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No. 12 Francis Scott Key (3-0) at Smithsburg (1-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles should have the edge in talent, but need to come out more focused than in last week's 31-20 win over North Hagerstown. In that game, Francis Scott Key fell behind 20-0 in the first half before scoring 31 unanswered points. Eric Saunders, the county's rushing leader, was held out of last week's game after violating a school rule. He will be back this week. Fullback Josh Rutter, playing in Saunders' place, had 158 yards and two touchdowns. Key breezed in this matchup, 35-0, last year.

Century (0-3) at Martinsburg (W.Va.) (4-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Think Century's first-year schedule has been tough so far? Wait until tonight, when the Knights, who don't have any seniors and are relying on JV call-ups to fill holes for injured starters, face Martinsburg, last year's West Virginia Class 3A runner-up. Last week, the Knights were held to just 3 rushing yards in a 42-7 loss to South Carroll. Despite losing several starters to graduation after last season, the Bulldogs are unbeaten.

Westminster (1-2) at North Carroll (1-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Westminster is a much better team than its record might indicate, as the Owls showed last week with a 49-20 pummeling of C. Milton Wright. They've also beaten the Panthers four straight, including a year ago by 42-7. A victory would be huge for North Carroll, which is trying to post more than one win in a season for the first time since 2000. The Panthers must stop the combination of Westminster quarterback Brad Baer (25-for-50, 371 yards) and receiver Jason Stone (19 catches, 298 yards).

Frederick (1-2) at South Carroll (3-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll has won seven straight dating to last season, and looks to extend that streak against the Cadets. This one, however, won't be easy. Frederick has scored 87 points in three games, and beat the Cavaliers, 43-12, a year ago. The Cadets are led by defensive end Chris Malamet, who has orally committed to West Virginia. Cavaliers running back Jimmy Meetre has rushed for 255 yards and a county-best six touchdowns and quarterback Jake Mead has thrown for 347 yards and three scores.

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