Six local football teams earned their way into the state semifinals, but you will only be able to catch one game, because all of them play at the same time: Friday at 7 p.m. No. 1 River Hill, No. 2 Old Mill, No. 7 Hereford and No. 8 Dunbar hit the road while No. 6 Joppatowne and No. 11 Eastern Tech play at home.
River Hill is looking for its 41st consecutive win when it travels to meet Huntingtown, also undefeated, in a Class 3A semifinal. The state record is 54 straight wins by City in 1941. Urbana made it to 50 in 2001. The Hawks, who won the last two state Class 2A crowns, have not lost since the state Class 3A final in 2006.
Old Mill, which moved up to No. 2 after knocking off then-No. 1 Arundel, 58-55, in double overtime Friday, has gotten 2,071 yards rushing this fall from Josh Furman, who had 414 of them in Friday night's game. The Patriots average 300 yards rushing and will challenge defending Class 4A champion Sherwood, which allows just 7.2 points per game.
Undefeated Joppatowne gets big plays from quarterback Dominic Harper and likely will need some more against Allegany in Class 1A. Harper accounted for 72 percent of the Mariners' total offense in Friday's 22-14 regional final win over Havre de Grace.
In Class 3A, Hereford is making its 11th appearance in the state semifinals. The Bulls head to Linganore, last year's Class 4A runner-up, and are aiming for their third state title.
Dunbar has won 10 straight games since falling to Patterson in Week 2. The Poets, who will be on the road to Catoctin, aim for their fourth straight state Class 1A crown, which would tie Urbana's state record of four in a row between 1998 and 2001.
Eastern Tech is among four Class 2A semifinalists who have never won a state title. The Mavericks, who have been in the playoffs seven straight years, reached the title game the past two years but fell to River Hill. They meet Douglass-PG at CCBC-Essex.
- Katherine Dunn