It's one of those "why can't I be in three places at once" nights in Anne Arundel County football.
Ranked teams will square off in Annapolis and at Anne Arundel Community College, and No. 4 North County opens its new stadium in Linthicum as the marquee games of tonight's high school football schedule.
No. 15 Mount St. Joseph visits No. 9 Annapolis in a match-up of 2-0 teams at 7:30 p.m. and archrivals No. 11 St. Mary's and No. 14 Severn also put unbeaten records on the line in Arnold at 7 p.m.
Chesapeake (1-1) is the unenviable guest as North County (1-1) christens its digs in what coach Chuck Markiewicz said until a better name comes up will be called "Death Valley."
Those are three of 10 games involving Anne Arundel County teams to be played tonight with seven right here in the county.
Severna Park and Southern are on the road tomorrow to complete the 12-game weekend slate, which will be reduced in size next week when the eight Class 4A schools jump into league play.
St. Joe at Annapolis promises to be a very exciting game because the visiting Gaels are on the way up under new coach Mike Working after a few down years and the Panthers are solid, not to mention quick, on both sides of the ball.
The Panthers took last year's meeting, 6-0, and a defensive struggle could be in line again. Certainly the Gaels won't have an easy time like they did last week in a visit to St. Paul VI of Virginia where they rolled, 48-8.
Annapolis has taken two tough games over Largo of Prince George's County by 20-13 and last week by 21-9 over a much improved and huge Westminster of Carroll County.
Coach Roy Brown's Panthers passed a stern test in the second half last week when they shut down Westminster after trailing, 9-7, at the half. It should take an even better effort to stop the Gaels' offense tonight because sophomore quarterback Lucas Phillips can throw and junior running back Juvon Norris can fly.
The Saints-Admirals' rivalry is one of the best and is not in its traditional season-ending spot because of league obligations. But that won't detract from the hype of this one.
Both teams are well-coached, unbeaten and run and defense oriented. St. Mary's took last year's outing, 24-12, its second in a row over Severn, leaving sixth-year head coach Brad Best 2-3 against the Admirals.
Severn won the first three times with Best on the other side while Admirals' coach Jim Doyle is 2-0 against the Saints, winning, 16-6, in 1991 and, 21-14, in 1992. Alan Pastrana coached last year's loss and resigned afterward with Doyle coming out of a brief retirement.
Markiewicz said his scouts are telling him that Chesapeake, an 8-7 loser to Rockville last week when an intentional safety late in the game backfired, "is the best Chesapeake team they've seen in quite some time."
The Cougars are definitely a team to be wary of and Markiewicz never takes any team lightly even though the Cougars were humbled, 51-14, last season by the Knights. North County is coming off a tough loss, 14-9, at Crossland in Prince George's.
Another interesting game is Arundel (2-0) at Broadneck (1-1). Led by two-way back/punter Casey Trout, coach Bill Zucco's Wildcats will be out to avenge last year's 22-15 loss to the Bruins and their coach Jeff Herrick, who once played and coached for Zuke. Broadneck is coming off a 26-14 loss to Glen Burnie.
Glen Burnie (1-1) will try to make it two in a row on a visit to the Eastern Shore and Queen Anne's (0-2) while Old Mill, Meade, South River and Northeast still are looking for their first wins after 0-2 starts and each faces a 1-1 team.
Old Mill plays host to Bowie of Prince George's, a 39-36 winner over Oxon Hill; Meade is home against Westminster, and South River entertains Bladensburg of Prince George's.
Northeast travels to Patapsco in Baltimore County. Coach Bart Rader's Eagles lost a wild, 28-26 decision to the Patriots last fall.
Also, tonight constantly improving Archbishop Spalding (1-2) journeys to Liberty. The Cavs are coming off a 12-7 defeat to John Carroll (1-1) while Liberty dropped a 32-28 decision to Atholton (2-0) of Howard County last week.
Tomorrow, Southern (1-1) hopes to bounce back from its 14-0 loss to Severn that sent the Dawgs out of The Baltimore Sun Top 15 in a visit to Wilde Lake (1-1) where the Wildecats will be snarling. Wilde Lake was embarrassed, 48-0, a year ago by Southern.
Severna Park visits Montgomery's Springbrook in a 1:30 p.m. contest tomorrow matching 2-0 teams. A victory at the home of the Blue Devils is no easy task.