Football playoffs



No. 7 C. Milton Wright (9-1) vs. No. 8 Randallstown (9-1) at Catonsville C.C.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: This 3A state quarterfinal should be a good one, matching Baltimore County's champion and third-seed Randallstown against Harford County's sixth-seed C. Milton Wright. A 15-14 regular-season winner over the Rams last year, the Mustangs have one of the area's best LBs in Ted May (165 tackles, 109 solo) and LB Jon Judy (103 tackles, 43 solo). The Rams' defense is anchored by LB Ross Lusco (nine sacks). Randallstown, with a nine-game winning streak since a season-opening loss to No. 1 Dunbar, has a solid RB tandem in Devin Johnson (1,357, 19 TDs) and Lance Jackson (865, 10), and WR Felix Buchannan (21 receptions, 476 yards, five TDs). The Mustangs have a more balanced offense with QB Todd Shilow (888 passing yards, 10 TDs), RB Todd Behler (1,028, eight) and WRs Duane Fisher (21, 360, six) and Pete Fountain (27, 444, four).

Meade (7-3) at No. 3 Arundel (10-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Arundel became the 10th Anne Arundel County team in 35 years to go undefeated and earn the top seed in the 4A state playoffs by virtue of last week's 36-22 victory over Meade. The Mustangs took the eighth seed to set up a rematch between the two neighborhood rivals. Led by junior QB Erik Lipton, who set school passing records for attempts (165), completions (103), yards (1,826), touchdowns (18) and least interceptions (four) for 100 or more passes, the Wildcats are making their second straight playoff appearance. Arundel lost, 39-15, in last year's quarterfinals to eventual state champion North County. Lipton's favorite targets are Darnerian McCants (29 receptions, 622 yards, seven touchdowns) and Joe Parker (27, 654, seven). Meade counters with RB Roman Harrison, Anne Arundel County's leading rusher with school records for yards (1,562), touchdowns (19) and total points (122). Meade LB John Norsworthy led the county during the regular season with 126 tackles. Meade's Damion Moss led the county in interceptions ++ (10) followed by Arundel's Mike McKnight (eight). Meade linebacker Wilson Rodriguez has 91 tackles.

Hickey (7-1) at No. 11 Havre de Grace (7-3)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Sixth-seed Havre de Grace, a Harford County co-champ, has a seven-game winning streak and plenty of offense. QB Billy Jackson (1,450 passing, 23 TDs) targets WRs J. R. Clark (21, 528, 11 TDs), Damon Presbury (25, 461, eight) and Tim Wilson (13, 231, four), and RB Wilbur Ballard (845 yards, two TDs). Jackson has eight INTs as a DB, and Wilson has 93 tackles (54 solo). Hickey is led by DB-WR Willie Mitchell, who has 12 INTs and 16 receptions for 478 yards, along with WR Greg Holmes (16, 340, six). DB Tyrell Henderson has 10 interceptions.


Westlake (8-2) vs. No. 1 Dunbar (9-1) at Morgan State

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Poets, last year's 2A state champ at 12-0, begin their quest for a 3A crown against Dom Zaccarelli's second-year varsity program. Second-seed Dunbar's defense of TE-LB Tommy Polley (13 sacks, 11 INTs), LB Ali Culpepper (12 sacks, seven INTs), DB Derry Williams (eight INTs) and DB Dahnell Singfield (five INTs) gets its first look at the run-oriented veer offense, out of which seventh-seed Westlake, ranked No. 19 by The Washington Post, evenly distributes to QB Jake Pearson (465 rushing, eight TDs) and RBs Dan Holton (923, nine), T-Wuan Prather (636, 10) and Brandon Dicken (412, two). Pearson has thrown just 13 passes, one for a TD to Prather, who has 44 yards on four receptions. Westlake's biggest player is 225-pound L John Chisolm. Dunbar L Deon Johnson (6-3, 320), L Dwyane Green (6-4, 255) and L Antar Simsel (230) have cleared the way for RBs Culpepper (1,487 yards, 12 TDs), Brett Thomas (929, seven) and Jason Boyce (591, three), and Polley has 31 #i receptions for 488 yards and three TDs.

Sherwood (9-1) at No. 2 Patterson (10-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The No. 3-seed Clippers, winners of four straight city 4A crowns, tackle the sixth-seed Warriors of Montgomery County coach Bob Milloy. The visitors, ranked No. 8 by The Washington Post, have a Division I prospect in RB Tyree Foreman (1,094 rushing, 24 TDs), and a top-notch QB in Arundel transfer Pat Cilento, who was 14 of 18 for 158 yards and two TDs in last week's 19-17 win over Seneca Valley. Clippers' LB Rahim Booth (230 pounds) and L Pat Stafford (278) and L Terry Otto (268) will have their work cut out for them. And Patterson coach Roger Wrenn (146-76-2) will try to counter with RB Dwayne Simmons (1,379 rushing, 24 TDs), QB Carnest Peele (913 passing, 10 TDs) and WR Mike Jaski (30 receptions, 488 yards, five TDs).

Fort Hill (10-0) vs. Forest Park (5-4-1) at Poly

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The fourth-seed Foresters, in the 2A state playoffs for the first time, have their hands full with fifth-seed Fort Hill, last year's 2A state runner-up to Dunbar. Sentinels RB Rick Jenkins (1,117 yards, 16 TDs) and QB Brandon Davis (660 passing, 11 TDs) would have significantly higher numbers, but Fort Hill has won all but two games by 37 or more points, so coach Mike Calhoun often lifts them early. Fort Hill has out-scored the opposition on average by 36 to 3.8 out of the wing-T. Foresters coach Obie Barnes hopes to have a few surprises, however, with Aaron Thompson (1,217 rushing, 280 receiving, 12 TDs), QB Adrian Griffin (805 passing, six TDs) and WR Calvin Thurmond (24 receptions, 613 yards, six TDs).

Bethesda-Chevy Chase (10-0) at No. 12 Milford Mill (8-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The third-seed Millers of first-year coach Reggie Brooks have more than reversed last year's 3-7 record led by Liberty transfer RB Brandon Scarborough (1,200 rushing, 14 TDs) and RB David Bazemore (841, nine). Sixth-seed Bethesda-Chevy Chase, ranked No. 18 by The Washington Post, is in the midst of its first unbeaten season since 1958 behind RBs Dustin Hodgson (20 TDs) and Tosin Adeboyeku (five TDs). This is a huge test for both programs.

Linganore (9-1) at No. 5 Oakland Mills (8-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The second-seeded Scorpions lost to seventh-seeded Linganore earlier this season, 14-6. In six meetings between the teams, Oakland Mills has won once. The Howard County champion Scorpions have won seven straight games in which they averaged 27.7 points while allowing 5.3 points. Only three teams have scored more than one touchdown against them. Linganore will try to grind it out on the ground. Oakland Mills is a big-play team and its defense or special teams usually create one touchdown a game. Scorpions QB Irving Conwell has completed 59 of 120 passes for 1,188 yards and 14 touchdowns. His favorite receiver, Antiwan Jones, has caught 27 passes for 589 yards. Linganore is led by RB Jarit Siedor who has 1,257 yards on 185 carries.

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