It’s title time for private schools as the area high school football season continues Friday.
The MIAA will crown champions in the A and B conference Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Defending champ and No. 8 Concordia Prep takes on undefeated and No. 7 St. Mary’s in the B title match at 4 p.m.
Second-ranked Archbishop Spalding looks to capture its first A championship when it faces No. 5 and defending champ Calvert Hall at 7:30 p.m. The Cavaliers routed the Cardinals during the regular season.
No. 1 St. Frances, ranked No. 2 in the country by MaxPreps and USA Today, concludes its season against Florida powerhouse IMG Academy at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium.
The state public tournament hits the round of eight as 21 local squads look to advance to the state semifinals on Thanksgiving weekend.
No. 8 Concordia Prep (9-2) vs. No. 7 St. Mary’s (11-0)
What: MIAA B Conference championship
When: Friday, 4 p.m.
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
The league’s two best teams will settle which claims the championship plaque. Concordia gained its shot at repeating, rallying past Archbishop Curley, 27-24, in last Saturday’s semifinal round.
Jordan Brooks’ touchdown pass to junior Keshawn Mister with five minutes, 23 seconds left in regulation was the difference. Mister finished with two touchdowns Saturday.
St. Mary’s moved closer to a perfect season with a 35-10 rout of John Carroll in Annapolis last Saturday evening. Senior quarterback Carson Petitbon threw three touchdown passes and ran for two.
Petitbon, a senior transfer from Gonzaga (D.C.) has been the engineer of a balanced offensive attack. St. Mary’s defense, led by safety Nick Golini (10 interceptions) has allowed 49 points in league play including postseason.
Concordia has an assortment of offensive weapons with Mister and getting snaps at quarterback with Brooks. Josh Derry, a Fairfield University commit, is arguably Concordia’s best offensive threat.
St. Mary’s held Concordia scoreless in the second half of a 21-14 victory at Pascal Field in Annapolis last month. Wyatt Cotton’s 41-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference.
Concordia, which beat Loyola Blakefield (17-3) in last year’s MIAA B final at Calvert Hall, seeks to become the first team since St. Mary’s (2017 and 2018) to go back-to-back as B champs. St. Mary’s is in its fourth title game over the last five full seasons.
Harford Tech (7-4) at South Carroll (9-1)
What: Class 2A/1A state quarterfinal
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
This postseason rewind match will decide which team gets to practice Thanksgiving morning for next Friday’s state semifinals.
Harford Tech eliminated Wicomico County’s Parkside, 30-13 (East Region playoffs), last Friday as Jamaal Pearl rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and Thomas Smith tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Karron Evans.
Smith has three touchdown passes in two postseason games. The Cobras’ defense has allowed 13 points in the postseason, producing five interceptions in a 36-0 rout of North East in the opening round Nov. 4.
South Carroll did all its scoring in the opening half before needing a late fourth quarter fumble recovery to get past Boonsboro in a West Region second round match at Glenelg last Friday. AJ Rodrigues rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Carter Mazalewski added a rushing score.
The Cavaliers, who shared the Carroll County Athletic League title with 3A state quarterfinalist and 11th-ranked Westminster and Liberty, defeated Harford Tech, 14-13, in last year’s 2A/1A state semifinals as Mazalewski caught the winning score with 2 minutes and 7 seconds left in regulation.
The Cobras, winner of four straight, look to advance to the state semifinal round for the third time in the last five full seasons.
No. 15 Franklin (8-3) at River Hill (9-1)
What: Class 3A state quarterfinal
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Two of the area’s “blueblood” programs meet for a spot in next week’s 3A state semifinals. Franklin ended Bel Air’s undefeated season with a 17-7 decision in the second round of the North Region playoffs last Friday.
Anthony Gibson rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown and senior quarterback Billy Hartman threw a 30-yard touchdown to Desean Walker and kicked a 32-yard field goal. Junior safety Kyran Henry added two interceptions.
Franklin, a three-time 3A state champion (recent title in 2018), has won eight of nine after opening with losses to undefeated and No. 3 Milford Mill and MIAA A Conference semifinalist and sixth-ranked Mount St. Joseph. The Indians’ other setback came against 4A/3A state quarterfinalist and No. 12 Dundalk, which reached the 4A/3A state final last year.
River Hill, whose only loss came against undefeated and 10th-ranked Atholton, routed Wilde Lake, 35-0, in the South Region’s second round last Friday. Junior quarterback Omar Hassan ran for two touchdowns and threw scoring passes to Matthew Behrmann and Eke Okojie.
The Hawks from Howard County, in the state tournament’s round of eight for the first time since 2018, have won four state titles (most recent 2012), under the guidance of Brian Van Deusen. Van Deusen is 211-54 in 23 seasons.
Franklin is 149-69 under Anthony Burgos, who’s in his 20th season. River Hill won the previous meeting, 56-7, in the 2006 3A state semifinals.
No. 1 St. Frances (8-0) vs. IMG Academy-FLA (7-1)
When: 7 p.m.
Where: University of Maryland
St. Frances look to make a bid at the nation’s No. 1 ranking in its season finale. The Panthers, ranked No. 2 in the latest MaxPreps and USA Today national polls, have road victories over strong competition from Florida, Hawaii, Missouri (game played in Ohio), South Carolina and Texas.
A victory over IMG Academy, a perennial national Top 10 program, would strengthen the East Baltimore school’s argument. Like St. Frances, IMG, ranked No. 10 by MaxPreps and 11th by USA Today, has a deep lineup of Power 5 prospects including Georgia commit Gabriel Harris (defensive end), Miami pledges Jayden Wayne (defensive end) and Francis Mauigoa (offensive line), Samuel M’Pemba (defensive line), Carnell Tate (wide receiver) and Desmond Ricks (defensive end).
Dashawn Womack, a defensive end commit to LSU, headlines St. Frances along with running back Durell Robinson (committed to Boston College), defensive linemen Brian Simms (Cincinnati) and Sam Greene (USC), and junior quarterback Michael Van Buren.
St. Frances defeated IMG, 34-24, last season in Florida after an impressive 35-7 effort in 2019 at Morgan State University.
Old Mill (8-3) at Quince Orchard (11-0)
What: Class 4A state quarterfinal
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
The Patriots face arguably their toughest challenge of the season. The Anne Arundel County school defeated Glen Burnie, 32-0, in the second round of the East Region playoffs last Frday.
Maximus Jones rushed for 200 yards for Old Mill, and Daquan Dorsey added a rushing score. The Millersville school has won seven of its last eight decisions after a 1-2 start.
Quince Orchard is the state’s top public program. The defending state 4A champs from Montgomery County, ranked No. 5 in the state media football poll, defeated league rival Northwest, 24-14 in the West Region second round last Saturday.
Nino Marzullo had a rushing touchdown and Zack Zarchin caught a touchdown pass. The Cougars, led by Duke commit Kendall Johnson (linebacker) have won 25 straight decisions, including a 41-6 victory over Old Mill in last year’s 4A quarterfinals.
No. 5 Calvert Hall (6-5) vs. No. 2 Archbishop Spalding (10-1)
What: MIAA A Conference championship
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
One team looks to continue its reign while the other is primed to make history in the penultimate match of the MIAA A season.
Defending champ and third-seed Calvert Hall defeated host and No. 2 seed Mount St. Joseph, 21-13, for the second straight year as senior quarterback Noah Brannock scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. Senior running back Daniel Harper Jr. rushed for 97 yards as the Cardinals totaled 265 yards on the ground.
Calvert Hall has won three straight, starting with an improbable fourth quarter rally at McDonogh. The Cardinals, who defeated McDonogh in last year’s final, seek to become the first back-to-back MIAA A champ since St. Frances won three in a row (2016 to 2018).
Top-seed Spalding gained its first A Conference postseason victory with a 41-6 decision over McDonogh last Friday. Malik Washington threw three touchdown passes to senior Max Moss.
The Cavaliers have been the best team in the MIAA A this season, led by dynamic first-year starter Washington. Spalding has outscored league opponents (including playoffs), 280-79.
Washington threw for three scores and senior running back Hakeem Simms added two rushing touchdowns as the Cavaliers routed the Cardinals, 42-7, in Towson, in the league opener for both back in September.
MIAA B Conference championship at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium - No. 8 Concordia Prep (9-2) vs. No. 7 St. Mary’s (11-0), 4 p.m.
Class 2A/1A state quarterfinal - Elkton (6-5) vs. No. 4 Dunbar (10-0) at Sugar Cain Field, 6:30 p.m.
Class 2A state quarterfinal - Middletown (8-3) at No. 13 Hereford (10-1), 6:30 p.m.
Class 2A state quarterfinal - Walkersville (6-5) at No. 3 Milford Mill (11-0), 6:30 p.m.
Class 3A state quarterfinal - No. 15 Franklin (8-3) at River Hill (9-1), 6:30 p.m.
Class 3A state quarterfinal - St. Charles (8-3) at No. 10 Atholton (10-0), 6:30 p.m.
Class 4A state quarterfinal - Winston Churchill (9-2) at Broadneck (9-1), 6:30 p.m.
Class 3A state quarterfinal - Oakdale (9-2) at No. 11 Westminster (10-1), 7 p.m.
Class 4A/3A state quarterfinal - Blake (8-3) at No. 12 Dundalk (9-1), 7 p.m.
Class 4A/3A state quarterfinal - Seneca Valley (8-3) at No. 14 Arundel (8-2), 7 p.m.
MIAA A Conference championship at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium - No. 5 Calvert Hall (6-5) vs. No. 2 Archbishop Spalding (10-1), 7:30 p.m.
Class 1A - Bohemia Manor (7-4) at Mountain Ridge (10-0), 6:30 p.m.
Class 1A - Lake Clifton (7-3) at Joppatowne (10-1), 6:30 p.m.
Class 2A/1A - Harford Tech (7-4) at South Carroll (10-1), 6:30 p.m.
Class 3A - Long Reach (9-2) at Damascus (9-1), 6:30 p.m.
Class 4A/3A - Perry Hall (7-3) at Urbana (10-1), 6:30 p.m.
Class 1A - Forest Park (7-3) at Brunswick (8-3), 7 p.m.
Class 1A - Perryville (7-4) at Fort Hill (10-1), 7 p.m.
Class 4A - Old Mill (8-3) at Quince Orchard (11-0), 7 p.m.