Week 6 Football Games to Watch

The second half of the MPSSAA football season gets underway tomorrow! Here are a few Week 6 games that you should keep an eye on.

Mervo at Patterson

This is a big game for both of these unbeaten teams from Baltimore City. Mervo is 5-0 but the Mustangs are about the start their toughest stretch of the season. Mervo is currently tied with Perry Hall for the fourth and final playoff spot in the 4A North region despite the fact that Perry Hall is 4-1 because their point averages are the same (7.80). Adding to Mervo's tough situation is that after Patterson, they have a tough quartet of games to close out the season, facing Dunbar, Edmondson-Westside, Baltimore City College and Frederick Douglass.

Patterson's 5-0 record has them sitting atop the 2A North standings. The Clippers own Baltimore's longest winning streak at eight games. Patterson last lost a game on October 16, 2014. If the season were to end today, the Clippers would be the number one overall seed for the entire 2A state tournament. They also have a lot to gain from beating Mervo- wining over a 4A school would give them extra points in the MPSSAA system and would put them in excellent shape to be the home team until throughout the playoffs.

The Mustangs and Clippers are scheduled to square off this Saturday at 1:45 PM.

DuVal at Wise

Two unbeaten Prince George's County schools who have hardly been tested in 2015 square off in Week 6. Both are towards the top of the 4A South region, with Wise tied for the top spot with Bowie on point average. DuVal sits behind those two in third place.

Wise survived a close contest in Week 1 against Frederick Douglass 19-6, but has hardly been tested since. They have won by final scores of 73-0, 43-0, 44-7 and 42-0. The Pumas are entering a tough stretch of games in which they will face the three other teams who are in the top 4 of the 4A South, facing Eleanor Roosevelt next week, and Bowie in Week 8.

DuVal, like Wise, had their closest game in Week 1 when they beat CH Flowers 29-12. The Tigers have topped their opponents 29-0, 67-14, 49-0 and 39-7 since then. DuVal is looking to make it two wins in a row against the Pumas. After Wise beat DuVal 15-6 in the regular season in 2014, but the Tigers beat Wise on the road in the playoffs 20-14. DuVal would go on to win the 4A South region title.

This game is scheduled to start at 6:00 this Friday night.

Oakland Mills at Marriotts Ridge

These Howard County rivals are both part of the logjam at the top of the 2A West region. South Carroll, Oakland Mills, Marriotts Ridge, Walkersville, Mountain Ridge and Century are all 4-1. Catoctin and Liberty aren't too far behind them either at 3-2, making it a toss up as to who will get the four playoff spots.

Marriotts Ridge was undefeated their 12-6 loss in Week 5 to River Hill. The Mustangs have been winning on the strength of their defense. They've only allowed 21 points this year, and have recorded shutouts against both Atholton and Centennial. Marriotts Ridge's offense hasn't been as consistent, only averaging 16.2 points per game, but the team has managed to score more than 20 points on three separate occasions.

Oakland Mills was also undefeated until last week, dropping a 29-22 decision against Howard, who is the only unbeaten team in Howard County. The Scorpions have found success through their offense, which is averaging 36 points per game and scoring more than 40 points three times. Oakland Mills is looking to avoid their first losing streak since the 2013 season.

Kickoff for this game is scheduled for 7:00 this Friday night.

Linganore at Oakdale

Linganore finds themselves in one of our highlighted games for the second straight week. For the second straight game, Linganore will face an undefeated Frederick County rival. This week it's Oakdale, who joins Linganore as two of the four undefeated teams in the 3A West region along with Damascus and Seneca Valley.

It required overtime, but Linganore was able to beat Walkersville last week 7-6. The final play of the game was a blocked extra point, which won the game for the Lancers. Linganore now turns their attention to Oakdale, a team they've beaten the past two years by a combined score of 77-13.

While Linganore required overtime to get their win last week, Oakdale recorded their first shutout of the season, winning 42-0 over Catoctin. The Bears are yet to play a close game in 2015 having outscored their opponents 227-58. This is the first of two tough games Oakdale will have in a row though, as they travel to Walkersville next week.

The scheduled kickoff time for this contest is 7:00 this Friday night.

Chesapeake-AA at Northeast

Dubbed the "Dena Bowl" this rivalry match-up pits the two teams from Pasadena against each other. For both of these teams, it is usually the biggest game of the year as most of these players have grown up playing together.

Chesapeake-AA has had the better of Northeast recently, winning the past four games, including a 24-0 shutout last year. The Cougars are 3-2 this year and in the hunt to qualify for the playoffs in the 3A East region. They're looking to bounce back from a rough loss though, as Chesapeake-AA were on the wrong side of a 30-6 scoreline at home against Old Mill in Week 5.

After starting the year 2-1, Northeast has dropped their last two games against Meade and Severna Park. As if they needed added motivation to win this rivalry game, a win in this game would put the Eagles right back in the playoff hunt since multiple teams in the 3A East region have records of either 2-3 or 3-2. Northeast is looking to chip away at Chesapeake-AA's overall record in the series, which is 21-17.

The Dena Bowl is scheduled to start this Friday evening at 6:30.
October 8th, 2015By: Wick Eisenberg

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