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South state football hopes begin with a win

November 07, 2000

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.

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If one or both of those teams lose on Saturday and South beats North on Friday, the Rebels should accumulate enough bonus points to get into the top eight.

Should No. 10 Allegany (5-4) beat Fort Hill (9-0) on Saturday, the Campers could surpass South in the ratings even if the Rebels win on Friday.

For complete ratings in all four classes, see the state football website at www.ccboe.com/stfootball.

- Mark Keller

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