Key league matches on tap as area football season hits midway point

Delvin Johnson (left) and David Foust will try to lead No. 11 South River to a 6th straight victory when the Seahawks host Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County action Friday evening.

by Derek Toney

The area high school football campaign reaches the halfway point starting Friday.

A pair of undefeated matches highlight the slate along with a Top 5 showdown. Nine teams enter the weekend undefeated.

Below is the top five games of the weekend, followed by the complete area schedule.

No. 7 Mervo (4-0) at Edmondson (4-0)

When: Friday, 3:45 p.m.

What you need to know: The Mustangs can pretty much secure the Baltimore City Division I crown with a victory. The Red Storm, off to a 4-0 start for the second straight season, last defeated Mervo in 2015.


No. 4 Calvert Hall College (4-1) at No. 5 McDonogh School (5-0)

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

What you need to know: The resurgent Eagles start MIAA A Conference play with a Top 5 matchup with The Hall. The Cardinals, looking to avoid a 0-2 start in league play for the first time since 2016, have won the prior two meetings against McDonogh.


Parkville (4-0) at Catonsville (4-0)

When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.

What you need to know: The Baltimore County 4A Division crown will be decided. The Comets are off to their best start since 2011 (finished 11-1) when they won the county Division I title and reached 4A state semifinals.

After an impressive victory at Milford Mill last week, Franklin and running back Jonathan Smith takes on Kenwood in Baltimore County 3A Division action Friday.

No. 14 St. Vincent Pallotti (5-1) at Archbishop Curley (4-1)

When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.

What you need to know: The Panthers look to continue their impressive start in MIAA B play (4-0; outscored opposition, 155-7) with a 2018 final rematch with defending champ St. Mary’s looming next weekend. The Friars hope to atone from last week’s 36-7 loss to St. Mary’s.


Oakdale (3-1) at No. 13 Elkton (4-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: The Elks get an opportunity to announce themselves as a legit Class 2A state title contender against the reigning champs. Oakdale humbled Elkton, 38-0, in last year’s state semifinals.



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Concordia Prep (4-1) at No. 12 St. Mary’s (3-2)

Glen Burnie (1-3) at No. 11 South River (4-0)

Kenwood (3-1) at No. 6 Franklin (3-1)

Life Christian Academy (2-3) at No. 3 Archbishop Spalding (4-1)

St. Mary’s, with Alex Wicks and Quinn Donovan, is again setting the pace in the MIAA B Conference. The No. 12 Saints host Concordia Prep at Pascal Field in Annapolis Friday.

No. 1 St. Frances Academy (5-1) at Venice (3-2)

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (4-1) at Gilman School (1-5)

No. 4 Calvert Hall College (4-1) at No. 5 McDonogh School (5-0)

No. 7 Mervo (4-0) at Edmondson (4-0)

No. 9 Dunbar (3-1) at City College (3-1)

No. 10 Milford Mill Academy (3-1) at Chesapeake-Baltimore County (0-4)

No. 14 St. Vincent Pallotti (5-1) at Archbishop Curley (4-1)

No. 15 Marriotts Ridge (3-1) at Reservoir (0-4)

No. 17 New Town (3-1) at Sparrows Point (0-4)

No. 19 Manchester Valley (4-0) at Westminster (2-2)

No. 20 Harford Tech (4-0) at C. Milton Wright (3-1)

Oakdale (3-1) at No. 13 Elkton (4-0)

Wilde Lake (2-2) at No. 16 River Hill (3-1)


Atholton (0-4) at North Hagerstown (1-3)

Centennial (0-4) at Southern (1-3)

Elkton running back Tayshawn Watters was shutdown by Oakdale in last year’s Class 2A state semifinals. The Elks welcome the reigning state champs from Frederick Friday evening.

Eastern Tech (2-2) at Northeast (2-2)

James Buchanan (2-3) vs. St. John’s Catholic Prep (3-2) at McCurdy Field

Poolesville (0-4) at South Carroll (0-4)


Arundel (2-2) at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (3-1)

Broadneck (2-2) at Meade (2-2)

North County (2-2) at Annapolis (1-3)

Old Mill (3-1) at Severna Park (1-3)


Digital Harbor (1-3) at Poly (1-3)

Douglass (1-3) at Lake Clifton (3-1)

National Academy Foundation (0-3) at Forest Park (1-3)

New Era Academy (1-3) vs. Benjamin Franklin (1-3) at Baybrook Park

Reginald Lewis (3-1) at Carver Vo-Tech (3-1)

Southwestern (0-2) at Patterson (2-2)


Hereford (1-3) at Owings Mills (3-1)

Parkville (4-0) at Catonsville (4-0)

Edmondson coach Corey Johnson has his team 4-0 for the second straight season. The Red Storm host No. 7 and undefeated Mervo Friday afternoon in west Baltimore.

Pikesville (0-4) vs. Western Tech (0-4) at CCBC-Catonsville

Randallstown (2-2) at Loch Raven (4-0)

Woodlawn (3-1) at Dundalk (3-1)


Francis Scott Key (1-3) at Century (2-2)

Liberty (2-2) at Winters Mill (2-2)


Hammond (1-3) at Mount Hebron (0-4)

Howard (1-3) at Glenelg (2-2)

Long Reach (2-2) at Oakland Mills (3-1)


St. Paul’s School (0-4) at Annapolis Area Christian School (0-4)


Aberdeen (1-3) at Bel Air (2-2)

Bohemia Manor (1-3) at Joppatowne (2-2)

Havre de Grace (1-3) at Edgewood (2-2)

Patterson Mill (4-0) at North Harford (2-2)

Perryville (3-1) at North East (1-3)


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No. 18 John Carroll School (4-1) at Severn School (0-5)


Perry Hall (0-4) at Dulaney (2-2)

Towson (2-2) at Patapsco (3-1)