6:30 p.m.

Catoctin (5-0) at Walkersville (4-1): These teams resume their longtime rivalry after a two-year hiatus. They mirror each other in a lot of ways. Both rely heavily on their running games and their defenses to pull out wins. But they are both capable of producing big plays with their passing attacks. Catoctin is averaging better than 45 points per game and hasn’t been held under 43 all season. The Walkersville defense, meanwhile, has only given up 48 points all season, including a season-high 17 last week in a shutout loss at Linganore. The Lions have won the last three meetings between these teams, dating to 2014.

Frederick (2-3) at Tuscarora (3-2): Both of these teams are looking to get back on a winning track, as they meet for the first time since 2016. Tuscarora lost to Urbana 42-28 last week, while Frederick dropped a 35-6 decision to visiting Middletown. Tuscarora has won the last four installments, all by lopsided margins, of this crosstown rivalry, dating to 2013.

Penns Grove, N.J. (5-0) at Linganore (5-0): Over the last two weeks, Linganore has attempted three passes. Yet, it has hardly mattered as the Lancers rolled to a 30-17 road win over Oakdale followed by a 17-0 home win against Walkerville. Their one-dimensional nature could be tested this week against unbeaten Penns Grove, which has won 18 in a row, 26 of its last 27 and is the defending Group 1 state champion in New Jersey. That’s roughly the equivalent of Class 1A in Maryland. Outside of a 30-22 victory at Woodstown, New Jersey, on Sept. 13, Penns Grove has not really been tested this season. Linganore, meanwhile, will be looking to go 6-0 for the first time since 2015.

7 p.m.

Oakdale (3-2) at Middletown (3-2): The Bears are looking to snap their first two-game losing streak since 2015. After falling at home to Linganore on Sept. 27, they lost on the road to state power Elkton, 31-14, last week. Oakdale will be looking for its third consecutive win over Middletown. The Knights return home for the first time since a late rally fell short against Linganore in a 28-21 loss on Sept. 20. Since then, they have routed Boonsboro and Frederick on the road. Senior quarterback Reese Poffenbarger accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air, in the victory over 35-6 victory over the Cadets last week.

Brunswick (2-3) at Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (1-4): The Railroaders did not play last week, as they earned a forfeit victory over Thomas Johnson. They are looking to get back on the winning track on the field, as they have dropped two in a row since routing Clear Spring on the road, 50-21, on Sept. 13. They are facing a struggling Berkeley Springs team, which has lost two in a row, including a 63-14 loss at Moorefield, West Virginia, last week.

MSD (4-1) at Hancock (1-4): Orioles quarterback Jaden Joseph connected with receiver Jared Beckler for two touchdowns last week, as MSD bounced back from a blowout loss to Texas School for the Deaf with a 48-0 win over the Hampton Roads (Virginia) Generals. It was the Orioles’ second win of the season over Hampton Roads. They beat the Generals 46-8 on Sept. 7. Hancock, meanwhile, has not scored a point since Sept. 6 when it beat Massanutten Military Academy (Virginia) 30-16. The Panthers have surrendered at least 59 points in each of their last four games.

St. John’s Catholic Prep (4-2) at Overlea (3-2): Defensive linemen don’t often score touchdowns, but sophomore defensive end Micah Glover found the end zone twice last week for the Vikings in a 29-6 home win over James Buchanan. He returned a blocked punt 10 yards for a touchdown and also scooped up a fumble and took it into the end zone. St. John’s Catholic Prep aims for a second consecutive win this week against Overlea, which snapped a two-game losing streak last week with a 15-0 road win over Lansdowne.

— Greg Swatek

(3) comments


Catoctin vs. Walkersville, should be close, looking at comparable scores my choice is Catoctin.

Frederic vs. Tuscorora - Tuscorora probably will win by two touchdowns, possibly more.

Penn Grove vs. Linganore - not watching Pa football, it is hard to say, but Linganore is a 3A school and very good, my pick is Linganore

Oakdale vs. Middletown - close game, if Reese is on, Middletown will win.

Brunswick vs. Berkley Springs - should be Brunswick, but again it is hard to say with an out of state school.

Bart Rowe

Walkersville Easily. Penns Grove is NJ ans people seem worried but it appears that Linganore should be able to wear them down and pull out a 2-3 TD win. Middletown is a toss up game. 2A belongs to Walkersville.


2A, have you looked at Glenelg, Bart?

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