But after all the games were played and the final calculations made, it was good news for Edgewood and Oakland Mills, but Woodlawn and Towson will have to wait until next season.
The state's playoff points system gives a school eight points for a victory over a Class 4A opponent, seven points for a 3A victory, six points for a 2A victory and five points for a 1A win. Teams also earn one bonus point for each victory a beaten opponent gets during the season. The four region winners and the next four teams with the highest point averages from each classification advance to the state quarterfinals.
Woodlawn fell three points short of the eighth and final Class 4A playoff spot. The Warriors needed a loss from High Point, Largo, Paint Branch or North County to get in, but all four teams won.
"I'm disappointed for the kids," Woodlawn coach George Goudy said. "The last four weeks I think we played as good as anyone in the state. I'm satisfied with the season. We had mostly sophomores and juniors last year, and they came back from 3-7 to go 8-2."
Just one point separated three teams in the race for the last two Class 2A playoff berths. Oakland Mills had one more point than Edgewood and Towson to claim the seventh seed, and Edgewood beat Towson by having two more bonus points than the Generals.
"I'm getting used to this. This is the fourth year in a row we just missed getting in," said Towson coach Bob Davis, whose team has gone 30-10 over the past four seasons.
Towson would have made it instead of Edgewood, but the Rams rallied to defeat Joppatowne, 27-26, Friday, on a 40-yard touchdown pass with 43 seconds remaining.
Edgewood's win, combined with James M. Bennett's loss and Eleanor Roosevelt's last-minute, 14-12 win over DuVal, sent the Rams to the state playoffs for the third time in four years.
"My assistant, Kevin Tyree, was calling all over the state [Saturday] getting scores," Edgewood coach Kevin Reilly said. "We had it figured out that if DuVal beat Eleanor Roosevelt, Central would have gotten a bonus point and beaten us by .03 of a point."
Records, streaks, milestones
* No. 2 Wilde Lake extended the area's longest winning streak to 23 with a 58-0 rout of Glenelg on Saturday.
* Sparrows Point's 44-0 loss to Hereford on Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 22.
* No. 3 C. Milton Wright completed its second consecutive undefeated regular season with its 21-0 win over Fallston on Friday. The Mustangs have won 23 straight non-playoff games.
* Patapsco's John Snook kicked a 43-yard field goal, believed to be a school record, against No. 4 Overlea on Friday.
Time wasn't on their side
Less than two minutes.
That's all that stood between a 6-4 mark and an unbeaten season for No. 17 Annapolis.
The Panthers lost three games in the last minute -- two on the last offensive play -- and one in overtime after missing a short field-goal try with 30 seconds left in regulation.
The latest heartbreaker for Annapolis came against rival Severna Park on Friday. Annapolis had the ball and a 14-10 lead with 1:47 left, but Juan Johnson and Mario Dominick mistimed a handoff and Severna Park's Bryan Stephens recovered at his 49. The 15th-ranked Falcons moved the ball to the 6, and Tim Bowerman completed a pass to John Milisitz for a touchdown as time expired.
A fond farewell
Fred Kaiss ended his two-year coaching stint at Southwestern on Friday with one of his biggest victories.
Southwestern, a Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference team, upset MSA B Conference champion Edmondson, 19-18, to spoil the 19th-ranked Redskins' homecoming.
"The team was very emotional, because they knew it was the last game I'd be with them," said Kaiss, who announced he would not return for next season. "It was also satisfying to beat the B Conference's best team. I believe that some of the C Conference teams are capable of beating about 75 percent of the B Conference teams."
Kaiss rebuilt Southwestern's program, compiling an 11-7 record after the Sabers finished 0-9 as a member of the B Conference in 1989.
Who needs offense to win?
Mervo succeeded in shutting down Southern of Baltimore's offense on Friday, but Southern's special teams and defense proved to be the difference.
In Southern's 14-12 win, the Bulldogs scored touchdowns on a 50-yard punt return by Darnell Earl and a 23-yard return of a fumble by Sean Bushrod.
* Most TDs: Jeff Carroll, Milford Mill; Scott Mills, South Carroll; Daryl Ray, Eastern Vo-Tech, 4.
* Longest TD rushing: Tex DeLeon, Towson, 73 yards.
* Longest TD passing: Joe Goodwin, South Carroll, 80 yards to Scott Mills.
* Longest kickoff return for a TD: David Macauley, Broadneck, 78 yards.
* Longest punt return for a TD: Mike Banegura, Towson, 71
* Longest interception return for a TD: Paul Lancione, Chesapeake-BC, 48 yards.
* Longest fumble recovery and return for a TD: John Bruns, Towson, 52 yards.
* Longest field goal: John Snook, Patapsco, 43 yards.
* Tyrese Barmer, Overlea, 23 carries, 256 yards, 3 TDs.
* Demont Blackmon, Aberdeen, 15 carries, 231 yards.
* Daryl Ray, Eastern Vo-Tech, 32 carries, 206 yards, 4 TDs.
* Joe Goodwin, South Carroll, 12-for-16, 286 yards, 4 TDs.
* Michael Brammer, Loch Raven, 11-for-17, 178 yards, 2 TDs.
* Tito Coley, Aberdeen, 6-for-12, 170 yards, 2 TDs.
* Scott Mills, South Carroll, 7 catches, 243 yards, 4 TDs.
* Demont Blackmon, Aberdeen, 3 catches, 163 yards, 2 TDs.
* Mike Graebner, Towson, 4 catches, 106 yards, 1 TD.
Note: Top performances are based on statistics reported to The Sun.