. Paul's and Gibbons are each 3-0 in MSA B Conference, with the Crusaders having outscored their opponents, 237-24, with five shutouts behind All-Metro TE Shawn Bean. Gibbons is led by QB Rocky Keener, WR Corey Butts and a solid backfield corps. St. Paul's, whose top rusher is Chris Berrier (625 yards, eight touchdowns), has lost only to No. 5 McDonogh, 7-6, and No. 12 St. Mary's, 10-7.

Towson (7-1) vs. Chesapeake-BC (7-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Dundalk Community College

Outlook: Both teams are 6-1 in Baltimore County 1A-2A league play, with Chesapeake holding on to the seventh of eight 2A playoff seeds and Towson one spot out at ninth. Tex DeLeon (737 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns) leads area scorers with 114 points. The Bayhawks' Lamar King (10 catches, 164 yards, four touchdowns) plays well on both sides of the ball.


No. 2 Poly (8-0) at Salesianum, Del., (5-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Baynard Stadium, Wilmington

Outlook: Salesianum won, 12-7, last year to even the 34-year-old series at 12-12-7. S/WR Craig Waldien anchors last year's Delaware state runner-up, which has outscored its opponents, 187-44, losing only to top-ranked Coatesville (Pa.) of the Delaware Valley area. Poly has outscored opponents 280-24, with LB Rashaad Kitchen, LB Brian Jeffers and DB Malik James (five interceptions) anchoring last week's fourth shutout of the season, 7-0, over No. 4 Gilman. Sallies QB Dan McGee has 676 passing yards with three touchdowns and 275 rushing yards with two touchdowns. All-Delaware RB David Lightcap (six touchdowns) and Matt Nelson (seven touchdowns) move the Sallies' multiple-I. Poly RB/WR Greg Kyler has 15 touchdowns on 873 rushing yards and 15 receptions for 205 yards.


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