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County trio tries to stamp playoff tickets

November 07, 2003|by MARK KELLER

Barring a couple of upsets, Washington County is likely to find itself with three teams in the regional high school football playoffs beginning next Friday.

North Hagerstown has already locked up a playoff berth, regardless of the outcome of tonight's game against South Hagerstown at School Stadium. A win over the Rebels tonight guarantees the Hubs at least one home game in the postseason.

The Hubs (9-0) are tied with South Carroll (8-1) atop the 2A West standings, but North is technically first because it has more wins.

If both teams win this week - the Cavaliers play Liberty (3-6) - the deciding factor in who wins the region could come from the Williamsport-Century game.

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If Williamsport wins, the Hubs get a bonus point due to their win over the Wildcats. If Century wins, South Carroll gets a bonus point for their win over the Knights.

A loss by either North Hagerstown or South Carroll opens the door for Fort Hill (8-1) to take one of the top two seeds by beating Allegany on Saturday.

Smithsburg (5-4) and Hancock (5-4) are third and fourth in 1A West and practically control their own destinies.

If the Leopards beat Boonsboro (1-8) and the Panthers handle Bishop Walsh (3-7), both will only need a Fort Hill win over Allegany (5-4) to qualify.

If Allegany - currently fifth in the region - beats Fort Hill, the Campers would leap over Smithsburg and Hancock and into the third spot, leaving the two county teams to tally bonus points to determine who's in and who's out.

Northern Garrett is still a possibility in 1A West, but the Huskies (4-5) need a win over Southern Garrett (1-8), an Allegany win, Smithsburg and Hancock losses and some other help to make it.

Beall and Catoctin are near locks for the top two seeds in the region.

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