South state football hopes begin with a win
The South Hagerstown football team strengthened its position in the hunt for a Maryland Class 1A playoff bid with a 32-26 win over Middletown on Friday, but the Rebels will still need some help if they're to earn their first postseason berth.
The Rebels are No. 9 in the latest playoff ratings released Monday. The top eight teams in each class (four region champions and four at-large teams) advance to the state tournament beginning Nov. 17.
In order for South (6-3) to advance, it must beat North Hagerstown (5-4) at School Stadium on Friday night. A loss would eliminate the Rebels from contention.
South also needs one of two teams ahead of it in the standings to lose. No. 5 Kent County (7-2) plays Queen Anne's (7-2) and No. 6 Glenelg (6-3) plays Long Reach (5-4) in games on Saturday.