Games To Watch

November 14, 2007|By PAT O'MALLEY


No. 8 Eastern Tech vs. No. 13 Poly

Where -- CCBC-Essex

When -- Friday, 7 p.m.

Outlook -- These two teams last met in the first round of the 2004 playoffs and Eastern Tech routed Poly, 50-0. The undefeated Mavericks (10-0) took the top seed in the Class 2A North. Poly (8-2) is the No. 4 seed and is coming off a bitter 26-20 loss to archrival City in the 119th meeting of the two teams. Eastern Tech beat Patapsco, 41-0, Friday to finish a perfect regular season and has yet to be significantly challenged by an opponent. It was the Mavericks' third shutout, and they have outscored their foes 408-47 with Travis Crane at the controls of the team. For the Engineers, Lee Reynolds has scored 25 touchdowns. Poly has outscored its opponents 314-124 including three shutouts of its own.

North Carroll @ No. 11 Perry Hall

When -- Friday, 7 p.m.

Outlook -- The Gators' defense, led by junior linebacker Dave Stinebaugh, who also plays tight end, has given up just 8.3 points per game and will be tested by North Carroll's passing combination of Stefan Mitchell to Zach Westfall. The Panthers (8-2) have scored 27.9 points per game. The Gators (9-1) have averaged 25.2. North Carroll, 6-14 over the past two seasons, is the No. 4 seed in the 4A North, while Perry Hall is the top seed. The Gators lost to eventual state finalist Sherwood, 37-22, in last year's regional final.

Forestville vs. No. 2 Dunbar

Where -- Poly

When -- Saturday, 1 p.m.

Outlook -- Fourth-seeded Forestville (6-3) of Prince George's County is in the unenviable position of playing its 1A South region semifinal game against the defending state champion Poets (10-0). Dunbar is the top seed and might be better than last year's championship team, with junior running back Tavon Austin having a great season with 29 touchdowns. Senior linebacker Keon Redhead also has helped lead the Poets to a perfect regular season, anchoring a defense that has yielded just 8.2 points per game. The Poets have outscored their opponents 402-82 and are on a mission to win it all in the memory of their late coach, Ben Eaton. The Knights got into the playoffs via forfeits after going 3-5 on the field.

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