The final week of the area public high school football season kicks off Thursday. Several league titles will be decided over the next couple of days.
The Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference (UCBAC) has pseudo championship games in the Chesapeake and Susquehanna division Friday evening. Three teams - Liberty, South Carroll and No. 12 Westminster - are vying for the Carroll County Athletic League crown.
One of the nation’s longest rivalry games has a new site, while Anne Arundel County’s version of “The Backyard Brawl,” continues.
Six teams - Atholton, Bel Air, Dunbar, Milford Mill, St. Frances and St. Mary’s - enter the weekend undefeated.
The state public postseason starts next weekend with region playoff games.
Here’s a look at some of the best games of the weekend followed by the complete schedule.
Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (6-2) at Northeast (5-3)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
It’s Dena Bowl XLIV as the Anne Arundel County rivals meet for bragging rights in Pasadena. The Eagles defeated Southern last Friday as Shamar Johnson threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and Karson Carmickle added a rushing touchdown.
Northeast has won five of six after a 0-2 start with its losses this season coming against No. 11 Poly, 14th-ranked Arundel and reigning Carroll County champ and last season’s 2A/1A state finalist South Carroll. Chesapeake’s bid for the Anne Arundel County title ended with a mistake-filled 27-17 loss at Arundel last Friday.
Collin Lewis had a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Cougars, which hold a 25-19 lead over Northeast in the series which started in 1977. Chesapeake won, 55-12, last year, in the second largest margin in series history.
The game also has huge playoff implications for both squads. Chesapeake needs to win to hold on to the No. 2 spot in the Class 3A East Region playoff standings while Northeast can move into the third spot in the 2A South with a victory and a loss by Southern Maryland’s Huntingtown.
City (5-3) vs. No. 11 Poly (7-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Johns Hopkins University
The area’s longest high school football rivalry match is renewed and will be held for the first time at Homewood Field.
Poly held off Patterson, 22-14, last week as Tristan Halley had 113 yards receiving and returned a fumble 68 yards for a touchdown. Jason Lindsey finished with 169 total yards with a rushing and throwing score.
City collected its fifth victory in the last six games with a 30-12 victory over Edmondon in a Baltimore City Division I contest last week. The Knights won last year’s meeting with Poly, 20-18, at Morgan State as the Engineers missed a potential game-winning field goal in the final seconds.
City leads the all-time series, 64-62-6. The rivals, who met a week later in the Class 3A South Region playoffs (City won) last year, are third (Poly) and fourth (City) in the current South standings.
Edgewood (7-1) at No. 15 Bel Air (8-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
The UCBAC Chesapeake Division crown will be decided. Edgewood rebounded from its first loss (vs. Friendship Collegiate Academy of D.C.) with a 42-0 pounding of winless Aberdeen.
Isaiah Meggison rushed for 87 yards and three touchdowns, and Caesar Travers threw for three scores for the Rams. Jahmir Torres had a 78-yard punt return.
Bel Air kept its perfect season intact with a 48-8 road win at Elkton. Nate Furrow rushed for 205 yards and a touchdown, and Tre Dennis finished with five catches for 114 yards and four touchdowns.
Edgewood, which won the UCBAC Chesapeake title last season, has been dominant in Chesapeake play, outscoring foes, 208-20, with four shutouts in five matches (5-0). Bel Air (5-0 Chesapeake) has posted three shutouts in outscoring division opponents, 199-15.
The Rams defeated the Bobcats, 34-15, last season. The winner Friday will likely overtake No. 12 Westminster for the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A North Region playoff standings.
Joppatowne (7-1) at Patterson Mill (7-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
The top spot in the Susquehanna side of the UCBAC will be decided. The Huskies (5-1 Susquehanna) won their sixth straight with a 28-0 decision over North East last Friday.
Senior quarterback Thomas Rodal has paced Patterson Mill’s offense along with running back Theo Druyor and wide receiver Ethan Pridgen. The Huskies, under first-year coach and former Bel Air headman Dave Huryk, are having their best season since 2011 (9-2).
Joppatowne, (5-1 Susquehanna) also under a new coach in Albert Goode, is having its finest season since 2009 when it reached the Class 1A state title game. The Mariners kept pace with a 44-25 victory over Rising Sun last Friday.
Senior quarterback Anthony Wilson threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns, and Steven Robinson added 224 yards rushing and three scores for the Mariners.
Robinson, a senior, has had an impressive season with more than 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns. He’s recorded back-to-back 200-yard games and has the area’s best single-game performance (274 yards vs. North East).
Joppatowne defeated Patterson Mill, 35-14, last season. Friday’s victor will also claim the No. 1 seed for next week’s Class 1A North Region playoffs.
No. 1 St. Frances (5-0) at No. 14 Arundel (7-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
After playing games in Florida, Hawaii, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas, the Panthers play their first game in the Baltimore area. St. Frances, ranked No. 2 nationally by USA Today and MaxPreps last played Sept. 30.
The Panthers needed a fourth quarter rally to defeat Hawaii’s Kahulu. Senior running back Durrell Robinson, a Boston College commit, junior quarterback Michael Van Buren, who holds an offer from Alabama and defensive end Dashawn Womack (LSU commit) headlines a roster laden with Power 5 prospects.
Fair to say, Arundel will be playing the role of David. The Wildcats, who have at least a share of the Anne Arundel County title, defeated Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, 27-17, last Friday. Ahmad Taylor had three rushing scores and junior quarterback Gavin Kamachi threw for 297 yards.
Arundel is currently first in the Class 4A/3A North Region playoff standings, and would receive a bye into the second round (weekend of Nov. 12-13) if it’s able to pull off the upset Friday.
No. 4 Dunbar (8-0) at Edmondson (2-5), 3:45 p.m.
Parkville (3-5) at No. 5 Milford Mill (8-0), 4 p.m.
Carver Vo-Tech (3-4) at Forest Park (5-3), 3 p.m.
Digital Harbor (1-7) vs. Patterson (2-5) at Latrobe Park, 3:45 p.m.
Reginald Lewis (1-6) at Mervo (4-3), 6 p.m.
John Carroll (4-4) vs. Mount Carmel (3-4) at Eastern Regional Park, 6 p.m.
Pikesville (2-6) at Williamsport (5-3), 6 p.m.
No. 6 St. Mary’s (8-0) at St. Paul’s (2-5), 4 p.m.
No. 7 Calvert Hall (3-5) at McDonogh School (3-5), 6 p.m.
City (5-3) vs. No. 11 Poly (7-1) at Johns Hopkins University, 7 p.m.
Edgewood (7-1) at No. 15 Bel Air (8-0), 7 p.m.
Glen Burnie (5-3) at No. 9 Broadneck (7-1), 7 p.m.
Loyola (3-4) at No. 2 Archbishop Spalding (7-1), 7 p.m.
No. 1 St. Frances (5-0) at No. 14 Arundel (7-1), 7 p.m.
No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (6-2) vs. St. Vincent Pallotti (2-5) at Fairland Regional Park, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Westminster (7-1) at Winters Mill (3-4), 7 p.m.
Anne Arundel County
Annapolis (2-6) at South River (3-5), 7 p.m.
Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (6-2) at Northeast (5-3), 7 p.m.
North County (2-6) vs. Meade (4-4), 7 p.m.
Old Mill (5-3) at Severna Park (5-3), 7 p.m.
Southern (3-5) at Crofton (1-7), 7 p.m.
Douglass (4-2) vs. Benjamin Franklin (1-6) at Baybrook Park, 3:45 p.m.
Loch Raven (4-4) at Randallstown (0-8), 4 p.m.
Owings Mills (5-3) at Lansdowne (2-6), 6 p.m.
Woodlawn (2-6) at Franklin (5-3), 6 p.m.
Chesapeake-Baltimore County (1-6) at Perry Hall (5-3), 6:30 p.m.
Towson (0-8) at Kenwood (3-5), 6:30 p.m.
Western Tech (5-3) vs. Catonsville (2-6), 6:30 p.m.
Overlea (2-6) at Sparrows Point (6-2), 7 p.m.
Liberty (5-3) at Century (1-7), 6 p.m.
Francis Scott Key (1-7) at South Carroll (7-1), 6:30 p.m.
C. Milton Wright (4-4) at Aberdeen (0-8), 6 p.m.
Bohemia Manor (5-3) at Perryville (4-4), 7 p.m.
Elkton (4-4) at Harford Tech (4-4), 7 p.m.
Fallston (4-4) at North Harford (2-6), 7 p.m.
Joppatowne (7-1) at Patterson Mill (7-1), 7 p.m.
North East (1-7) at Rising Sun (5-3), 7 p.m.
Largo (6-2) vs. Green Street Academy (5-2) at Babe Ruth Park, 5 p.m.
Manchester Valley (4-4) at Poolesville (7-1), 6:30 p.m.
Curley (4-3) at Riverdale Baptist (2-5), 7 p.m.
No. 13 Dundalk (7-1) at Patapsco (5-3), 10 a.m.
Boys’ Latin (3-4) at No. 8 Concordia Prep (6-2), 1 p.m.
Reservoir (5-3) at No. 10 Atholton (8-0), 1 p.m.
Eastern Tech (5-3) at New Town (5-3), 12:30 p.m.
Hereford (7-1) at Dulaney (5-3), 1:30 p.m.
Severn (6-2) at Annapolis Area Christian (1-6), 1 p.m.
Havre de Grace (0-8) at St. Andrews-Del. (2-3), 12:30 p.m.