Middletown (1-0) at Urbana (1-0): The Hawks have been a thorn in Middletown’s side over the years. The Knights would have been 14-0 in 2011 if it weren’t for a 28-6 loss at Urbana. And they could have been in the playoffs last season if it wasn’t for a 21-14 loss to the Hawks that helped knock them out of contention. These are two teams looking to build upon momentum from last week. Middletown cruised to a 49-0 home win over Thomas Johnson, while Urbana pulled off a 34-27 victory at Clarksburg.
Liberty (0-1) at Walkersville (1-0): Experience is already paying dividends for Walkersville. Last season, the Lions struggled to win close games with new faces in many positions. But, last week, with most of the team intact from a season ago, they pulled out a 21-16 victory at Tuscarora, as junior quarterback Andrew Stroka connected with senior receiver Brett Hess for the game-winning 68-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. This week, Walkersville seeks to avenge a 17-0 loss to Liberty last season that snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Lions over their Carroll County foe. Liberty opened the season last week with a 35-7 loss to Linganore.
Frederick (1-0) at Oakdale (1-0): This is the first meeting between these teams since 2014, when Oakdale prevailed 42-6 over the visiting Cadets. It’s the fifth meeting overall, with the teams splitting the previous four. Frederick won in 2011 and ‘12 before the Bears prevailed the following two seasons. Both teams won their season openers on the road. Oakdale was tested at Wilde Lake in a 33-20 victory. Senior Ethan Reifer, in his first season as the Bears’ starting quarterback, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another. Frederick, meanwhile, cruised to a 51-18 win at Silver Oak Academy. Senior Kisaye Barnes, a three-year starter at quarterback, accounted for six touchdowns, as he passed for three and ran for three for the Cadets.
Westminster (0-1) at Linganore (1-0): The Lancers have dominated this rivalry over the years and have beaten Westminster the last seven times they have played. The Owls posted back-to-back wins in 2011 and ‘12. But, otherwise, wins against Linganore have been few and far between. The Lancers corralled Liberty quarterback Nathan Kent, last season’s Carroll County Player of the Year, last week in a 35-7 road win over the Lions. Junior Xander McClure scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard kickoff return, for Linganore. Westminster, on the other hand, opened the season with a 42-20 home loss to South River last week.
Catoctin (1-0) at Mountain Ridge (0-1): Junior Ryan Orr, the new starting quarterback at Catoctin, made a strong first impression last week, throwing for 315 yards, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining to Travis Fields, to lift the Cougars to a 43-36 road win over Class 1A West nemesis Boonsboro. Now, Catoctin will make an even longer road trip to Frostburg for its first meeting with Mountain Ridge since 2018. The Miners won that meeting 42-16. However, they weren’t as successful in their season opener last week, falling to perennial state power Fort Hill, 56-7, on the road.
Brunswick (0-1) at Clear Spring (0-1): These are two teams looking to rebound from season-opening losses last week. Brunswick fell to Northern Garrett 22-12, while Clear Spring dropped a 30-7 decision to Colonel Richardson.
MSD (2-0) at Central Maryland Christian (1-2): The Orioles are looking to start 3-0 for the fifth consecutive season. So far, they have posted back-to-back 46-8 wins over St. John’s Catholic Prep and Hampton Roads (Virginia). This week, they take on a Central Maryland Christian team that is coming off a 36-28 home loss last week to Model Secondary School for the Deaf.