Maryland state high school regional football finals set for this weekend, Nov. 21, 22
The schedule is set for next weekend's regional football championships with the winners advancing one step closer to the state finals at M&T Bank Stadium the first weekend in December.
The field includes three defending state champions -- Franklin in Class 3A, Northwest in 4A and Fort Hill in 1A. It also includes seven undefeated teams, including one matchup of unbeatens, Linganore vs. Damascus, in Class 3A West.
Also unbeaten: Howard and Eleanor Roosevelt in 4A, Douglass-PG in 2A and Fort Hill and FAET in 1A. Fort Hill extended its winning streak to 25 games, the state's longest active winning streak. Howard owns the Baltimore area's longest run, 11 games.
Of the 32 regional semifinalists, 19 are former state champs with 49 crowns among them. All eight programs in Class 4A have won before, combining for 11 crowns although only five have been won in this century. Arundel, Howard and Paint Branch haven't won since the mid-'70s.
Five teams in Class 3A have won before, but they have 19 among them. Damascus has seven, Linganore has five and River Hill, four.
Only two in Class 2A have won before with Dunbar claiming the most of any regional finalist with nine. The Poets now have 46 playoff wins, more than any team in tournament history. Friday night, they meet the only other team in the 2A playoffs with a state title trophy, Eastern Tech, which won five years ago.
Class 1A features four former champs who have combined for nine state titles. Fort Hill has three as does Cambridge-South Dorchester.
Here is the schedule for the football regional semifinals Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22:
Class 4A North Paint Branch (9-2) at Howard (11-0), Friday, 7