Hammond (3-4) at No. 7 Howard (6-1)
Outlook: Howard has won four straight since losing to Frederick, and Hammond has lost three straight since defeating Atholton. Howard's defense has produced back-to-back shutouts. Hammond was shut out last week by Oakland Mills, 31-0. Howard QB DaLawn Parrish is headed toward a 1,000-yard passing season. He has completed 50 of 100 for 733 yards and a Baltimore area-leading 13 touchdowns. RB Corey Curtis has 106 carries for 684 yards and five touchdowns. Receiver Rachid Shafer has 20 catches for 297 yards and five touchdowns. Opposing teams have learned how to contain elusive Hammond QB Tim Spruill. Last week he completed 4 of 11 passes for 24 yards, threw two interceptions, had 10 yards rushing and was sacked five times. Still, Spruill has rushed 50 times for 520 yards and four touchdowns, and completed 58 of 149 passes for 759 yards and six touchdowns. As a defensive back, he leads the league with six interceptions. Last season Howard slipped by the Bears, 8-7.
Centennial (6-1) at Wilde Lake (3-4)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: Centennial, which defeated Glenelg, 34-27, last week, has a lot on the line in this game. The Eagles have defeated Wilde Lake only one time, a 3-0 game in 1981. This is their most successful season since, as they battle for a Class 3A playoff spot and a possible three-way share of the county title. But for Centennial to achieve those goals, they must win their final three games against Wilde Lake, Atholton and Oakland Mills. And Oakland Mills must defeat Howard. Centennial is led by the Baltimore area's leading rusher and scorer, Robbie Hauff. He has 1,303 yards on 177 carries, and has scored 136 points on 22 touchdowns and two conversions. QB Brian Dowell has completed 36 of 70 passes for 620 yards and seven touchdowns. TE Kevin O'Connor has 14 catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Wilde Lake also has its postseason hopes riding on this game, and is coming off an invigorating 3-0 triumph over Atholton. A victory over a winning 3A school like Centennial would give the Class 1A Wildecats a playoff point bonanza. Wilde Lake's defense will be tested by the best offensive line it has seen so far, so it likely will jam the line, double-team Hauff and dare Centennial to pass. Centennial coach Ed Holshue has zTC cut back on the intensity of his practices this week, because he thought his team was showing signs of mental and physical fatigue. An added incentive for Centennial will be to avenge last year's 41-0 thrashing by Wilde Lake.
Atholton (4-3) at Glenelg (2-5)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: Both teams are coming off disappointing losses and need a win to revive themselves. Atholton's 3-0 loss to Wilde Lake was especially frustrating, because the Raiders had a touchdown pass called back and two touchdown passes dropped. Atholton's offense struggled to produce 118 yards against Wilde Lake, but the defense stopped the Wildecats three times inside the 10-yard line. Trott leads Atholton with 582 yards rushing. QB Jamie Burford is 37 of 97 for 581 yards and seven touchdowns. Two roughing-the-passer penalties helped Glenelg score 27 points against Centennial. Glenelg QB Sean Lookingbill has completed 86 of 167 for 909 yards and five touchdowns. Last season Glenelg defeated Atholton, 14-6.
Mount Hebron (0-7) at Oakland Mills (5-2)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: The Scorpions are coming off a 31-0 win over Hammond and get a breather as they prepare for next week's showdown against Howard. Oakland Mills has won all four league games and outscored league opponents, 127-20. The defense has three shutouts. Mount Hebron has been outscored 135-8 in league games. Oakland Mills RB Jake Daft had 188 yards on 21 carries last week and has 1,016 yards on 130 carries overall. He has 12 rushing touchdowns. QB Irving Conwell is 44 of 178 passing for 656 yards and five touchdowns. Oakland Mills defeated the Vikings, 42-18, last season.