Two intracounty matchups highlight a week of first-round playoff football games that involve an eye-popping eight Frederick County teams, which learned their postseason opponents Sunday when the MPSSAA revealed the regional brackets for a tournament that was revamped last spring to double the number of participants.
All six games that include local teams will be played at 7 p.m. Friday.
Top-seeded Linganore (8-1) hosts No. 8 seed Frederick (4-5) in Class 3A West action. The Lancers seek to add to their county-best total of six state titles, while this is the Cadets’ first playoff berth since 2004.
Another top seeded team, Middletown (7-2), hosts No. 8 Seneca Valley in the 2A West.
Elsewhere in 2A West, No. 5 Walkersville (6-3) visits No. 4 Oakdale (6-3), the defending state champion. The Bears defeated the Lions 23-20 on Oct. 26.
Catoctin (8-1) landed the top seed in the 1A West, and it gets a first-round visit from No. 8 Southern Garrett (3-6). The Cougars won their lone state title in 2009.
Also in 1A West, No. 7 Brunswick (4-5) heads to No. 2 Fort Hill, as the Railroaders make their first playoff appearance since 2012.
In the Class 4A West, No. 5 Urbana (6-3) travels to face No. 4 Walter Johnson (7-2). The Hawks last reached the playoffs in 2014.