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High School Football: Schedule reaches sudden death

November 05, 2012|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com

Two Washington County high school football teams will kick off postseason play this weekend.

For one, it’s a return to the playoffs after an extended layoff. For the other, it’s becoming a routine.

North Hagerstown (9-1) is in the postseason for the first time since 2006, qualifying as the No. 3 seed in Maryland Class 3A West. The Hubs will go on the road to face second-seeded Seneca Valley (9-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.

North enters the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak after edging city rival South Hagerstown 14-12 last Friday night. The Hubs are making their fifth playoff appearance overall and fourth under coach Dan Cunningham.

The winner will face the Urbana-Damascus winner in the region final.

Boonsboro (8-2) is the top seed in Class 1A West. The Warriors will play host to Brunswick (6-4) in the region semifinals Friday at 7.

The Warriors’ only two losses of the season came against North and South, both 3A schools. In fact, the Warriors didn’t give up a single point in five games against 1A opponents, including a 47-0 win over Brunswick on Oct. 19.

Boonsboro is making its seventh playoff appearance in eight years, only missing the party in 2010 during that span. However, the Warriors have only one playoff win during that time — a 27-12 win over Mountain Ridge in last year’s 1A West semifinals.

The winner will face the Fort Hill-Allegany winner in the region final.

A number of other MVAL schools qualified for the playoffs — a total of nine teams in all.

Manchester Valley is the No. 4 seed in 1A North and will play Reginald Lewis in the region semis Friday. Lewis suffered its only loss of the season to North Hagerstown in Week 1.

The 2A West semis feature three MVAL teams. No. 4 South Carroll plays at No. 1 Middletown and No. 3 Poolesville is at No. 2 Walkersville. Both games are Friday night.

Westminster is the top seed in 4A North. The Owls host Blake on Friday night. Earlier this year, Westminster handed Martinsburg its first loss since the 2009 season.

Three other Tri-State area teams will also play in postseason games this weekend.

In West Virginia, two-time defending state champion Martinsburg (9-1) is the No. 2 seed in Class AAA and will host Woodrow Wilson on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs are making their 15th straight playoff appearance.

Musselman (7-3) is the No. 10 seed and will play at No. 7 Capital on Friday. The Applemen are making their second straight trip to the playoffs and their third in five seasons. Musselman has won three state titles, but none in Class AAA.

In Pennsylvania, Chambersburg (6-4) is in the postseason for the third time in four years. The Trojans will play at Central York in the first round of the PIAA District 3-AAAA playoffs. Chambersburg will finish the year with its first winning season since 1998.

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