Unlikely as it may have seemed three days ago, Severna Park qualified for the state playoffs. But barely.
Severna Park edged Friendly of Prince George's County by 1/200 of a point to gain the final at-large berth in the state Class 4A quarterfinals. The Falcons will visit top-seeded Springbrook of Montgomery County on Saturday at 1 p.m.
To qualify for the state playoffs, No. 13 Severna Park needed a victory over Annapolis on Friday; High Point and Frederick, the two teams that defeated the Falcons the first two weeks of the season, to lose; and Broadneck (2-7) to upset Queen Anne's.
Severna Park beat Annapolis, 34-20, to win its third Anne Arundel County 4A League title in four years, and High Point, Frederick and Broadneck all cooperated.
"I know we're a good football team, and I certainly think we belong in the playoffs," Severna Park coach Andy Borland said.
Records, streaks and milestones: Top-ranked Randallstown, No. Wilde Lake and No. 7 C. Milton each extended their winning streaks to 10 games, the area's longest, during the weekend. Wilde Lake's 18-0 victory over No. 5 Oakland Mills on Saturday ended the Scorpions' winning streak at nine games, and No. 15 Chesapeake of Baltimore County's nine-game winning streak ended Thursday with a 32-30 loss to Towson.
* Sparrows Point's 18-12 loss to Milford Mill on Thursday extended the area's longest losing streak to 12 games.
* Archbishop Spalding's winless streak reached 20 games with a 32-0 loss to Sidwell Friends of Washington on Saturday.
* John Ray of North County tied the Anne Arundel County record of 16 touchdown passes in a season set by Southern's Bob Holman in 1971 in the Knights' 20-0 win over No. 19 Cardinal
Gibbons on Friday.
* Old Mill's William Beverly tied the Anne Arundel County record of 20 touchdowns in a season set by Arundel's Troy Turner in 1985 with a third-quarter touchdown in the seventh-ranked Patriots' 16-7 win over Glen Burnie on Friday.
* Edgewood's Damon Bomar rushed for 338 yards and scored six touchdowns -- both area season highs -- in the No. 15 Rams' 72-34 win over Joppatowne on Thursday. Edgewood's 72 points were the most by an area team since it scored 65 against Bel Air Oct. 26. The 104 points in the game were also an area season high.
* C. Milton Wright completed the first undefeated regular season in its 11-year history with a 40-0 rout of Fallston on Thursday. The Mustangs have not been scored upon in their past four games and have scored 121 points in those games.
* Broadneck's David Taylor rushed for 189 yards in Saturday's 14-6 defeat of Queen Anne's to finish with a school-record 975 yards rushing for the season.
All tied up: No. 4 Gilman clinched at least a share of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title with its 20-8 victory over McDonogh on Saturday. Three other league titles have multiple owners: Severn gained a share of the MSA C Conference title along with St. Mary's and St. Paul's with its 45-6 rout of Southwestern on Saturday; Towson and Chesapeake finished in a tie for first place in the Baltimore County 3A League by virtue of the Generals' upset of Chesapeake; Westminster and Thomas Johnson won during the weekend to finish in a tie for first in the Central Maryland Conference.
And the winners are: The following teams won league titles with weekend victories: Patterson (MSA B Conference Division I), Randallstown (Baltimore County 4A), No. 18 Overlea (Baltimore County 3A), Severna Park (Anne Arundel County 4A), Wilde Lake (Howard County) and C. Milton Wright (Harford County).
Senior Michael Mack's last game at Boys' Latin was a memorable one.
Mack, a wide receiver, found out Thursday that he would be starting at quarterback Friday against Douglass in place of injured quarterback Matt Proutt, who had aggravated a shoulder injury in practice.
With just one day of practice at quarterback, Mack responded by rushing for two touchdowns and passing for another, as Boys' Latin scored a season-high 36 points to down the Ducks, 36-8.
The Overlea-Franklin regular-season finale lost some of its luster this season.
In recent years, the game was a matchup for first place in the Baltimore County 3A League, but Franklin was not in contention this time, and Overlea rolled to a 46-6 victory on Thursday to clinch the league title. The win was Overlea's 50th in five seasons.
Overlea, a Class 2A school that plays a 3A schedule, has qualified for the state playoffs five straight years, and will meet Wicomico County's James M. Bennett in a 2A quarterfinal game at Wicomico Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.
After a 20-16 season-opening loss to Elkton, Overlea has won eight straight, a feat that surprises even Overlea coach Terry Ward.
"I'm amazed," he said. "We have nine kids who have never played football at any level. We were just teaching them the rules for a while. The kids have really responded and gotten better every week."
North County showed that it has some run in its run-and-shoot offense.