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Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association determines the four teams that advance to the postseason in football through a points system that rewards schools for defeating good teams. Here’s a look at the race for playoff berths with two regular-season games to be played:

4A South

Suitland has clinched a top-two seed.

DuVal has clinched a playoff berth and would clinch a top-two seed by defeating Flowers on Saturday.

Flowers has clinched a playoff berth and could finish with the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 seed. If it wins either of its last two games (DuVal and Wise), Flowers would clinch a top-three seed.

If Wise beats Flowers in two weeks, Wise would make the playoffs.

If Wise beats High Point this week and Bowie loses either of its final two games (Oxon Hill or Bladensburg), Wise would make the playoffs and Bowie would be eliminated.

If Wise beats Hight Point and loses to Flowers and Bowie wins its final two games, then Wise would make the playoffs if at least six of the following eight games go as listed (if a game appears twice, it counts twice): Douglass over Central, Northwestern over Bladensburg, Northwestern over Bladensburg, Suitland over Parkdale, Douglass over Surrattsville, High Point over Suitland, Northwestern over Eleanor Roosevelt and Oxon Hill over Parkdale. If five or fewer of the preceding eight games go as listed in that scenario — and Wise beats Hight Point and loses to Flowers and Bowie wins its final two games — Bowie would make the playoffs.

Eleanor Roosevelt would be eliminated if it loses either of its final two games (Laurel or Northwestern) or Wise wins either of its final two games (High Point or Flowers).

Oxon Hill would be eliminated if it loses either of its final two games (Bowie or Parkdale) or if Wise wins either of its last two games (High Point or Flowers).

2A South

Gwynn Park has already clinched a top-three seed. If it wins either of its final two games (Fairmont Heights or Friendly), Gwynn Park would clinch a top-two seed. For Gwynn Park to have a chance at the No. 1 seed, Patuxent must lose its final two games (Calvert and Northern-Calvert).

Frederick Douglass controls its own destiny for a top-three seed. If Frederick Douglass beats Central and Southern-Anne Arundel loses to Annapolis, Frederick Douglass would clinch a playoff berth this week. Alternatively, Frederick Douglass would clinch a playoff berth this week if it beats Central and Hammond loses to Wilde Lake and any one of the following outcomes occurs: Friendly over Surrattsville, Glenelg over Long Reach, Centennial over Marriotts Ridge, Howard over River Hill.

Even if it wins its final two games (Surrattsville and Gwynn Park), Friendly would need help to reach the playoffs. However, it’s also possible Friendly could make the playoffs by splitting its final two games.

Potomac must win its final two games (Crossland and Forestville) to have a chance of reaching the postseason. Hammond winning either of its final two games (Wilde Lake or Centennial), Southern-Anne Arundel winning both its final two games (Annapolis and Chesapeake-Anne Arundel) or Friendly winning both its final two games (Surrattsville and Gwynn Park) would eliminate Potomac.

1A North

Surrattsville would clinch the No. 1 seed with a win in either of its final two games

Forestville, though it has yet to clinch a playoff berth, controls its destiny for a top-three seed.

Central would be eliminated with a loss in either of its final two games (Frederick Douglass or Largo) or any one of the following: Gwynn Park over Fairmont Heights, Crossland over Fairmont Heights, Forestville over Largo, Surrattsville over Frederick Douglass, Patterson over Maritime Academy, FAET over Maritime Academy, FAET over Bluford Drew Jemison, Southwestern over Patterson, Southwestern over Dunbar, Lake Clifton over Bluford Drew Jemison, Lake Clifton over Lewis.

dfeldman@gazette.net