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Class 2A state championship

No. 1 Hereford (13-0) vs. Potomac-Prince George's (13-0)

Time: 11 a.m.

Where: M&T; Bank Stadium

Outlook: The coaches have seen each other's teams five times each. Hereford's Steve Turnbaugh has visited the Wolverines' stadium so often, he jokes about how the grandmother of Potomac WR Eric Westbrooks started giving him homemade carrot cake as soon as he arrived. Potomac coach Eric Knight, meanwhile, grew accustomed to eating the pit beef from the concession stand at Hereford's field. But when their teams dress for today's game, the two coaches will leave all the niceties behind. Hereford, boasting the state's most prolific offense, goes after its fourth state title in as many berths in the final. Potomac, with Maryland's stingiest defense, tries for its first state crown in its third championship-game appearance. The game marks the first time two teams with 13-0 records will meet with a title on the line. Hereford won crowns in 1997, 2001 and 2002, and Potomac was runner-up in 1995 and last year, when the Braves lost to Aberdeen.

Class 1A state championship

No. 4 Dunbar (12-1) vs. No. 7 Joppatowne (11-2)

Time: 4 p.m.

Where: M&T; Bank Stadium

Outlook: In a very short amount of time, these two teams have developed a rivalry that has everyone talking. Dunbar, with its record setting players in All-Metro RB Nathan Irby and WR Darron Edwards, is Baltimore City's most successful playoff team. The Poets won state crowns in 1994 and 1995, and are making their fourth state title game appearance. Joppatowne, led by Maryland-bound All-Metro RB-DE-TE Jeremy Navarre, has won two state titles. The Mariners shut out Dunbar, 21-0, in last year's semifinals before beating Beall, 26-6, for the crown. Each team has ties to Poly. Joppatowne's is that coach Bill Waibel is the son of the late Poly coach Augie Waibel, whose Engineers, in 1993, became the first Baltimore City team to reach a state title game. Poly lost to Seneca Valley. Seventh-year Dunbar coach Ben Eaton's connection to Poly is that he was on the sideline as an assistant when the Poets handed Augie Waibel the final loss of his high school coaching career. Since Poly reached that title game, Dunbar and Eaton have carried the city's legacy. It's one Eaton hopes to continue today with a revenge-earning victory.

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