Seven Baltimore-area football teams hold onto first place in the regional playoff standings at the halfway point of the regular season – Westminster, Old Mill, Milford Mill, Mount Hebron, Edmondson, Dunbar and Overlea.
With bonus points up for grabs, being undefeated doesn't guarantee a team first place in its region. There’s no better example of that than in Class 2A East where five teams remain undefeated. Queen Anne’s and Elkton are tied for first place with Fallston in third and Kent Island in fourth. Wicomico is in fifth.
There are 23 unbeaten teams remaining in the state, with only 13 in first place. Class 2A has 10 undefeated teams, while Class 1A has just one, Perryville.
Friday night games will decide whether three of those undefeated teams -- Old Mill, Milford Mill and Mount Hebron -- hold onto first place in their regions, because each faces the second-place team. The top four teams in each region make the playoffs.
In Class 4A East, Old Mill hosts Arundel. Both are undefeated with the defending state champion Patriots holding a slight edge in points average. Broadneck (4-1) stands third, followed by North Point (3-2).
In Class 3A North, Milford Mill is undefeated with more than a two-point lead over Franklin (4-1), the Millers' Friday night foe. Hereford (4-1) is third and Parkville (4-1) is fourth.
In Class 3A East, Mount Hebron holds a slight edge over defending state champion River Hill. Only one will remain unbeaten after Friday night’s meeting. Atholton is third and Howard, a distant fourth.
Other local teams holding onto top spots:
Class 4A North: Westminster (5-0). Sherwood is second, followed by Springbrook. Catonsville is tied for fourth with Blake.
Class 2A North: Edmondson (5-0). Owings Mills is second, followed by Douglass and Dundalk.
Class 1A North: Overlea. New Town is second, followed by Lewis and Manchester Valley.
Class 1A North: Defending state champion Dunbar. Forestville is second, followed by DuBois and Surrattsville.
In Class 2A West, Century is holding onto the fourth spot with defending state champ Middletown (5-0) in first.
To see all the regional standings, go to the MPSSAA web site.