The Frederick Douglass High School football team (8-2) is riding a seven-game winning streak heading into the 2A South Region playoffs. To keep it going, they will need to spoil Gwynn Park's (10-0) perfect season.
The teams have been here before.
Last year, Gwynn Park dominated Douglass in the regular season, 39-16, but the Eagles reversed that in the playoffs, eliminating the Yellow Jackets 28-6.
Earlier this season, Gwynn Park won, 40-28, in overtime in Brandywine on an interception return.
“Both teams know one another. It's just one of those types of games,” Gwynn Park coach Danny Hayes said.
Douglass was plagued by late-game mistakes early this year but has made significant improvements as the season has progressed, Douglass coach J.C. Pinkney.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Brandywine.
“These are two different teams, but the teams remember the games. It's a historical rivalry, a respectful one,” Pinkney said.
DeMatha Catholic already knocked off the reigning conference champions Sunday, but needs to come up with one more victory against St. John's College to take the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference crown.
The top-seeded Stags (10-1) escaped with a 29-28 overtime victory over four-time defending champion Our Lady of Good Counsel (6-5) thanks to a second-half scoring outburst led by quarterback John Lovett and receiver Cameron Phillips. The two seniors connected nine times for three touchdowns, including one in overtime.
St. John's (9-2) is on a six-game winning streak after defeating Gonzaga 17-10 in the other semifinal. Its last loss: a 26-21 defeat against DeMatha. The WCAC title game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
Charles H. Flowers started 7-0 but has lost its last three games.
The Jaguars (7-3) enter their postseason matchup against top-seeded Suitland (10-0) after losing 25-0 Saturday against Henry A. Wise. The Jaguars managed only 137 total yards of offense.
Following the loss, Jaguars coach Mike Mayo said he was optimistic that injured starting quarterback Malik White (knee) would return for this week's game, set for 1 p.m. at Suitland.
Suitland beat Flowers 27-6 in the Oct. 26 regular season meeting, handing the Jaguars their first loss of the season.
Henry A. Wise's defense has been lights out, shutting out its last three opponents and leading the Pumas (7-3) into the postseason.
Saturday the Pumas get a rematch with one of the teams that beat them this year, DuVal (9-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Lanham. The Tigers are on a six-game winning streak and have averaged 32 points in those victories.
What's it going to take for Wise to advance?
“Basically, the same thing it took for this game [against Flowers],” said senior cornerback Reggie Ware. “We're going to have to have heart, intensity, and be ready to play every single down,”
DuVal snapped Wise's 15-game winning streak with the 14-13 victory. Tigers quarterback Antoine Brooks threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Forestville Military Academy (8-2) overcame a 14-point deficit and capped off its regular season with a 26-20 overtime victory over Potomac. The Knights' run-heavy offense is led by senior quarterback Earon Settles, who ran for two touchdowns in the victory. They are scheduled to play Sparrows Point (7-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Forestville.
Surrattsville (8-2) looks to rebound from a 38-6 defeat against Douglass with a home playoff game against Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology (7-2). The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Clinton.