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Football glance



Aberdeen (7-1) at Havre de Grace (8-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams have clinched playoff berths, but a county title is on the line in this much-anticipated Harford County matchup. Havre de Grace (6-0 in league) clinched a share of the county crown with a victory over Fallston last week but can win the title outright by beating the Eagles (5-1 in league). Aberdeen, led by quarterback and linebacker Erin Henderson, needs a victory to share the title with the Warriors.

No. 15 Patterson (7-2) at Edmondson (6-3)

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Outlook: This Baltimore City Division I contest pits two of the league's best LB-RBs in Patterson's Thomas Smith (6 feet 1, 217 pounds) and Edmondson's All-Metro Mark Hicks (6-1, 230). It also features two of Maryland's winningest coaches in Patterson's Roger Wrenn (213-93) and Edmondson's Pete Pompey (214-90-1). Smith (1,368 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns) anchors a starting defense that has six shutouts and has yielded six points. Patterson (6-2 league) has clinched a 4A North region playoff berth, but Edmondson (5-3 league) needs a win to maintain its slim shot at a Class 2A North region berth.

No. 10 Hereford (7-2) at Overlea (6-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Bulls (5-1 league) need a Baltimore County 3A-2A league victory over the Falcons (5-1 league) to secure a Class 2A North region playoff berth and a shot at their third state title. Overlea still has a slim chance to make the playoffs if it defeats the Bulls. And in victory, like Hereford, Overlea can win a share of the league title with No. 1 Eastern Tech (6-0 league) if Eastern Tech loses tonight's game with league-rival Patapsco.

Curley (7-2) at Gibbons (7-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Friars (2-1 league) can clinch a tie with St. Paul's and Severn for the MIAA B Conference crown with a victory over the Crusaders (1-2), whose RB Cory Robinson (699 yards, 12 TDs) was a recreation league teammate of Curley RB Glen Williams (1,203, 16 TDs). Williams, Josh Tracy (842, nine TDs), Allen Fadiora (535, six), Rob Daniels (365, six) and Derek Young are part of a Curley offense that has generated more than 400 rushing yards in a game three times.


No. 7 Loyola (6-3) at John Carroll (7-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: This interdivisional MIAA contest pits the Dons, who have clinched at least a tie for this year's A Conference title, against the Patriots, who have clinched a tie with Boys' Latin for this year's C Conference crown. RB Chris Gillyard has rushed for a combined 517 yards and six TDs in Loyola's past three wins.

City (7-2) vs. Poly (8-1)

Time: noon Where: M&T; Bank Stadium Admission: $10

Outlook: This Baltimore City Division I game pits Poly (8-0 league) against City (6-2 league) in the 115th annual meeting. First-year coach Anthony Knox of Poly, which leads the series, 56-52-6, has led the Engineers to at least a share of the league crown, which Poly can win outright with a win. The Engineers already have clinched a Class 2A North region playoff spot, but City needs to defeat Poly for a shot at qualifying in 2A North.

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