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Here’s what’s next for the 10 Baltimore area high school football teams competing in the Maryland state semifinals

Three 11-0 football teams — No. 5 Dunbar, No. 7 Dundalk and No. 12 South Carroll — are among the 10 Baltimore area squads that remain alive as the state semifinal round begins for the six classifications Friday night.

Dundalk and South Carroll — both vying for their first state titles — will play the only semifinal games that feature two area opponents.

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In Class 4A/3A, top-seeded Dundalk hosts Arundel (8-3), while South Carroll, seeded second in Class 2A/1A, hosts Harford Tech (9-1). Both games are 7 p.m. Friday.

Dunbar, the top seed in Class 2A/1A, is two wins away from bringing home the program’s 11th state title. The Poets will host fourth-seeded Lackey at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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The Class 2A bracket has a chance for an all-Baltimore area championship game. No. 10 Milford Mill (11-1) is traveling to Huntingtown after Chris Butler rushed for 149 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 35-3 victory over Glenelg, while No. 14 Oakland Mills (11-1), which is in the state semifinals for the first time since 2001 after scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to earn a 22-14 come-from-behind victory over Owings Mills, is hosting Douglass-PG.

Edmondson (8-4) beat Colonel Richardson, 42-20, in the quarterfinals and will travel to state power Fort Hill in Class 1A.

In Class 3A, Chesapeake-AA (9-2) will visit Northern-Calvert after the Cougars blanked No. 13 Atholton, 27-0. No. 11 Mervo (9-1), a 34-7 winner over North Point, is making its third straight semifinal appearance at Sherwood in Class 4A/3A.

Arundel beat Seneca Valley, 29-21, in the Class 4A/3A quarterfinals after it returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in the third quarter for the deciding points. Hunter Green added two rushing touchdowns, while Jake Long completed a 6-yard pass to Clinton Mills for the other Wildcats score in a game that was tied at 21 at the half.

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This week’s winners will next take aim at the big prize with the state championship games Dec. 2-4 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith, whose Poets are coming off a 64-6 win over Gwynn Park in the quarterfinals, sees a healthy team that’s playing sound football as it prepares for its 22nd state semifinal appearance. Smith had a team meeting Monday to emphasize the importance of staying in the moment.

“When you get to the state semifinals, a lot of times, teams will see all the hoopla about being in Annapolis and things like that,” he said. “And one thing that I told my guys is this is a trap game and we can’t get caught up in all that and overlook this game. Every team playing this game is a regional champion and we have lost this game a few times, so I told the guys we have to really focus and they understood that. We had a good practice [Monday] and good practices the rest of the week. "

No team will be more determined to continue playing than Mervo, which dedicated its season to Elijah Gorham, a senior wide receiver who died in October after suffering a serious injury during a game in September. The Mustangs have won five straight games, outscoring their two playoff opponents by a 76-10 margin.

Several players will hope to carry over standout performances from quarterfinal round play.

Milford Mill running back Chris Butler enjoyed a 149-yard, four-touchdown effort in the Millers’ 35-3 win over Glenelg.

South Carroll quarterback Ryan Barnard threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns as the Cavaliers advanced with a 27-7 win over Williamsport.

South Carroll's Jackson Strzelczyk raises the ball in the air after a fourth-quarter touchdown catch in the Cavaliers' 27-7 win over Williamsport in a Class 2A/1A state quarterfinal last Friday.
South Carroll's Jackson Strzelczyk raises the ball in the air after a fourth-quarter touchdown catch in the Cavaliers' 27-7 win over Williamsport in a Class 2A/1A state quarterfinal last Friday. (Brian Krista/Carroll County Times)

Harford Tech running back Kelvin Mendez rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns in the Cobras’ 42-6 win over Largo.

Chesapeake, a sixth seed, leaned on its defense to beat Atholton, for its second straight postseason road win.

Dundalk kept its perfect season intact when quarterback Calvin Stokes found Marcus Nicholson on a 48-yard strike with 3:21 to play as the Owls overcame a 15-0 second-half deficit for a 20-15 win over Urbana.

“The kids showed a great amount of poise and determination. Even when we were down 15-0, they never broke their character, they dug deep and found a way to win,” Dundalk coach Matt Banta said. “No one was ready to go home yet.”

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