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Prep football notes - Halfway home, a playoff glance

October 11, 2002|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

Maryland football has reached the halfway point of the football season, which justifies an early look at the playoff prospects for local teams.

Washington County


South Hagerstown (4-1) leads the 1A West region standings through five weeks and is fourth overall. A win against Francis Scott Key at home tonight would give the Rebels a huge boost in their quest for the school's first postseason berth. A 7-3 record could get them in. Remaining opponents: FSK, Catoctin, Williamsport, Middletown, North Hagerstown.

Hancock (3-2) likely has to win out in order to get in. Currently 13th in 1A West, the Panthers' key could be a win over St. John's at Prospect Hall in the season's final week. Remaining opponents: Maret, Turkeyfoot, Palotti, Hundred, SJPH.

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Boonsboro (2-3) must get a win over Catoctin on Saturday to stay in contention. One more loss will knock out the Warriors unless they can beat Middletown. Remaining games: Catoctin, Williamsport, Middletown, North, Smithsburg.

Smithsburg (1-4), North (1-4) and Williamsport (0-5) are out of contention.

Frederick County


Middletown (4-1), having lost to Francis Scott Key in Week 2, cannot afford another loss if it is to make the 2A playoffs. An 8-2 record usually gets left out of 2A under the current playoff format. The Knights are currently 12th in the standings. Remaining games: North, Smithsburg, Boonsboro, South, Walkersville.

Catoctin (4-1) has been one of the biggest surprises in the area this year. Currently 8th in 1A, the Cougars have a tough road ahead and have very few bonus points to their credit right now (only two wins by their four defeated opponents). They'll probably have to go 8-2 for a shot at getting in. Remaining games: Boonsboro, South, Walkersville, FSK, Brunswick.

Brunswick (2-3) is essentially in the same boat as Boonsboro. A 6-4 mark will probably leave the Railroaders out unless one of those six wins comes against FSK. Remaining games: Walkersville, North, FSK, Smithsburg, Catoctin.

Walkersville (2-3), Thomas Johnson (2-3) and Frederick (1-4) are out of contention.

West Virginia


Martinsburg (6-0) is about as close to a lock as you can find. The Bulldogs are scoring points at a record pace and their final four opponents have a total of seven wins between them (four of which belong to Fort Hill). The question here is can they gain enough bonus points to earn the top seed in Class AAA? Remaining games: Hampshire, Jefferson, Fort Hill, Musselman.

Berkeley Springs (5-1) has huge games this week (Moorefield) and next (Frankfort). Currently 8th in the Class AA ratings, the Indians could lock up a home playoff game (and their first playoff appearance ever) with wins in both games. Remaining games: Moorefield, Frankfort, East Hardy, Heritage.

Hedgesville, Jefferson and Musselman (all 1-5) are out of contention.

Pennsylvania


Chambersburg (2-4), Greencastle (1-5), James Buchanan (1-5) and Waynesboro (1-5) are all out of contention.

Around the horn


Middletown extended its domination of Brunswick with a 34-21 win last Friday. The Knights have a 27-1 record in the series, their only loss to the Railroaders coming in 1980. ... North Hagerstown's 40-0 victory over Williamsport tied a school record for largest margin of victory. The Hubs also beat James Buchanan 40-0 in October 1968. ... Williamsport has the area's longest losing streak at 13 games, followed by Mercersburg Academy's 11-game skid. ... Martinsburg has the longest win streak in the area with eight straight (not including playoffs). The Bulldogs have won 34 of 38 regular season games since losing back-to-back games against Allegany and Jefferson in 1998.

Player of the Week


Brandon Barrett, Martinsburg: The junior receiver caught six touchdown passes in the Bulldogs' 75-3 win over Sherando. His TD catches of 29, 10, 35, 18, 8 and 31 yards give him 18 on the season, just two shy of the state record set by Moorefield's Lucas Taylor in 1998.

Other top performances last week included:

  • Josh Keeney, Middletown: The senior running back ran for 282 yards and four touchdowns in the Knights' 34-21 win over Brunswick. Keeney ran the ball on 24 of Middletown's 27 second-half offensive plays.

  • Matt Rockwell, Berkekey Springs: The junior receiver caught seven passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns as the Indians beat Hancock, 40-3.

  • Brandon Caton, Musselman: The senior running back ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Applemen to their first win of the season, 45-33 over Jefferson.

  • Dustin Sier, Smithsburg: The senior running back returned to the lineup and ran for 216 yards, but the Leopards lost to Catoctin, 34-12.

  • Brandon Monroe, St. John's-PH: The senior running back caught 10 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score as the Vikings beat Baltimore Lutheran, 46-12.
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