Playoff spots on line in final week of area football regular season; pair of 8-0 teams to collide in Bel Air

by Derek Toney

The final weekend of the 2019 high school football regular season starts Friday with several teams looking to make the new state public postseason tournament. The MIAA postseason will be finalized as well.

Two of the area’s biggest rivalry games – Gilman School/McDonogh School and City/Poly will be renewed.

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

No. 12 Elkton (8-0) at No. 17 Harford Tech (8-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: The winner clinches the UCBAC Chesapeake championship as well as the No. 1 overall seed for the Class 2A state playoffs. Elkton defeated Harford Tech, 21-14, in last year’s 2A East Region semifinals.


Archbishop Curley (7-2) at John Carroll School (5-3)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: The pairings for the MIAA B Conference playoffs will be decided as the winner gets the No. 3 seed and a semifinal date at No. 14 and two-time defending champ St. Mary’s next weekend, and the loser gets the 4th spot and play No. 1 seed and 13th-ranked St. Vincent Pallotti at Fairland Regional Park in Laurel. Curley won last year’s meeting, 27-21.


Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (4-4) at Northeast (3-5)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: Nicknamed “The Dena Bowl,” the two Anne Arundel County programs meet for bragging rights in Pasadena. Chesapeake, which beat Northeast in the 3A East semifinals en route to its first state semifinal last year, can put Northeast’s playoff hopes (currently 8th in 3A South; Chesapeake is 6th) in limbo with a victory.


City College (4-4) vs. Poly (2-6)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Morgan State University

What you need to know: The oldest rivalry in Maryland high school football and one of the nation’s longest is renewed, with the winner gaining the series advantage (tied at 62 with 6 ties). City can secure a Class 3A North playoff spot with a victory (currently 6th), but a loss could put its hopes in peril with three 4-4 teams behind them.


No. 5 Archbishop Spalding (5-4) at No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (7-2)

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

What you need to know: This game sets the stage for the remaining three spots for the MIAA A Conference playoffs. The Gaels (2-1) gets the No. 2 seed with a victory, leaving Calvert Hall College (2-2) and Spalding (1-2) with the 3rd and 4th seed, respectively. A Spalding victory creates a 3-way tie, and the team with lowest average margin in league losses would get the No. 2 seed.



TOP 20

Avalon School at No. 4 Calvert Hall College (7-2)

Concordia Prep (5-4) vs. No. 13 St. Vincent Pallotti (8-1) at Fairland Regional Park

Digital Harbor (3-5) at No. 7 Mervo (8-0)

Howard (3-5) at No. 15 River Hill (7-1)

Manchester Valley (5-3) at No. 19 Liberty (5-3)

No. 9 South River (8-0) at North County (3-5)

No. 11 Milford Mill Academy (7-1) at Overlea (5-3)

No. 12 Elkton (8-0) at No. 17 Harford Tech (8-0)

No. 14 St. Mary’s (6-3) at Severn School (1-8)

No. 18 Parkville (8-0) at Kenwood (4-4)

No. 20 Marriotts Ridge (6-2) at Atholton (4-4)

Patterson (5-3) at No. 10 Dunbar (7-1)

Winters Mill (4-4) at No. 16 Westminster (6-2)




Havre de Grace (2-6) at Century (5-3)

Pikesville (3-5) at Seneca Valley (3-5)



Arundel (5-3) at Broadneck (4-4)

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (4-4) at Northeast (3-5)

Glen Burnie (1-7) at Meade (6-2)

Severna Park (3-5) at Southern (1-7)



Carver Vo-Tech (4-4) vs. Benjamin Franklin (2-6) at Baybrook Park

Lake Clifton (5-3) at Forest Park (4-4)

Douglass (2-6) at New Era Academy (2-5)

Edmondson (6-2) at Southwestern (1-5)



Catonsville (5-3) at Randallstown (5-3)

Dundalk (5-3) at Perry Hall (0-8)

Lansdowne (1-7) at Owings Mills (5-3)

New Town (5-3) vs. Eastern Tech (4-4) at CCBC-Essex

Patapsco (3-5) at Loch Raven (6-2)

Sparrows Point (2-6) at Hereford (5-3)



Francis Scott Key (3-5) at South Carroll (0-8)



Glenelg (5-3) at Long Reach (3-5)

Hammond (4-4) at Centennial (1-7)

Oakland Mills (5-3) at Wilde Lake (2-6)

Reservoir (0-8)  at Mount Hebron (1-7)


Archbishop Curley (7-2) at John Carroll School (5-3)

Boys’ Latin School (3-4) at St. Paul’s School (2-6)


Bohemia Manor (1-7) at Perryville (4-4)

C. Milton Wright (4-4) at Aberdeen (3-5)

Edgewood (4-4) at Bel Air (3-5)

Joppatowne (3-5) at Patterson Mill (5-3)

North Harford (3-5) at Fallston (3-5)



TOP 20

Clarkson Football North (3-6) vs. No. 1 St. Frances Academy (8-1) at Patterson Park

Gilman School (1-8) at No. 2 McDonogh School (9-0)

Largo (2-6) at No. 8 Loyola Blakefield (7-1)

No. 5 Archbishop Spalding (5-4) at No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (7-2)

Woodlawn (4-4) at No. 6 Franklin (6-2)


Greene Street Academy (4-4) at Annapolis Area Christian School (1-7)

St. John’s Catholic Prep (4-5) at George School (1-5)


City College (4-4) vs. Poly (2-6) at Morgan State University


Dulaney (5-3) at Towson (4-4)

Western Tech (0-8) at Chesapeake-Baltimore County (1-7)


North East (5-3) at Rising Sun (7-1)