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Regional Football Semifinals

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Regional Football Semifinals

Today

Arundel (7-3) at No. 2 Broadneck (10-0)

Region: Class 4A East

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The area's best passing game goes against arguably the best defense. Arundel invades Cape St. Claire with QB Bobby Schram, who has thrown for an area-leading 2,238 yards and 24 TDs, and his bevy of receivers led by Danny Marin (34 receptions, 502 yards, 5 TDs). Broadneck's defense has posted five shutouts and given up just 5.2 points a game, with DB Kyle Bloomfield leading Anne Arundel County in interceptions with six. Also, Bruins junior PK Chris Desautels has a county-record 10 FGs. Broadneck escaped Gambrills with a 17-14 regular-season win when Bryan Jones' 27-yard FG attempt with 47 seconds left was ruled no good.

Thomas Stone (8-2) at No. 11 Old Mill (8-2)

Region: Class 4A East

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After losing two in a row late in the season, Old Mill won its last two to earn the No. 2 seed in the East region. The Patriots reverted to "smash-mouth" football, with sophomore RB Ryan Callahan emerging as a threat from anywhere on the field as his 14 TDs and 11.4 yards a carry for 841 yards on only 74 attempts attested. Old Mill is making its fifth straight playoff appearance, one short of the county-record six by Annapolis through last season, but the Patriots are 0-6 in the postseason. Old Mill will have to contain the Cougars' balanced running attack led by QB Frankie Warren and FB Mike Dodson, who have combined for 1,400 rushing yards and 18 TDs.

Dundalk (5-5) at Bel Air (6-3)

Region: Class 3A North

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: It has been a roller-coaster season for Dundalk, which was hit hard by injuries while losing four of its last six games. Dundalk is known for its big offensive line, but the key may be how well the Owls' defense contains Bel Air standout quarterback Andrew Berry (1,281 yards, 18 TDs) and his receiving tandem of twin brother Adam Berry (605 yards, 8 TDs) and Willie Bell (539 yards, 8 TDs). Andrew Berry threw two touchdown passes in the Bobcats' season-opening 28-8 win over the Owls.

Patapsco (5-5) vs. No. 7 Randallstown (8-2)

Region: Class 3A North

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: CCBC-Catonsville

Outlook: Patapsco overcame a three-game losing streak by winning three of its final five games to earn the school's first playoff berth. In Randallstown, however, the Patriots will face a traditional power that earned its 16th state playoff berth, and which is riding a five-game winning streak under first-year coach Albert Howard. Maryland-bound DB-WR-QB Christian Varner leads Randallstown, winner of two state titles.

Severna Park (5-5) at Westlake (9-1)

Region: Class 3A South

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: In making the trek to Waldorf, the Falcons hope to prove that a .500 team belongs in the playoffs. Severna Park is the fourth seed and has had trouble scoring, averaging just 13.2 points a game while giving up 12.3. Falcon LBs Andrew Ferris, Alex Kin and Ryan Budka will have to bring their A-game to stop the Wolverines' running attack led by Jared Fagan, who has run for nearly 1,200 yards and 16 TDs. The winner gets the Northern (8-2)/Lackey (9-1) victor in the region final.

Walkersville (7-3) at No. 4 South Carroll (9-1)

Region: Class 2A West

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll, the top seed in the class, is quite familiar with its first-round playoff opponent. Just three weeks ago, the host Cavaliers rebounded from a sluggish first half against Walkersville to pull away to a 35-16 win. Quarterback T.J. Swanson threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns, including three to wide receiver Ryan Mullen. Look for more of the same from the Carroll County champions, who have torched opponents through the air during their current seven-game winning streak, scoring an average of 42 points. Walkersville, led by running back Antoine Crawford (1,177 yards, 11 touchdowns), has lost two of three following a 6-1 start.

Western Tech (7-1) vs. No. 1 Eastern Tech (10-0)

Region: Class 2A North

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: CCBC-Essex

Outlook: The Wolverines of first-year coach Al Lagon, in the playoffs for the first time, will meet the Mavericks, who are in the playoffs for the sixth time since debuting in 1997. Eastern Tech, the Class 3A state runner-up in '98, has 10 shutouts during a 16-game, regular-season winning streak, including seven shutouts this season. QB-DB Dwight Tillman and RB Jeremy Williams (6-0, 225) lead Western Tech, and RB Dietrich Wright (25 TDs), QB Josh Hager (26-0 as a starter), DB Tom Farmer and DL Wayne Martin lead Eastern Tech.

Edgewood (6-3) at No. 10 Aberdeen (8-1)

Region: Class 2A East

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: These bitter rivals played a thrilling game on Oct. 10, with Aberdeen winning, 26-22, thanks to Carl Stokes' 10-yard touchdown run with 8:33 to play. This one should be just as competitive, with the Eagles riding a six-game winning streak and sporting a red-hot passing attack led by senior quarterback Erin Henderson (1,191 yards, 11 TDs). The Rams do much of their work on the ground behind backs Corey Trice (1,132 yards and 11 TDs) and Ike Wright (838 yards, 10 TDs). Wright rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown in the earlier game.

Elkton (5-4) at No. 12 Havre de Grace (8-1)

Region: Class 1A North

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Havre de Grace, the Harford County co-champions and last year's region titlist, will try to rebound after last week's 37-9 loss to Aberdeen as they meet the Golden Elks of Cecil County. The Warriors are the top seed, while Elkton comes in as No. 4. Havre de Grace's defense is led by Steve Mitchell, who led Harford County with 135 total tackles, averaging 15 per game. On offense, the Warriors depend on senior quarterback Shane West (920 yards, 7 TDs) and senior tailback Mike Perez (1,070 yards, 10 TDs), who sat out must of the Aberdeen game with a sprained ankle.

Joppatowne (4-5) at Loch Raven (5-4)

Region: Class 1A North

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Despite their records, this is an intriguing matchup, with the visiting Mariners, 2A state runners-up in 2001, against the Raiders, Baltimore County 2A-1A champs who have won five of their past six games to reach the postseason for the first time since 1984. Loch Raven RB Quentin Burley (20 TDs) scored a state-record eight TDs in a win over Chesapeake. Joppatowne, in its 10th playoff appearance, is led by RB Brent Cash, who scored four touchdowns in a win over Bel Air, and DE-LB Jeremy Navarre, a state-champion wrestler who had 13 tackles, a sack and caused two fumbles in a win over No. 10 Aberdeen.

W.E.B. DuBois (7-2) at Poolesville (10-0)

Region: Class 1A South

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The visiting Panthers, a second-year program coached by former All-Metro QB Dante Carter, are in the playoffs for the first time and are led by QB-DB Marcus Parham and LB Jose Figueroa. The Indians of first-year coach Larry Hurd earned their eighth playoff berth after being 2-6 last season. Parham has rushed and passed for a total of 22 touchdowns, returned three of eight interceptions for scores and returned two fumbles for touchdowns. The Indians are balanced with RBs Vince Riggs (1,275 yards), Greg Brooks (seven TDs), WR Josh Funk (24 receptions, 543 yards, seven TDs) and QB Gary Ward (14 passing TDs, six rushing TDs).

Tomorrow

Lake Clifton (6-2) at No. 3 Woodlawn (9-1)

Region: Class 4A North

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Lakers, champions of Division II in Baltimore City, are making their fifth state playoff appearance as they play Woodlawn, Baltimore County's Class 4A-3A titlist. Leading Woodlawn, in its 11th playoff berth, is Maryland-bound OL-DL Scott Burley (6-6, 320), LB Damon Garnett (6-0, 220) and QB Justin Ross (1,653 passing yards, 12 TDs). The Lakers are led by LB Damon Foster, RB Ronald Scott and QB Ivan Bailey.

Perry Hall (7-3) vs. No. 13 Patterson (8-2)

Region: Class 4A North

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Lake Clifton

Outlook: After going 2-8 last year, Perry Hall has been resurrected under first-year coach Nick Arminio. Arminio has the Gators of Baltimore County in the state playoffs for the fifth time, but their first since 1993. Patterson of Baltimore City takes a seven-game winning streak into its eighth playoffs, led by LB-RB Thomas Smith (1,447, 25 TDs) and a starting defense that has allowed only 14 points against five shutouts.

Mount Hebron (7-3)) at Douglas-PG (10-0)

Region: Class 3A East

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Mount Hebron has been the underdog all season after going 2-7 a year ago. A victory last week over five-time state champion Wilde Lake put the fourth-seeded Vikings into the playoffs for the first time since 1982. Despite a running attack that features sophomore Chris Eccleston (868 yards, 6 TDs) and junior QB Kyle Barnett (83-135; 1,124 yards) and an offense that averages 25.4 ppg, the Vikings will be the underdogs. Douglas is the 3A-2A Prince George's champ and has allowed 5.4 ppg. The Eagles' QB is Syracuse-bound Quinton Brown, who has more than 1,000 yards rushing.

No. 9 River Hill (8-2) at Gwynn Park (9-1)

Region: Class 3A East

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Third-seeded River Hill earned the first playoff spot in its eight-year history by ending Glenelg's 35-game, regular-season winning streak last week. QB Ben Hostetler (1,134 yards passing, 13 TDs), RB Tim Morgan (860 yards, 6TDs) and TE Ben Nowak (57 catches, 622 yards, 6 TDs) lead an offense that has averaged 26.6 ppg against a Yellow Jackets defense that allows only 7.3 ppg. Gwynn Park QB Lamar Hyson (769 yards passing, 9 TDs) leads an offense that has averaged 29.9 ppg. The second-seeded Yellowjackets are in their fourth straight playoffs.

Southern-AA (8-2) at No. 6 Glenelg (9-1)

Region: Class 2A South

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Second-seeded Glenelg earned its fourth straight playoff berth despite having its 35-game regular-season winning streak snapped last week by River Hill. Fourth-seeded Southern-AA is making its second straight appearance but has not won a playoff game in 10 years. The teams each have averaged at least four TDs per game. Glenelg's high-powered running offense (33.6 ppg) is led by RB Tim Siders (1,153 yards, 14 TDs), while RB A. J. Lee (1,300 yards, 15 TDs), at 5 feet 6, 140 pounds, leads the Bulldogs (28.3 ppg). The return of RB/LB Bobby Atwell should help the Bulldogs tremendously. Glenelg has a better defense (10 ppg) than Southern (17.8 ppg).

No. 8 Hereford(8-2) vs. No. 14 Poly (9-1)

Region: Class 2A North

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: City College

Outlook: Perhaps the weekend's most intriguing matchup. The Bulls, Baltimore County's two-time defending 2A state champions, are led by All-Metro OL-DL Joe Akers (11 sacks), second-team All-Metro DE Billy Reuter (40 career sacks), second-team All-City/County DB Ray Wittelsberger (17 career INTs), DL Shomari Cromwell (six sacks) and LB Alex Butt (six sacks). Baltimore City's Division I-champion Engineers are led by RB Jasmond Walker, WR Jasphur Montgomery (6-3, 175), LB-RB Shanorm Young and TE-WR-DE Almayo Wilder (6-4, 205). Hereford is attempting to reach its eighth straight state semifinal in its eighth straight playoff berth under ninth-year coach Steve Turnbaugh. Poly, under first-year coach Anthony Knox, is in its fifth state playoffs since '93.

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