Outlook: Howard completed its second straight undefeated regular season to win back-to-back Howard County championships for the first time in 40 years. The Lions won their only state title back then, in 1974. Last year, the Lions reached the state semifinals for the first time since 1975, before falling to Old Mill, 10-3. Mervo, the Baltimore City Class 4A-3A champion, has never won a regional title. The Mustangs, whose only loss was to Edmondson, nipped Douglass, 12-6, in its regular-season finale. The Mustangs haven't faced a running back like the Lions Malik Anderson, who has run for 1,315 yards and 16 touchdowns, or a quarterback like Casey Crawford, who threw for more than 300 yards last week and has a season total of more than 1,800 yards passing with 23 touchdowns. The Mustangs, however, have allowed an average of just 8.4 points and have two defensive ends, Malcolm Ali and Dejuan Dallas, who can create havoc for the opposing quarterback. The Mustangs, however, will have to overcome a substantial size disadvantage on the lines, so they will be looking for some big plays to give them an edge over a Lions team with a more high-powered, versatile offense than anything Mervo has seen this season.