City (5-1) at Mervo (4-0)
When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Coaches: Anthony "Merc" Ryan, City; Martin Church, Mervo
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH
City: Roderick Brown, Jr., M; Malik Hamm, Sr., D; Ray Glasgow, Jr., D
Mervo: Ernest Georges, Sr., D; Charles Pitt, Jr., A; Ishmael Abdul-Ghani, Jr., G
KEYS TO VICTORY
The host Mustangs claimed a 10-7 win over City in last year's Baltimore City Division A championship game — ending the Knights' run of two straight titles in addition to a 28-game undefeated streak in league play. It was the second straight year the teams met in the title game and first title for Mervo since 2004. Emotions will be high with both teams unbeaten in league play this season. Mervo has leaned on a defense that has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each game. Abdul-Ghani came up big in the fourth quarter of last year's title game — stopping four shots while the attack closed with the game's last four goals. Senior Mykil Brown is a four-year starter who also anchors the back. Each team lost key scorers to graduation with both relying on balanced attacks. For Mervo, Ramone Alleyne is a top scoring threat this season. The Knights also play strong defense and have leaned on a good possession game. Hamm is the starting point at both ends of the field, averaging nearly four goals a game this season.
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH
No. 2 Calvert Hall at No. 3 Boys' Latin, Friday, 4 p.m.
No. 1 McDonogh at No. 6 St. Paul's, Friday, 4 pm.
Saints Peter & Paul at Friends, Friday, 4 p.m.
Park at Mercy, Friday, 4:15 p.m.
Bishop Ireton, Va. at No. 4 Glenelg, Monday, 6:15 p.m.
No. 7 Bryn Mawr at No. 1 McDonogh, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
No. 9 Spalding at No. 8 St. Mary's, Wednesday, 4 p.m.