Key Games

November 13, 2008

Football

Class 2A South regional semifinal

Gwynn Park @ No. 1 River Hill

WHEN: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK: River Hill, which has not lost a game in the past two seasons and only one in the past three, opens the playoffs and the defense of its 2A state title against Gwynn Park. The Yellow Jackets upset high-powered Dunbar, 33-32, in the opening game of the season. Gwynn Park, however, comes into tomorrow night's game off a 26-12 home loss to Frederick Douglass, which burned the Jackets' aggressive cornerbacks for three touchdowns. That catapulted the Eagles to the No. 3 seed and left Gwynn Park (8-2) to contend with River Hill. The Hawks love to use QB Luke Hostetler and RBs Michael Campanaro and Malek Redd in a powerful running game. But River Hill also can find success through the air, and its defense has recorded six shutouts this season.

The Baltimore Sun's pick: River Hill

Football

Class 3A East regional semifinal

Howard @ No. 7 Wilde Lake

WHEN: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK: The county rivals met during the regular season, with the Wildecats (9-1) pulling out a 27-13 victory, but the Lions (7-3) are nothing if not confident. "We're excited," Howard G Adam Mease said. "I think [that] if we come out and play our best and take care of the football, we can win." This is Howard's second trip to the playoffs since 1999 but the first under coach Bruce Strunk. Strunk is a former assistant to Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall, who is retiring at the end of this season after 36 years, more than 300 victories and five state championships. Strunk took the helm this season at Howard, and when these teams met this season DuVall said they played "smash-mouth" football. No reason to think it will be any different tomorrow.

The Baltimore Sun's pick: Wilde Lake

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